Who isn’t a fan of an ice cream sandwich? We love every variation in my house, so, naturally, I had to try this version using vanilla cupcake tops.
This recipe was adapted from Food and Wine, contributed by Candace Nelson. I made the cupcake tops using a muffin top pan to give them more surface area- genius, right?
We gobbled up these all-American treats for dessert during the Super Bowl this year. I filled half with salted caramel gelato and half with vanilla bean ice cream. The vanilla ice cream-filled sandwiches were our favorite.
Yield: Serves 6
- Preheat the oven to 325°, preferably on convection. Coat a standard muffin pan or a muffin top pan with cooking oil spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt.
- In a small bowl, whisk the milk with the vanilla.
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter with the sugar
at medium-high speed, scraping down the bowl once or twice, until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- At medium-low speed, beat in the eggs one at a time until incorporated.
- At low-speed, beat in the dry ingredients and the milk mixture in 3 alternating additions until smooth.
- Spoon about 1/4 cup of the batter into each prepared cup.
- Bake the cupcakes for 15 minutes if using a muffin top pan, or about 18 to 25 minutes in a standard pan, until a toothpick inserted in
the centers comes out clean.
- Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then cool
completely on a wire rack, about 1 hour.
- Working with 1 cupcake at a time, carefully slice off the cake top. Reserve
the cupcake bottom for another use.
- Arrange the top smooth side down
on a platter. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes. Freeze the tops for 1 hour.
- Spread 1/4 cup of the ice cream
onto each of 6 cupcake tops.
- Close the sandwiches with the remaining cupcake tops and gently press together. Wrap individually in plastic wrap.
- Freeze for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Note: The ice cream sandwiches can be wrapped in plastic and frozen for up to 1 week. Let soften at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.
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Tags: cupcake tops, cupcakes, dessert, gelato, ice cream sandwiches, muffin tops, pistachio, salted caramel, sorbet, Super Bowl, vanilla, vanilla cupcakes
I am always a little apprehensive to make strawberry ice cream. In the past, I’ve tried various strategies to keep the berries from becoming icy and hard in the finished product. Pureeing the berries in this gelato was the perfect solution. My beautiful freshly picked berries may have helped too. 🙂
This recipe was adapted from Katrina and Carmelo Turillo, owners of La Divina Gelateria in New Orleans, via Bon Appetit. I didn’t strain the puree, chilled the base overnight in the refrigerator, and churned the gelato for 25 minutes in my ice cream maker. I may add some vanilla extract next time. It was excellent!
- Yield: Makes about 4 cups
- 3/4 cup sugar (preferably organic)
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 1/4 cups sliced hulled strawberries
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, optional
- Prepare a large bowl of ice water.
- Stir sugar and cornstarch in heavy medium saucepan. Whisk in milk and cream.
- Whisk over medium heat until gelato base thickens and begins to bubble, about 5 minutes. Pour into bowl.
- Immerse bowl in prepared ice water to cool, stirring occasionally.
- Puree strawberries in processor. Stir into gelato base.
- Mix in pomegranate juice and vanilla, if using.
- Chill 3 hours or overnight.
- Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions, about 25 to 30 minutes.
- Transfer to container. Cover surface directly with plastic wrap and the container lid; freeze until firm, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.
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Tags: dessert, fruit, gelato, heavy cream, ice cream, Italian, pomegranate juice, strawberries, strawberry, summer, whole milk
As much as I would have liked my husband to try something “new” for Father’s Day, he wanted our favorite tacos. I used my CSA chard and an entire bunch of local spinach in the filling- SO delicious!! The dessert was a surprise, so I could try a new recipe of a favorite flavor. 🙂
My husband and I were at the Montreal Jazz Festival listening to an outdoor concert the first time we tried Dulce de Leche ice cream. It was a Haagen Dazs version, on a stick. We fell so in love with it that I remember the moment. 🙂
I made this version with lightly toasted pecans to celebrate Father’s Day this year. I had made a gelato version in the past that required making homemade dulce de leche– this seemed like such a (wonderful!) shortcut version to incorporate store-bought dulce de leche into a custard base. It was really creamy and delicious. I ran out of time to make pizzelles and served it in waffle bowls instead!
This recipe was adapted from Williams-Sonoma Taste. Happy Belated Father’s Day to all of the Fathers and Grandfathers! 🙂
- 1 pint (2 cups) whole milk, plus 2 tablespoons, separated
- 1 pint (2 cups) heavy cream
- 8 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 13.4 oz cans Nestle LaLechera Dulce de Leche Caramel
- 1 cup raw pecan halves
- freshly ground pepper, optional
- In a small sauce pan, heat one pint of milk and cream over medium heat until bubbles appear around the edge of the pan.
- Meanwhile, in a medium stainless-steel bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar; then stir in warm milk mixture.
- Return the custard mixture to the small sauce pan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until custard thickens and coats the back of a spoon, 170 degrees F, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Immediately remove from heat and strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl. (While the custard is re-heating, I clean the original bowl and re-use it.)
- Using a whisk, stir 1 can plus about 1/4 of the additional can of Dulce de Leche into the warm custard.
- Once incorporated, set bowl over an ice bath. Stir occasionally until cooled.
- Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the surface of the custard, and let cool completely in the refrigerator, chill minimally 1 hour to overnight.
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spread pecans on a baking sheet; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of water and season with freshly ground pepper, if using.
- Roast until just toasted, 5 to 8 minutes. Let cool, then roughly chop. Set aside.
- Churn chilled dulce de leche custard in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Fold in toasted pecans.
- In a small bowl, whisk remaining dulce de leche with 2 tablespoons of milk to loosen, then fold into ice cream; dulce de leche should be mixed in just enough to form a marbled effect.
- Place in an air-tight, freezer-proof container. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly to the surface of the custard. Freeze until firm, a minimum of 4 hours to overnight. Let come to room temperature for 10 minutes prior to serving.
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Tags: caramel, custard, dessert, dulce de leche, Father's Day, gelato, heavy cream, ice cream, pecans