As usual, there were lots of great recipes out there in the blogging community this week. It is hard to narrow it down, but here were a few that caught my eye – and quite a few of them are cold, making them both delicious and refreshing for the summer.
- Sweet Twist of Blogging whipped up a batch of Biscoff Cookie Dough Ice Cream. Biscoff, also known affectionately as “cookie butter,” is a peanut butter-like product that is made with ground brown sugar cookies. Instead of regular chocolate chip cookie dough balls, the cookie dough in this ice cream is made with a Biscoff cookie dough. The pieces are added to a rich homemade vanilla ice cream base for a decadent ice cream that you can’t buy in stores.
- Grandbaby Cakes also made an ice cream, Blackberry Crumble Ice Cream. The ice cream starts out with a velvety blackberry ice cream, made with fresh blackberries. A brown sugar and cinnamon streusel mixture is prepared and baked separately, then folded into the ice cream to capture the flavor and texture of a traditional blackberry crumble in an entirely new format.
- Popsicles are always a great choice in the summer when you want something to cool down with, and Tutti Dolci‘s Mango and Toasted Coconut Popsicles are a wonderful option for tropical fruit fans. The popsicles are also very easy to make and can be whipped up in the blender or food processor in just a few minutes, as long as you have the ingredients on hand. The bulk of the pops are made with fresh mango and light coconut milk, lightly sweetened to enhance their flavors. A little lime juice and rum give the popsicles a little depth, and toasted coconut adds some texture.
- An ice cream cake is a good treat in hot weather, and a homemade Carrot Cake Ice Cream Cake, like the one that Crazy for Crust recently made, is probably the perfect summer ice cream cake recipe. You will need to bake the carrot cake layer first, a tender cake made with brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and plenty of shredded carrots. The cooled cake is topped with a layer of homemade vanilla and cream cheese ice cream, then the whole thing is frosted with cream cheese frosting to finish it off and hide the sweet, cool treat inside. Don’t forget to store this in the freezer until you’re ready to serve!
- Beantown Baker also made ice cream this week – Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, to be exact. This isn’t your ordinary mint chocolate chip ice cream, however, because it is made with coconut milk instead of regular milk and cream. The coconut milk is infused with fresh mint, which blends well with the hint of coconut flavor that naturally comes in the milk, and it is combined with egg yolks and sugar to make a rich ice cream base. It is a great choice if you’re looking for something a little different than a traditional recipe, or if you’re trying to avoid dairy. The ice cream is finished with lots of dark chocolate chips.