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Red,White & Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

3 Jul

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

Delicious berries

I have to be honest here. I enjoy a day off just as much as the next guy. I especially like a day off when it comes in the middle of the summer, and it allows me to go to the beach or pool, BBQ with friends, watch fireworks, and cash in on some awesome sales. Heck, who doesn’t love 4th of July?

But when I stop to think about it, I feel sort of guilty that I’m relaxing, reveling in my “freedom” from work and daily obligations, and not really thinking at all about how we got here. So this year I’m making a conscious effort to think, even just for a few minutes, about all the people who fought for our nation’s independence, and how they built the foundation for the incredible country in which we live today.  I spent some time reading about personal accounts of freedom and this beautiful excerpt from Pat (Beanie) Camunes, a Vietnam Veteran, really underscores the meaning of independence.

I literally cannot get enough of these berries. They are too good to be true.

As a Vietnam Veteran, I have considered the personal meaning of the 4th of July. I realize the heart of the 4th of July resides within the great documents and framework of this Republic, but the spirit of the 4th was best summarized by the Prisoner of War who scratched on a wall at the Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam: “Freedom has a taste to those who have fought and almost died for it that the protected shall never know.” That “taste”, or lesson, is the truism, also inscribed in stone, of the Korean War Monument in D.C.: Freedom Is Not Free.

Pouring the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove all seeds and skin

So, on this 4th of July, I pray our protected citizens recognize that our country’s freedom was won by the blood of veterans, is retained by the blood of veterans, and shall exist so long as we, the American people, stand fast against any enemy who would challenge our right to be free, and are willing to pay the price in blood . . . Freedom is not, and never will be free.

Our personal happiness and successes are only possible because of the daily freedoms we enjoy, and this will only last as long as we continue to fight for it, and protect it.  So, as you prepare your BBQ menus, lather on sunscreen for your family trip to the pool or beach, think just for a few moments about our  nation’s independence. I know I will.

Mmm…berries and lemon zest

Red, White & Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

Adapted quite a bit from The Perfect Scoop


16 oz nonfat plain Greek Yogurt

1/4 cup sugar**

1 1/2 cups blueberries

1 1/2 cups strawberries

juice from 1 small lemon (to taste)

zest from 1/2 lemon (to taste)

Red, white and blueberry frozen yogurt, straight from the machine!


Puree the blueberries, strawberries, Greek yogurt and sugar in a blender. Add in lemon juice and lemon zest to taste and mix well. Pour the mixture over a fine mesh strainer to remove the skin and seeds. Chill again in the refrigerator for approximately 1 hour. Transfer to the bowl of an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions (for me, this was 15 minutes, a bit shorter than the normal 20 minute churn). Scoop into a freezer safe container and freeze for approximately 1 hour so that the yogurt hardens just a bit. Remove from freezer and enjoy immediately.

**This recipe originally calls for 3/4 cup of sugar. I didn’t want to include that much, so I deliberately cut the sugar to 1/4 of a cup. Remember, though, sugar is essential to the flavor and consistency of ice cream. If you use too much sugar (like alcohol) it won’t freeze. If you use too little, it will be grainy and hard to scoop. Therefore, I don’t suggest that you reserve this frozen yogurt for later. Eat it right after churning, because if you try and eat it the next day for breakfast (which I’ve been known to do, hey, it’s yogurt and fruit, right?) it will be hard as a rock. If you want this frozen yogurt to last in your freezer, I suggest following the original recipe and add 3/4 cup of sugar.

The finished product! Delicious and refreshing. Enjoy

The Verdict: Delicious and refreshing! I love the combination of berries and lemon, so adding the lemon zest and extra lemon juice really enhanced the flavor! Because it’s 93 degrees in NYC, this frozen treat really help us beat the heat. I served the yogurt with fresh blueberries and strawberries and The Hubby and I devoured it in one fell swoop. I told you it won’t last until the next morning!

Happy 4th of July!

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches

14 May

“It is always sad when someone leaves home, unless they are simply going around the corner and will return in a few minutes with ice-cream sandwiches.” ~ Lemony Snicket

Bring. It. On.

Quite frankly, I have no idea what came over me last week. You know that scene in Old School when Will Ferrell has a complete out-of-body experience during the debate, gives a kick-tush speech and then wakes up afterwards having no idea what just happened? Yeah, that was me.

I came home from work, ate dinner, read some cookbooks as usual, and the next thing I knew, I was rolling out dough to make individual chocolate cookies for home made ice cream sandwiches. Then I found myself whipping up a batch of vanilla bean ice cream, and putting together some of the most delicious creations this blog has ever seen. The Hubby walked into the apartment in the middle with the most puzzled look on his face. “What on earth is going on here?” he asked. It was that very question that woke me from my drunken cooking stupor. I literally had no idea what happened over the past few hours, but starting me in the face were a half dozen absolutely beautiful ice cream sandwiches. I suppose my guilty looking puppy face answered his question.

