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Eskimo Bars

12 Jul

I had my doubts about these. Homemade magic shell layer? How well can that turn out…really? Turns out, pretty darn great! I opted to go for the no-dip version, because dipping them was a little tricky and a lota messy (I lack a certain coordination apparently – that and my chocolate must have been a little on the warm side because it was melting my ice cream right off the brownie).  So, I drizzled instead. I poured a layer of caramel sauce (I used a jar of caramel ice cream topping) between the brownie and the ice cream layer instead of dipping it as well. This was both good and bad. I liked having everything together without having to worry about double dipping every time I wanted my caramel fix. However, it made the ice cream a little slippery and my layers didn’t want to stay stuck together. I plan on remedying this eventually (I’ll keep you posted if it works…or you try it and let me know ;)). I’m guessing that if I use my thicker homemade caramel instead of the store bought kind, then I think it will serve as a more effective glue between the ice cream and brownies.  Darn. I hate having to remake recipes over and over again until I get them right. Especially when they involve brownies and ice cream and caramel. It’s just torture. But, someone has to do it…and eat it…every time. Darn. 🙂

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INGREDIENTS

 

Brownie Layer:
    • 10 tablespoons butter
    • 1 1/4 cups sugar
    • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Ice Cream Layer:
    • 1 quart good-quality vanilla ice cream (storebought or homemade)
Magic Shell Layer:
    • 3/4 cup coconut oil
    • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Caramel Sauce:
  • 1-2 cups good-quality storebought or homemade caramel sauce

 

DIRECTIONS

 

  1. For the brownies, position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325°F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8×8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. Lightly grease with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for one minute intervals, stirring in between, until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. Set the mixture aside until it cools slightly (is warm to the touch not hot). It will look gritty but it will become smooth once the other ingredients are added. Stir in the vanilla with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously after each one. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended, add the flour and stir until you cannot see it any longer, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with the wooden spoon or a rubber spatula. Spread evenly in the lined pan.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center emerges slightly moist with batter, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack and then chill in the refrigerator or freezer until thoroughly cold – this will help the brownies hold up well to the ice cream layer that’s coming.
  4. For the ice cream layer, soften the ice cream to spreading consistency (leaving at room temperature for 15-20 minutes should do the trick), then spread an even layer across the chilled brownies. The ice cream layer should be about an inch thick. Put the pan in the freezer until very firm (1-2 hours).
  5. For the magic shell, in a microwave-safe bowl, combine the coconut oil and chocolate chips. It helps if the bowl is more tall than wide so that when you dip the bars, the chocolate mixture is deep and not super shallow. Microwave for one minute intervals at 50% power until the chocolate is melted. Stir the mixture until it is smooth. It will be fairly runny.
  6. Remove the pan of brownies from the freezer. Gently lift the foil handles and remove the ice cream layered brownies from the pan. Cut the browines in half. Then, working with one half at a time (you might want to return the other half to the freezer if your kitchen is overly warm), cut rectangle into long, thin bars, about 1-inch by 4-inches. You should end up with 8 or so bars per half. Repeat with the remaining half. It is best to put all the cut bars onto a tray or plate and keep them in the refrigerator while dipping so they stay as cold as possible.
  7. Place a baking rack over a sheet of parchment paper or waxed paper or even aluminum foil (to help with cleanup). Working one-by-one, gently hold the ice cream bar at the base of the brownie and dip it quickly into the chocolate shell mixture (tilt the bowl to help deepen the chocolate for easier dipping) until completely coated and place on the baking rack. Your hands will get messy but I promise it’s worth it! Repeat the dipping process with each bar. After I dipped about 5-7 bars and the chocolate shell had hardened (it sets up very quickly, especially if your ice cream and brownie is very cold), I gently removed them from the cooling rack and put them in the freezer so the ice cream didn’t melt and kept dipping the other bars that were waiting in the freezer.
  8. Make note that the chocolate shell mixture will want to stick to the baking rack so pry the eskimo bars carefully off the baking rack so the chocolate shell doesn’t crack as you separate them from where the chocolate has hardened to the rack.
  9. When ready to serve, remove the eskimo bars from the freezer and let them sit at room temperature for 5-7 minutes. Warm the caramel sauce until it is runny and slightly warm but not overly hot (you don’t want any burned fingers).
  10. Dip the eskimo bars in the caramel and enjoy!

 

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Original recipe: http://www.melskitchencafe.com/outrageous-eskimo-bars/

 

 

 

 

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Snickers Ice Cream Cake

18 Mar

I should be posting about the fabulously Irish dinner we had tonight, but I don’t have the pictures uploaded yet, so instead you get the equally fabulous ice cream cake we made for my husband’s birthday. Holy crap this is a rich cake! Very, very tasty and it gets an A++ for presentation. In all honesty, I think next time I will substitute the peanut butter ice cream for plain vanilla. Not that I didn’t like it, it’s just that I couldn’t even finish an entire slice because of the richness. I was done about half way through. A little less sweet, and I could have eaten half the cake – so maybe it’s a good thing I was forced into moderation. 🙂 But, keep the vanilla ice cream option in mind if you like to tone things down a little.

