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With close to record-breaking temperatures already within the books throughout the nation this summer time, it’s a very good 12 months to have a stash of treats tucked away within the freezer to beat the warmth. Julie Van Rosendaal has created choices for pops, pies, sandwiches and slushies that can hold everybody cool and completely satisfied with out counting on the frozen meals aisle.
Rhubarb or Mango Coconut Creamsicles
Makes about 10
Any smooth fruit you may purée works properly right here, however smooth simmered rhubarb pairs significantly properly with creamy coconut. Sugar within the fruit and fats within the coconut cream (or yogurt) will hold your pops from freezing rock-hard, making them simpler to eat.
- 4 cups chopped rhubarb or mango (frozen chunks work properly)
- 1/4-3/4 cup sugar (extra for rhubarb than mango)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons honey (or to style)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (non-compulsory)
- 1 14-ounce (398-millilitre) can coconut cream (or about 1 1/2 cups full-fat plain or vanilla yogurt)
For rhubarb: In a medium saucepan, simmer the rhubarb, 3/4 cup sugar and water for about 10 minutes, till the rhubarb breaks down and will get very smooth. Mix it proper within the pot with a hand-held immersion blender (or switch to a blender) till clean.
For mango: Thaw mango chunks in the event that they’re frozen, and pulse in a blender or meals processor with 1/4 cup sugar and assist it together with a little bit of water or juice (a splash of lime juice, or a few of the lime syrup from the slushie recipe under, is sweet), till you may have a clean purée.
Stir the honey and vanilla (if utilizing) into the coconut cream. Spoon alternating layers of fruit purée and coconut cream right into a popsicle mould, add the sticks and freeze till agency.
This good summer time slush was impressed by one which’s been served on the Tacofino truck in Tofino, B.C., since its early days of operation and, sure, it takes a shot of gin or vodka very properly. You’ll solely want about 1/3 cup easy syrup for every slushie, however it’s going to final within the fridge indefinitely, so that you may as properly make a bigger batch. For a watermelon model, add some cubed recent or frozen watermelon to the combination.
- Contemporary limes, washed (about 3 per serving)
- Contemporary mint leaves (about 12 per serving)
- Crushed ice
In a saucepan, convey equal components sugar and water to a simmer with the grated zest of a lime or two – about 1 lime per cup of sugar and water. Pour by a sieve right into a small pitcher, jar or measuring cup, cool and retailer within the fridge for weeks.
For every slushie, put a number of handfuls of ice (about 2 cups roughly crushed) right into a blender with the juice of three limes (about 1/3 cup), 1/3 cup lime sugar syrup and a handful of mint leaves (about 12). Pulse till slushy.
Serves about 8
Any child is aware of there aren’t any guidelines in relation to making mud pies; you may construct them any form and dimension, even when ice cream is your medium. Choose up your favorite flavours and layer with chocolate fudge sauce or ganache, bashed cookies or chopped brownies. And whereas chocolate is extra visually mudlike, you can go for vibrant fruit sorbets layered with chopped or sauced fruit and crumbled shortbread or meringues for one thing fully totally different however equally scrumptious.
- 150-200 grams cookies (chocolate wafers, gingersnaps, Digestives, maple sandwiches and Biscoff are good)
- 1/4 cup butter, smooth or melted
- 2 litres (roughly) softened ice cream, gelato or sorbet (ideally in two complementary flavours)
- Chocolate fudge sauce or ganache (non-compulsory)
- 2-4 cups chopped or crumbled cookies, brownies, chocolate bars, seasonal fruit, pretzels or different add-ins
Break 150-200 grams of cookies right into a meals processor and pulse into crumbs with the smooth or melted butter. (Alternatively, bash or roll them into crumbs in a heavy zipper-lock bag, and mix with the butter.) Press into the underside of a 9×5-inch loaf pan, pie plate or any dish or vessel you’d like to make use of.
Let your ice cream sit on the countertop till it softens, then scoop and unfold a thick layer on the cookie base, drizzle with chocolate fudge sauce or ganache should you like, and sprinkle with crumbled cookies or different add-ins. Prime with one other layer of ice cream, then extra chopped cookies, chocolate bars and pretzels – a mixture of textures works properly. Freeze for a number of hours, till agency. Serve in slices or wedges, relying on its form.
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Makes 1 dozen
Cakey cookies which are virtually like cupcake tops are perfect for sandwiching – they aren’t laborious on the tooth as soon as frozen, and gained’t squish smooth ice cream out the perimeters. As a result of chocolate goes properly with all the pieces, strive pairing them with espresso, cherry or mint ice cream – you can even swap peppermint extract for the vanilla within the cookies should you’re a fan.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 giant egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (or peppermint extract)
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon high quality salt
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- About 2 litres ice cream or sorbet, softened
Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a big bowl, beat the butter and sugar till properly blended and sandy. Beat within the egg and vanilla. In one other bowl, stir collectively the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add a few third to the butter combination, adopted by half the buttermilk, then one other third of the flour, the remainder of the buttermilk and the remainder of the flour combination.
Utilizing a big cookie scoop or a 1/4 cup measuring cup (to make evenly sized cookies), drop balls of batter a pair inches aside on a parchment-lined sheet. Bake for quarter-hour, or till barely domed and springy to the contact. Switch to a wire rack to chill.
Should you like, freeze the cookies for higher stability earlier than spreading with scoops of softened ice cream and sandwiching with a second cookie. Wrap individually in plastic wrap and freeze till agency.