The beginnings of the sandwich cookie

Ever since starting this blog, I’ve been obsessed with creating home-made versions of things you can normally buy at a grocery store – say, S’mores Ice Cream Pie, Classic Hot Fudge or Pinkberry-esque Frozen Yogurt. What can seem like a daunting process at first, these tasks are always the most fun, because at the end, you have a far better home-made version of something that is only mediocre in the store! Plus, by making them at home, you know exactly what goes into them, and baking without preservatives, or added junk, well, it makes the end result that much sweeter! Seeing these ice cream sandwiches come to fruition was really satisfying, and I have to say, gone are the days of buying supermarket brand ice cream sandwiches. Move over Nestle, here we come!

Adding in the flour, little by little…

Before I leave you with this recipe, a few fun facts about ice cream sandwiches. The “modern” version of the ice cream sandwich was invented by Jerry Newberg in 1945 while selling ice cream at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. But, believe it or not, old photos from The New Jersey Shore in 1905 show ice cream sandwiches were popular at 1 cent a piece. I suppose people have always loved ice cream…

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cookies from Serendipity Sundaes; Ice Cream from 365scoops

Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Ingredients

(makes 10-12 large cookies)

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter plus extra for greasing cookie sheet

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk

Cookie cutter perfect

Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and butter the paper.

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk to mix. Set aside.

Combine butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. On a low speed, alternately beat in flour mixture and milk until well-blended.

Spread the dough evenly over the parchment paper or cookie sheet, about 1/4-inch thick. Be aware – this is harder than it seems. The dough is sticky, yet when you try and spread it on the greased parchment paper, it’s really slippery. My cookies ended up being thicker than 1/4 of an inch, which actually was quite great, because it was more like a thin brownie/thick cookie sandwich. No matter how you make them, they’ll be delicious.

Look at those soft and delicious cookies

Bake until just set, 10-12 minutes. (If yours are as thick as mine, you’ll need to bake them for approximately 15 minutes instead)

Cool for a couple of minutes, and using a round 3-inch cookie cutter or glass with a large mouth (I used a glass), cut out large cookies close together to make as many as possible.  Let the cookies cool completely. Wrap each one in saran wrap and place in the freezer to chill before making the ice cream sandwiches.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Ingredients

3 cups half-and-half

4 egg yolks

2/3 cup sugar

1 tbs vanilla bean paste

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Check out the beautiful vanilla bean

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Method

In a medium saucepan, heat two cups of half-and-half until small bubbles begin to form around the edges. Add the vanilla bean paste and vanilla extract and whisk thoroughly.  Set aside.

In the meantime, in a heat-proof bowl, whisk together the four egg yolks, slowly adding in the sugar until the mixture thickens and turns a pale yellow.

Temper the eggs by slowly pouring the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture, stirring vigorously until well-incorporated.  Pour back into the medium sauce pan and heat until a candy thermometer reads 165 degrees F, or the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spatula. Remove from the heat.

A heaping spoonful of vanilla bean ice cream covers the chocolate sandwich cookie

Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, removing any small clumps that may have formed. Pour in the last cup of half-and-half, and set aside. Let the mixture cool completely before refrigerating for at least 2 hours or over night.

Once chilled, pour into the base of an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions (approximately 20 minutes).

To Assemble…

A few minutes before the ice cream is done churning, remove the sandwich cookies from the freezer and unwrap. Place 6 cookies, face down, on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Keep the other 6 cookies unwrapped and near by.

As soon as the ice cream is done churning, scoop a heaping portion onto the sandwich cookie, and top with another cookie. Gently press down on the cookie so it affixes to the ice cream. Repeat until you’ve made all 6 ice cream sandwiches.

If you’re feeling particularly sassy (which I was!) feel free to decorate your ice cream sandwiches by adding additional treats. I rolled mine in mini peanut butter cups, which was truly delicious. You could also add healthbar, sprinkles, or your favorite candy. Don’t worry these are absolutely delicious sans candy. In fact, they’re a perfect throwback to the good, old-fashioned ice cream sandwiches of yesteryear.  Enjoy!

And there you have it folks!

The Verdict

I served these at dinner with friends, and despite being stuffed beyond belief from our main course, we all managed to finish our ice cream sandwiches. My parents were in town this weekend and I was given strict instructions from my father to save him an ice cream sandwich. When I gave it to him, his eyes lit up like a little kid, and upon devouring the first bite, all I heard was “Oh Wow!”. Suffice it to say he loved them. The vanilla ice cream is really creamy, and being that it’s a neutral flavor and not too rich, it’s the perfect compliment to the chocolate sandwich cookies. The cookies themselves are sinful as well, nice and soft, almost brownie-like. Together, they are the perfect marriage between chocolate and vanilla. Even better, they keep perfectly well in the freezer for over a week! Enjoy.

