Sunday, July 18, 2010

Spicy Icecream Sandwiches

spicyicecream sandwiches

It’s a little hard to believe, but last week was my third blog birthday. I honestly can’t believe how quickly it’s gone – I remember so clearly sitting down for the first time to write my very first post. This one is my 214th post, and I just couldn’t imagine life without my little blog anymore. I’ve met people who are now some of my best friends through this blog, had some amazing adventures and incredible meals, and learned so much about cooking, baking and photography. While the “blogosphere” has changed quite a lot in the last few years, it’s still a great, fun hobby that I hope will keep me busy for the next three years at least!

To celebrate, I made the only thing I thought would be truly fitting – spicy icecream. I have wanted to make chocolate chilli ice cream for quite a while now, and I can’t think of a better occasion than this! I adapted the amazing chocolate ice cream recipe from ‘The Perfect Scoop’ by David Lebowitz (a book anyone who owns an ice cream maker must have, one of my favourite cookbooks for sure), infusing the cream with dried chillies, and adding hot ground chillies as well. This is without a doubt, the best chocolate ice cream recipe I’ve ever made. The combination of cocoa and quality chocolate really makes this something special. The chilli flavour is definitely present but its more of a warming aftertaste than a real hit of spice. Of course if you like, you could use a chilli chocolate like Lindt instead of chilli powder.

the cookies

The cookies are also fabulous. I wanted a slightly fudgy chocolate cookie, and these were perfect and also very easy to prepare. I added a little chilli powder as well. Just try not to nibble the dough as you’re rolling it out, I dare you! They bake up into perfect cookies that are slightly crisp on the outside and still slightly doughy and fudgy in the center. When sandwiched with the icecream, they make a decadent little snack, just perfect for a celebration! Mine are kind of rough and rustic looking, but I kind of prefer them that way.

To all of my readers over the last three years, I’d just like to say thank you for your visits and your comments, which always make me smile! And thanks to Leona for the gorgeous plate!

spicyicecream sandwiches

Chocolate Chilli "Spicy Ice Cream" Sandwiches
Adapted from ‘The Perfect Scoop’ by David Lebowitz

Ice Cream
• 2 cups heavy cream
• 3 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa powder
• 3-4 dried chillies (mine are from Herbies Spices)
• 140g dark chocolate, chopped
• 1 cup whole milk
• ¾ cup sugar
• Pinch salt
• ½ - 1 teaspoon ground chillies, to taste
• 5 large egg yolks
• ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Warm 1 cup of cream with the cocoa and dried chillies in a medium saucepan, whisking to thoroughly blend the cocoa. Bring to a boil, and then turn off the heat. Allow to infuse for 30 minutes – 1 hour. When the mixture has infused, turn the heat back on, bring to the boil and simmer for 30 seconds, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate, stirring until smooth, then stir in the remaining cup of cream. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, scraping the saucepan, and set a mesh strainer on top of the bowl.

Warm the milk, sugar, salt and ground chilli in the same saucepan. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly and then scrape the mixture back into the saucepan. Stir constantly with a heatproof spatula over a low heat, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir into the chocolate mixture until smooth, then stir in the vanilla. Cool over an ice bath.

Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies
Makes 16 cookies, for 8 ice cream sandwiches

• 115g unsalted butter, room temperature
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 large egg
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 6 tablespoons Dutch process cocoa, sifted
• 210g flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• ½ - 1 teaspoon ground chillies, to taste

Beat together the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together to cocoa, flour, baking powder, salt and chilli. Stir the dry ingredients gradually into the creamed butter mixture until completely incorporated and there are no streaks of butter. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F). Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Lightly dust a work surface with flour, and roll out dough into a ½ cm disk. Use cookie cutters of your choice to cut out shapes and place on baking trays. Bake for 10-15 minutes, rotating the baking trays halfway through baking, then remove from the oven. Once the cookies are cooled completely, sandwich the ice cream between 2 cookies, then wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap and store in the freezer.