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Ingredients

1 box brownie mix, plus ingredients required on box
1/4 cup milk
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
1 20 oz bottle chocolate sundae syrup
1 20 oz bottle caramel sundae syrup
1 11.5 oz bag mini snickers, chopped, divided into three groups

Instructions

NOTE: An 8-inch springform pan is best for this recipe so that you can easily remove the cake once it’s been assembled. If you do not have a springform pan, line your pan with clear wrap before adding your parchment paper and cake board. You can use the clear warp to lift your cake out of the pan once it’s assembled and frozen.
Brownies:
1. Make brownie dough according to instructions on back of box.
2. Grease two 8-inch pans (preferable springform pans, see above) and line the bottoms with parchment paper to allow for easy removal. Bake at temperature on box, reducing baking time to about 20 minutes (You can also bake 1 big brownie – which would cook for the normal time – and cut it in half, but cutting a brownie in half isn’t super easy).
3. When brownies are done baking, allow to completely cool.
Ice Cream:
1. Combine milk, cream cheese, sugar and peanut butter together in the bowl of a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer. Mix until completely combined.
2. Fold in the cool whip.
Assembling it all:
1. Line the sides of an 8-inch springform pan with parchment paper. The parchment paper should stick up above the top edge of the pan, since the cake will probably be a little taller than your pan. If you want, put a cardboard cake circle in the bottom of the pan.
NOTE: You should be using the same 8-inch pan you used for the brownies. Not all 8-inch pans are exactly the same size. Your brownie needs to fit in this pan.
2. Put the first brownie layer in the bottom of your pan.
3. Spread 1/2 cup caramel sauce and 1/2 cup chocolate sauce over the brownie. Top with first group of chopped snickers.
4. Top with half of the peanut butter ice cream.
5. Add second brownie to the pan, on top of the ice cream.
6. Again cover with 1/2 cup caramel sauce and 1/2 cup chocolate sauce. Top with second group of chopped snickers.
7. Top with remaining peanut butter ice cream.
8. Allow ice cream cake to freeze completely.
9. When frozen, remove from springform pan and remove parchment paper from sides.
10. Top with additional caramel sauce and chocolate sauce, allowing it to drizzle down the sides.
11. Cover with remaining chopped snickers and a little more caramel and chocolate sauce.

 

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Original recipe: http://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2013/05/28/snickers-peanut-butter-brownie-ice-cream-cake/

 

 

Ice Cream Cake

30 Dec

My brother-in-law turned 40 over the Christmas holidays, so we had to make him feel just a little bit old. 🙂 I had fun with this cake, but I felt like I cheated a little…ok, a lot! The only part I actually made was the cookie layer. But it turned out so good, I think I’d cheat again, regardless of my culinary conscience.

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Ingredients:

Cookie Layer:
8 Tbsp (1/2 cup) butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and lightly grease an 8″-round springform pan. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar.  Add the egg, then beat until pale and slightly fluffy. Whisk in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Fold the dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredients, until everything is incorporated. Then, fold in the chocolate chips. Spread this dough into an even layer in the prepared pan. Bake the cookie layer at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the middle should come out clean. Once the cookie is done, allow it to cool completely while in the pan.

Top cookie layer with softened ice cream – flavor of choice (I used butter pecan). Place springform pan in freezer and let ice cream set. Once hardened (1-2 hours), unlatch springform edge and remove. Frost with whipped cream or whipped cream frosting.

(I used crushed chocolate filled Oreos for the ‘dirt’ and Buttercream Frosting for the lettering)

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Original recipe: http://www.mangoesandpalmtrees.com/2013/05/chocolate-chip-cookie-ice-cream-cake.html?m=1

Homemade Frosty

13 Nov

Homemade frosty? I was a little skeptical – how close can it really be? Um, turns out…pretty darn close. So close, in fact, that if you were to steal some Wendy’s cups and use them to serve this ice cream, I guarantee that no one would know the difference. Frosties! At home! Any time! With no drive-through involved! You are welcome.

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Ingredients:

1/2 gallon chocolate milk

1 (8 oz) tub of cool whip

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

Mix ingredients until smooth. Place in ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions. When set, serve and enjoy!

