Ice Cream Sandwiches

How fun are these! Definitely a little more rustic than their packaged counterparts from the freezer section. But I can officially say I approve of every ingredient in these summer dessert sandwiches.

IMG_0387Yum yum yum! Follow the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker to a T, and you’ll be in business. The only thing I did differently was chilling the dough before I rolled it out. It made it easier to handle.

Enjoy!

 

Ice Cream Pie

This was so fun. I highly recommend it! I set out to make a Hawaiian Mud Pie. I don’t think I was entirely successful, but the result was still super tasty.

IMG_2235For equipment, you’ll need a spring form pan. This purchase is absolutely worth it. You can use it as a regular cake pan (with removable sides!). You’ll need it for cheesecake, too. Thus, get ye a spring form pan!

For ingredients, you’ll need:

  • one batch of brownies in an 8×8 pan
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 package of oreo cookies
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 gallon ice cream (for mud pie, find coffee flavored. Chocolate will do in a pinch)
  • Whipped cream

1. Make a batch of brownies. I recommend these, with macadamia nuts mixed in. (A word about macadamia nuts: buy them from the baking aisle in your local grocery. They will be unsalted and a bit more affordable.)

2. Set your brownies aside to cool. Set your carton of ice cream on the counter to soften. You want it soft and mixable, not melted.

3. Make an oreo crust. The crust I made was an epic failure. To make yours:

  • Crush 24 oreos in a gallon sized bag.
  • Add 1/4 cup melted butter.
  • Compact mixture into a crust on the bottom of your spring form pan.

4. Once your brownies are cooled, cut them into 1/2 inch square chunks.

5. Put the ice cream and brownie chunks in a bowl, and fold together. Don’t crush the brownies!

6. Spread the ice cream+brownies on top of the oreo crust. Cover the ice cream with wax or parchment paper. Make sure the paper makes direct contact with the ice cream. You don’t want it to freezer burn! Slide it back into the freezer until you want to serve it.

7. Right before serving, top with more crumbled oreo and dollops of whipped cream.

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This is a great dessert to make ahead, slide into the freezer, and forget about until dessert time. Enjoy!

 

Saturday Small Talk

Good morning, dear friends!

It’s Saturday. I’ve got a run under my belt, and I’m off to South Bend for Unity Gardens: Growing Summit. I’m going to attend a couple of sessions: one on soil and one on container gardening. It should be a great time!

Have you ever made your own ice cream? When I worked at summer camp, it was a weekly thing. Favorite camp activity. Ever. No ice cream maker required!

What about homemade vanilla pudding mix? I’m going to give it a shot! I have an Amish friendship bread starter (anyone know what I’m talking about?) that requires vanilla pudding. Not having to buy a couple of boxes every time I want to make bread would be great.

I found these oatmeal sandwich cookies over at Joy the Baker. Oh my. Oatmeal+peanut butter. This is health food, people. Eat breakfast. Fuel your day. With these cookies.

If you’re hankering for some real food (what? the oatmeal cookies don’t cut it for you?), check out this recipe for skinny chicken and broccoli alfredo. It looks tasty!

News! Bob Goff’s book Love Does is released this week. It might be one that I have to add to my shelves.

Want some ideas for your weekend? Check out Ann Voskamp’s post from last Saturday. She’ll post one today too!

Happy weekend, all!