Obviously this baby needed a recipe post.
The denim/gingham bow/cherry embroidery combination reminded me of classic summer desserts: berry shortcakes and cherry pies and bright red snowcones. That reminded me of this wonderful, tiny snowcone stand in Virginia where we used to go on our days off when I was a camp counselor that offers “stuffed snowballs”: a snowcone layered with soft service ice cream. It sounds bizarre and is indescribably delicious, and my favorite was a “chocolate-stuffed-cherry snowball”: cherry snowcone layered with chocolate soft serve. This reminded me of ice cream sundaes, with cherries on top. So I came up with some lovely cherry ice cream that would taste luscious on its own, in a hot fudge sundae, or whirled into a tall, cool milkshake.
Cherry Chocolate-Swirl Ice Cream
For the fudge swirl:
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. water
1/3 c. corn syrup
6 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine sugar, water, corn syrup, and cocoa in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking to dissolve the sugar and cocoa. Continue to whisk until mixture begins to bubble. Cook at a low boil for one minute, then remove from heat. Whisk in the vanilla extract. Chill until ready to use.
For the cherries:
About 3/4 lb fresh cherries, pitted (about 2 c.)
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Pulse cherries, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract in a food processor until chopped, but not perfectly smooth. Chill.
For the ice cream:
2 c. heavy cream, divided
1 c. whole milk
3/4 c. granulated sugar
pinch of salt
6 egg yolks
Pour 1 c. of the cream into a medium bowl and set a mesh strainer on top. Combine the remaining 1 c. cream, milk, sugar, and pinch of salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Warm the mixture, whisking to dissolve the sugar, until it begins to simmer gently. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Pour the hot cream mixture into the eggs yolks in a very, very thin stream, whisking all the while to avoid scrambling the eggs. Once the eggs and cream are fully combined, return the custard to the saucepan and continue to cook, until the mixture thickens and begins to steam gently. Pour through the mesh strainer into the remaining 1 c. cream, add the chilled cherry mixture, and stir to combine. Chill the ice cream base until very cold, at least a few hours or overnight. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Layer some of the cold fudge ripple mixture in a container, then transfer some of the semi-frozen ice cream to the container. Continue to layer fudge ripple and ice cream, stirring once or twice only (you want to keep distinct ribbons of fudge, rather than mixing it in. I…did a terrible job). Place container in freezer until frozen solid. For best results, serve topped with a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.
Cherry Fling Bra by Bravissimo:
Note: I purchased Cherry Fling with my own money through my personal email account (not my Sweet Nothings account). All opinions are my own.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but there’s some kind of magic in Bravissimo’s own brand non-padded balconette and plunge bras that makes it feel like they were MADE for me. The moment I saw Cherry Fling in the summer release, I knew I wanted to try it. I’ve never seen a bra like this for the full-bust market in my life. A three-part balconette cup, the two lower parts are a laminated, denim-print fabric that offers phenomenal uplift and support, while the top part of the cup features bright, bold cherries embroidered in red on white mesh, with gingham bows trimming both bra and brief. The bra features fully-adjustable straps, and my size closes with three columns of three rows of hooks-and-eyes.
I really adore this bra. The shape and construction are similar to Boudoir Beau and Lola Luxe, offering lovely deep, narrow cups with a gently rounded, natural shape. It’s a perfect example of an amazing everyday bra, taken to a new level of awesome with the delightful, slightly kitschy denim-and-cherry design. I read some reports online that the cups ran slightly small, so I ordered a cup size up from what I wear in Eveden/Panache. It’s slightly big, and I suspect if I lose even a little bit of weight I’ll notice it more, but for right now I’m pretty happy with the fit. If you’re between cup sizes, definitely order your larger size.
The coordinating shorts are magnificent– size-wise, they run comparably to Eveden, so I ordered a size down and they fit perfectly. The rise is a sweet spot between a bikini and a high-waist brief, and they suit the sweet retro design beautifully. As someone with a bit of a belly, I ADORE these– they are incredibly flattering, emphasize and/or create an hourglass shape, and they don’t roll down or dig in. More, more, more please!
In the interest of full disclosure, my bra developed a fault after only a few wears and two washes:
The net at the seam of one cup has come unstitched, despite my following all of the lingerie-washing rules. Bravissimo has responded exactly the way they should: I received a prompt email response, even on a Saturday,
with a link to a prepaid returns label (well, that’s disappointing: it doesn’t work in the US) and a promise to examine the bra and address my concerns. Hopefully a new cherry bra will find its way back to me soon.