Monday, September 16, 2013

E. D. Smith Cherry Preserves at Costco; and a Recipe for Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

The E. D. Smith preserves carried at my Nashville Costco is Peach Mango and is great; but, I've noticed that up north Costco carries E. D. Smith Michigan Cherry preserves. 

We visited our Peoria family over Memorial Day; and, of course, I visited the new Peoria Costco.  I've been wanting to try the cherry preserves I had seen in other northern Costcos, and this seemed like a good time.

This E. D. Smith product is not overly sweet and has a wonderful cherry flavor that reminds me of my grandmother's pies - not too sour and not too sweet.

As with many Costco products, the jar is large. Two and 1/2 pounds is a great deal of preserves.  But an abundance of preserves can't be a bad thing, can it?  

I've been searching for creative ways to cook with preserves. I tried cherry jam popovers and will try Lindsey Landis' thumb print jam cookies, but what I most wanted to try was Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream.

My favorite ice cream as a child was Cherry Vanilla, and I thought I might be able to duplicate it with this jam.  I was happy with this recipe; I made quite a few modifications to a vanilla ice cream recipe I found on-line:

Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup sugar

8 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar

1 cup E. D. Smith Cherry Jam
2 tsp. vanilla

In top of double boiler, heat together the cream, milk and 1/4 cup sugar until the sugar melts. In a separate pan whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well mixed.  Slowly pour 1/4 cup of hot mixture into eggs, stirring continuously, repeat.   Pour the egg mixture into the hot milk slowly. Continue stirring occasionally until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon.

Remove mixture from heat and stir in 1 cup cherry preserves and 2 teaspoon vanilla.  Put in covered bowl and cool in the fridge for six hours.  Freeze in an ice cream maker for 20 minutes, put in freezer containers and let harden in fridge for an hour or as long as you can wait.

The cherries are a tart, tiny flavor surprise when you come upon them in the rich ice cream.

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