~ August 2014 Archives ~

Chocolate Chip Waffle Ice Cream Cake! / August 27, 2014

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Many many years ago I came across a recipe in Martha Stewart for a watermelon ice cream cake. (A watermelon ice cream bombe to be exact, if we’re being all fancy.) I still have the recipe filed away, and just realized when I looked it up the other day that it was from 1998. Yikes, time flies. Yikes, you are officially old when you start saying time flies. It was an impressive feat to my friends when I brought this ice cream cake out one evening to serve (but it was high school, so that’s not saying much. They probably would have been just as impressed with chips and dip). Basically, it’s just made by softening a few different kinds of ice cream, mashing up cookies, freezing it in layers in a bowl and then placing a pound cake on the top of it all. Impressive but pretty darn easy. It’s a win-win.

I wanted to come up with a variation to make this summer and inspiration struck when I spotted some waffle cookies at the grocery store. I also broke out my ice cream maker a few times recently to make some chocolate chip ice cream with my nephew and voila, the chocolate chip waffle idea popped into my head. Chocolate chip ice cream AND waffles?

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Well, you can’t go wrong with that.

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On to the recipe! I made the chocolate chip ice cream from scratch, but feel free to skip that step. The waffle cookies are perfect because they are more dense than normal waffles, so they hold up well as the base, and they don’t get soggy when folded into the ice cream — but if you can’t find them (in the bread/desserts section of the grocery store near scones, cinnamon buns, etc.), just use regular waffles that have been toasted.

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse’s Old Fashion Vanilla Ice Cream):

2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
2 waffle cookies, cut into cubes (for ice cream)
3 waffle cookies, whole (for base of cake)

Whisk all ingredients together until sugar dissolves, and pour into ice cream machine. Freeze according to direction of manufacturer. Add in chocolate chips five minutes before ice cream is ready. Once ready, fold in waffle pieces. Pour ice cream mixture into stainless steel bowl (to give an idea of the size, I used the small size bowl that came with my KitchenAid mixer). Top with whole waffle cookies (depending on size of bowl — I cut some into halves/pieces to fit the bowl best). Press waffles gently down into ice cream. Freeze until firm.

Chocolate Sauce:
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup chocolate milk
1 tsp butter

Melt chocolate chips and butter on low temperature in microwave, stopping every 20 seconds or so to stir. Once slightly cooled, stir in room temperature chocolate milk (I added chocolate milk to thin out the mixture to make it easier to pour over the cake). Once ready to serve, pour chocolate sauce over top of ice cream cake and slice immediately. (Chocolate sauce will pool on cake stand/plate, so it’s best to use one with a slight rim). Enjoy – we all sure did!

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Happy Friday: Summertime Round-up! / August 15, 2014

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I’ve noticed a trend as of the last week or two that I, for one, do not like. Whether it’s a back-to-school commercial (I’ve been out of school for many years and the thought still makes me shudder), or blogs commenting on how summer is nearly over, everywhere you look it’s like everyone is mentally fast-forwarding to the fall. People, there are still many days left! With that in mind, I thought it was time for another summertime round-up of links! Here are a few fun things making me happy this summer:

Completely obsessed with these Binggrae Melona ice cream bars. The strawberry are my personal favourite, but all of them are delicious. I don’t even like honeydew melon, but put it in ice cream form and, as it turns out, I can be persuaded. (Found at many Loblaws stores, here in Canada.)

I’ve been itching to get back to Chicago for a visit during the summer months. (Last time I went, it was definitely NOT the summer. We all braved the windchill while secretly dreaming of coming back in the summer and biking along the water.) Conde Nast Traveller has a great list of staycation ideas on their site, and Chicago is among the group.

Speaking of travel, this shop in Brooklyn is definitely added to my must-visit list! Who else is also ridiculously excited that soda fountains are making a comeback?!

Summer tv can be pretty boring, but this show has been so fascinating to watch each week. The episode with Ben Stiller Scotland was equal parts beautiful and hilarious to watch, as you can imagine.

Jillian Harris’ site is such a bright & happy place to visit, especially for summertime recipes. These Limoncello zipzicles look so delicious (and how smart of an idea are the little pouches to make them in?!)

Lastly, a simple drink idea. Peaches, lemonade and vodka. Sign me up!