Last Friday it was 98 degrees in the shade and the job was to shoot some real ice cream dessert shots.
My part of the shoot was to dream up some ideas as long as they were ice cream-like. I wanted the flavor profiles to be a little outside the box while using familiar ingredients with a bit of a twist. I wanted interesting textures and a refreshing look.
My Ice Cream Dream #1 “Peach & Raspberry Buttermilk Ice Cream served with Ines Rosales Crackers Drizzled with Chocolate Sauce”
Ice Cream Ingredients:
3 cups good quality buttermilk
1/2 cup turbinado or raw sugar
1 generous TBSP Balsamic Vinegar (I used a Mango flavored Balsamic Vinegar. But any of the fruit flavored ones on the market would be equally delicious or just plain Balsamic.)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups fresh, ripe peaches, peeled & cut into small chunks
1 cup fresh raspberries
1. Prep ice cream freezer as per instructions for your particular freezer. I use a Cuisinart electric freezer that works so beautifully every time.
2. Pour cold buttermilk into a bowl & sprinkle sugar over the surface. Let it sit until sugar has melted about 5-7 minutes. Stir mixture together. Add balsamic vinegar & vanilla extract & blend well. Taste for sweetness. If desired you can add a bit more sugar to suit your taste.
3. Pour chilled mixture into the freezer bowl and freeze mixture until it is soft-frozen according to freezer instructions. At this point add in the chopped peaches and whole raspberries. When mixture is frozen, cover and place in refrigerator freezer until ready to serve.
Other ingredients to complete dessert:
A package of Ines Rosales crackers (Whole Foods). (If you cannot find these then use Matzoh crackers that you have brushed with honey & sprinkled with sugar.)
A good quality dark chocolate syrup
Additional raspberries for garnish
To Assemble Dessert:
Place one Ines Rosales on each serving plate. Top with a generous scoop of Peach & Raspberry Buttermilk Ice Cream. Top with another Ines Rosales. Drizzle chocolate syrup over top and garnish with a scatter of raspberries. The crispy, salty, sweetness of these crackers were perfect with the very slightly balsamic flavored Peach Ice Cream and the hint of dark chocolate.
My Ice Cream Dream #2 “Benton Bacon Sugar Cookie Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich”
I found the Benton Bacon Sugar Cookies last week at the wonderful little grocery in The Gulch “The Turnip Truck”. I was intrigued enough to bring a package home to couple with dark chocolate ice cream to create an unusually fantastic ice cream sandwich.
Note: if you cannot find these same cookies you can easily make your own by adding some cooked, chopped Benton Bacon pieces to your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe.
Once again this coupling of salt, crunch and creamy cold was a very fine treat.
To Do: Sandwich a scoop of dark chocolate ice cream between two cookies. Place in freezer wrapped in waxed paper until ready to eat.
My Ice Cream Dream #3 “Frozen Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sundae”
I recently ran across this easy one ingredient ice cream idea so it is in no way my original idea. I found it at instructables.com. Of course I gilded the lily somewhat.
4-6 ripe, with lots of brown spots, bananas, peeled, cut into chunks and frozen
large bakery or homemade chocolate chip cookies
Directions for ice cream:
1. Place frozen bananas into a food processor and process until bananas become the consistency of ice cream. You might have to scrape down sides of processor during this part. Mixture should be “scoop-able”. That’s it.
2. Melt peanut butter in microwave until it is can be poured.
Place a cookie on plate, top with a scoop of the banana ice cream, add a drizzle of the peanut butter, add chocolate sprinkles and sea salt flakes over the top and serve.
Be Sweet, Stay Cool.