26 comments:

Karen @ Citrus and Candy said...

Happy birthday Spicy Ice Cream!! xx

This looks so divine Lisa. The Perfect Scoop is def on my wishlist :)

Jacq said...

Happy bloggiversary Lisa! Spicy ice cream sounds fab, I love the chilli chocolate combination! I really need to get myself an ice cream machine so I can churn out all these amazing frozen treats

Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

Hurrah for spicy ice cream on Spicy Icecream. Have always loved the combination of chocolate and chilli. These sound fantastic. Happy 3rd blog birthday - am sure there'll be many more in the future!

Laura said...

Lisa, I've only been reading your blog since the meet-up & i've loved every post so far.

I'm not much of a chocolate or chilli fan but this does sound delicious

Mark @ Cafe Campana said...

Great recipe. I am never too sure about chilli in chocolate but I would be willing to give it a try.

I love your blog, keep up the great food.

brannyboilsover.com said...

Happy BIrthday Spicy Icecream!

FFichiban said...

Happy blogiversary!! Yuummm spicy ice creamm, I really want to try! Sounds like a very interesting combination

mademoiselle délicieuse said...

Happy blog birthday! The husband and I love ice-cream sandwiches which are thankfully making a bit of a comeback in recent years and I did recently get an ice-cream churning so... =D

YaYa said...

Chilli + Chocolate = natural partnership as they both originate from the same continent! Fantastic idea, congratulations on the third year and happy birthday!

Stephcookie said...

YAYYAYAYAYAY!! You did it! Happy Birthday to your awesome blog :) I really really want to try this, make some for our high tea please??

chocolatesuze said...

woohoo this sounds spicily awesome! happy blogiversary!

Betty @ The Hungry Girl said...

Happy Bloggiversary Lisa! This sounds like the perfect way to celebrate! Love the choc + chilli combo! Here's to more delicious posts :) xx

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

I love an ice cream with a 'kick'! Happy 3rd birthday :)

Anh said...

Happy blog birthday! And I love that spicy ice=cream! :)

Rhonda (thedaintybaker) said...

I got given an icecream maker for my birthday in May this year so I bought "The perfect scoop" hoping to get into it ..but haven't gotten around to making anything out of it yet... love chilli... love chocolate... will def give it a go when the sun comes around to play! hehehe p.s. happy blogirthday!!

OohLookBel said...

The spicy ice cream is certainly a fitting dessert for your blog! Happy blog birthday :D

Reemski said...

Happy Blog Birthday Lisa! Here's to another three years!

Yasmeen said...

Congratulations ! This is a very special ice cream sandwich with a perfect balance of spice and sweet :D

Amy said...

YUM!!! icecream in winter :) I've been following your blog for a while, love all your creations! Guess this is a good post to comment for the first time! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPICY ICECREAM.

Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! said...

Happy Blog Birthday!
Chocolate and chilli... so good whoever thought of the combo is a genious!

ovenhaven said...

Happy blog birthday! Sure sounds like a great way to celebrate the special occasion. I love how you've added a lil 'kick' to these sandwiches :)

Melissa said...

I have been reading your blog for a little over 2 1/2 years now - and just wanted to send congrats on your third anniversary! I think if you lived in the U.S. we'd be great friends as I am also a graphic designer and adore cooking and baking. I love your food photography and will continue being a diligent spicy icecream follower! Best wishes to you!

Flourishing Networks said...

yum ....can't wait for summer to try these out. Chilli and choc together pure genius!!!

Emma @CakeMIstress said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday! Those chili-choc cookies look delish.

Simon @ the heart of food said...

I guess it's better late than never, even if it has been 3 years :)

It's fantastic that your blog has made it to three years. May there be many more to come!

Grapefruit said...

CHocolate and chillies .. you are my kind of girl!
Ok - I'm hooked, and will be back :-)

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