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Cherry Crunch Ice Cream

I received this wonderful recipe many years ago from a friend. The creamy custard-style ice cream has a mild cherry flavor with a fun oat crunch. It takes some time to make, but it's worth the extra effort! -Dorothy Koshinski, Decatur, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Process: 20min./batch + freezing
  • Makes
    2-1/2 quarts


  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup cold butter
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling


  • In a large saucepan, whisk eggs, sugar and milk until combined. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160° and coats the back of a metal spoon. Remove from the heat; cool. Beat in the pudding mix, cream, vanilla and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • In a bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Spread in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Stir pie filling into cream mixture. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze.
  • After removing from ice cream freezer, stir a portion of oat mixture into each batch. Transfer to a freezer container. Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 405 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 140mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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