I love chocolate, I love cherries and I love ice cream. This incredibly easy recipe I found in Rachel Ray’s first cookbook, is perfect for Valentine’s Day. If you are feeling energetic, make up a batch of Cindy’s vanilla ice cream, if not, get a pint of your favorite along with a can of pitted cherries and a bottle of chocolate liqueur. I’ve used Godiva, dark or white, but there are many brands to suit every budget.
Drain the cherries and reserve the liquid. Throw 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and one tablespoon corn starch into a small saucepan and add a cup of the reserved cherry juice. Stir over medium heat just until it begins to thicken, 1 or 2 minutes, add the cherries, cook about 1 minute more and turn off the heat.
These are from King Orchards.
Of course, you can play with this. Make a non-alcoholic version using chocolate sauce. Add whipped cream and shaved chocolate, put it on a brownie. This year, I’m going to try it with Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, but the basic original is, I promise you, a Valentine’s Day treat.