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No-Cook Vanilla Ice Cream

6 Oct

My husband is an ice cream snob. He prefers plain-Jane vanilla ice cream, and he prefers home-made. I don’t really blame him – home-made is oh, so much better. But I heartily believe that he misses out on a lot of hip-widening goodness (if you’re going to gain 10 lbs, you might as well do it eating as many different flavors as you can find), by limiting himself to one flavor. That being said, nothing beats a really good vanilla for a jumping off point – think of the toppings! I have a recipe that I always use, but it calls for eggs and there is no cooking involved. I’m a cookie dough eater, so I’m not afraid of raw eggs (I have yet to suffer from salmonella poisoning that my mom always threatened would most certainly occur – maybe I’ve built up an immunity…yet another reason one should eat cookie dough), but the texture has not always been quite right for me. It is great straight out of the ice cream maker, but, though I love ice cream, I have yet to manage to polish off an entire batch in one sitting. This means re-freezing, and it always ends up hard as a rock! I tried cooking it – texture was fab. Taste was pretty darn terrible. Ever had egg flavored ice cream? Well now I have, and I don’t recommend it. So, the search was on! I found one I liked and tweaked it a little (when I say ‘a little,’ I mean I made about 5 different batches of ice cream, 3 of which are sitting in my freezer and are so bad that I think they may set up a permanent residence there – so properly appreciate this recipe – I don’t usually put forth so much effort to get it right ;)). Here’s my winner: same great taste, much better behavior in the freezer – the only downside that I found was that it doesn’t hold up straight out of the ice cream maker; you will have to give it time to set in the freezer before serving. I figure it’s an even trade.

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Ingredients:

3 cups half and half

*for creamier texture, substitue 1 cup milk and 2 cups heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

In a large bowl, combine ingredients and mix well until sugar is completely dissolved. Place in ice cream maker and churn according to directions. Allow to set in freezer for at least 2-3 hours before serving.

Coconut-Banana Ice Cream

27 Jul

This week, we are turtle sitting Jeeves. He is very well behaved and my kids love feeding him, but he’s never answered the door, or brought me afternoon tea. He’d make a terrible butler, so I guess it’s a good thing he’s a turtle instead. He also fails to tell me that I really shouldn’t keep making different flavors of ice cream. It’s summer and all, but my freezer is starting to overflow. I blame my lack of self control. And Jeeves. Because I can.

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Ingredients:

2 egg yolks

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 cup milk

1 can coconut milk

2 cups half and half

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

2-3 ripe bananas, mashed

*Optional – 1 cup toasted coconut

In a large saucepan, heat milk, coconut milk, and half and half. Whisk together egg yolks and sugar until smooth. To temper the egg mixture, carefully whisk in about 1 cup of the hot liquid into the egg mixture until smooth. Then whisk the egg mixture into the remaining amount of cream in the pot. Return to medium low heat, and cook up to 170 degrees F. Add vanilla and salt, mix well. Allow mixture to cool then transfer to ice cream maker. When ice cream is close to being done, add mashed bananas and optional toasted coconut. Return to ice cream maker and let the added ingredients to mix. Serve immediately or allow to set in freezer.

Coconut Banana Ice Cream

Blueberry Muffin Ice Cream

18 Jul

As I’ve said before, I am a very simple recipe type gal. Every now and again however, I’ll get a little crazy and go outside of my comfort zone. I’ve been using blueberries a lot lately because I have a huge bag of frozen ones – nice and convenient! I found this recipe for Blueberry Muffin ice cream and just couldn’t resist. I wasn’t even scared away by the words ‘compote’ (what is that?!) and ‘browned butter’ (turns out, not near as fancy or complicated as I made it out to be – it’s really just butter…browned – go figure). I was brave – but good heavens, I’ve never spent so much time on ice cream in my life. Worth it? Absolutely. It wasn’t hard to make, it just takes some time because there are multiple components and they all need time to cool before heading into the ice cream maker. So, if you want to impress with some fancy dairy delights, start early, and wow them with this yummy treat.

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Ingredients
3 cups half and half
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 egg yolks
3/4 tsp kosher salt
4 oz butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup blueberry compote or jam
3 tablespoons cinnamon streusel

Simmer the butter on medium heat until takes on a nice golden brown color. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temp. In a large pot, bring the half and half up to an almost boil over medium high heat. Meanwhile, whisk together the yolks, sugars and salt until smooth. To temper the egg mixture, carefully whisk in about 1 cup of the hot liquid into the egg mixture until smooth. Then whisk the egg mixture into the remaining amount of half and half in the pot. Return to medium low heat, and cook up to 170 degrees F, constantly stirring along the bottom of the pot to ensure even cooking. Once it has reached the 170, remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla and brown butter. Strain through a wire mesh strainer. Allow to cool to about room temperature in an ice bath and pop in the fridge.

Once the mixture is chilled through, put it in your ice cream maker. Once it’s gotten pretty firm, pour the ice cream into a large bowl and fold in the blueberry compote and then the streusel so it ribbons through it. Put in a container and freeze until firm. Enjoy!

Blueberry Compote

Ingredients:
4 half pints blueberries
Juice of 3 limes
2 cups sugar

Combine everything in a bowl to coat, and then heat over a medium flame until the blueberries liquify and if you stir a spoon through it, you can see the bottom of the pan for a beat. Basically, it should look kind of syrupy. Pour into a jar, tighten the lid, and flip upside-down until room temp. Keep refrigerated.

Cinnamon Streusel

Ingredients:
1/2 cup flour
2 oz butter, cold and cubed
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Using your fingers or a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon and then mix in the butter until crumbly. Place on a baking sheet with a silicone mat and bake at 350 F for 10 minutes. Break apart and mix the streusel up, and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown. Crumble and cool.

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*Original recipe found here: http://simplystated.realsimple.com/2011/07/25/blueberry-muffin-ice-cream-recipe/