Coffee Stracchiatella Ice Cream

8 May

“Espresso is to Italy what Champagne is to France.” ~ Charles-Maurice De Talleyrand-Perigord, French Diplomat 18th century

Coffee Stracciatella. Mmm. Mmm. Good.

Coffee ice cream is my favorite. The other night I decided I needed coffee ice cream, as in, how could I possibly live without it. I took matters into my own hands and whipped up a fresh batch of coffee ice cream. It dawned on me that stracciatella would really make this ice cream off the charts. So, a few minutes before it was done, I melted semi-sweet chocolate and drizzled it into the ice cream. It was, for lack of a better word, insane.

A word about stracciatella. Originating from Italy, stracciatella is the quintessential Italian chocolate “chip” ice cream. It results from a technique in which one pours warm, melted chocolate into cold ice cream. Upon hitting the cold ice cream, the flow of chocolate immediately hardens into streaks, which get shredded (stracciato) into chips as the ice cream is stirred.

David Lebovitz. the guru of all ice cream gurus, notes that the trick to stracciatella is to pour it into your ice cream maker in a very thin stream during the last possible moment of churning. He’s right. I followed his lead, and these chocolate “chips” came out perfectly.

The coffee dispersing in the milk mixture

Back at 365scoops, just as the ice cream was churning The Hubby and his friend (who we shall call The Horse) came home after a sweaty game of basketball. To put it lightly, they smelled like holy hell. I wanted them to shower, stat. But no, not when fresh ice cream is churning! Perched over the machine like little puppies, the two of them proceeded to sweat and drool for 10 minutes until it was done. I transferred the ice cream into a container and placed it gently in front of them. A few minutes later I turned around and it was nearly gone. That’s right, almost completely polished off. I may be slightly guilty myself too… but the good news is that they loved it.

After eating the ice cream, the Husband told me that he had an” ice cream boner”. I was debating whether to put this on the blog. Afterall, ice cream is pretty much the most pure, unadulterated, child-like treat. And ruining this blog with profanities seemed unprofessional. Then I thought about it – and really his description is the best way to describe this treat. And so, my friends, it remains!

Tempering the eggs by slowly pouring in the hot coffee mixture and whisking it into the egg yolks and sugar.

Coffee Stracciatella Ice Cream


3 cups half-and-half

3 egg yolks

3/4 cup sugar

3 1/2 tbs instant decaf coffee

5 oz semi-sweet chocolate (not chocolate chips)


What I love most about this ice cream is the simplicity of the recipe. One of the best things about home-made ice cream is that unlike conventional, store-bought, factory-processed ice cream, ours contains very few ingredients. This means less preservatives, and more nutrients. This means less sugar and fat and more quality tastes. In sum, home-made ice cream is so radically different from other ice cream that it shouldn’t even be compared. This flavor is a perfect example of how few ingredients can yield such a robust flavor.

I digress…

Glossy, creamy, beautiful semi-sweet chocolate

First, heat the half-in-half in a medium sauce pan until small bubbles form around the edges. Stir in the instant coffee and whisk until blended. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Meanwhile, whisk together the three egg yolks, slowly pouring in the sugar until the mixture is creamy, thick and pale yellow.

Temper the eggs by slowly pouring the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks, stirring until the two mixtures are well combined. Pour back into the sauce pan and heat until the temperature reaches 165/170 degrees, or until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from the heat and let cool completely and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

The stracciatella right before The Hubby and The Horse got to it…

Once fully chilled, pour into the base of an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions (approximately 20 minutes). While the mixture is churning melt the the 5 oz of semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave. Begin by heating for 30 seconds, mix, and repeat in 20 second increments until the chocolate is smooth and melted.

At the last possible minute (let’s say 2 minutes before the mixture is done churning) slowly pour in the melted semi sweet chocolate in a very thin drizzle. As soon as it hits the cold ice cream, the chocolate will harden and form little “chips”. When the ice cream is done churning transfer to a freezer safe container and let harden (or in our case, consume immediately) until you’re ready to serve it. And there you have it, coffee stracciatella ice cream! Enjoy

This is about how much remained after the two boys devoured the ice cream!

The Verdict: If The Hubby’s description above isn’t enough of a sell, this ice cream is supremely creamy and utterly delicious. If you’re feeling a little bit sassy, scoop a heaping spoonful on top of a cup of coffee, and there you have it, a coffee stracciatella affogato. Need I say more?

Pistachio Gelato

29 Apr

“I think everybody’s nuts.” ~ Johnny Depp

One pint of Pistachio Gelato coming right up!

I always say to people, if you think you’re family is normal, you’re nuts. And it’s so true!

When I was a little girl there used to be a nut factory called “The Superior Nut Company” located in some seedy neighborhood of Boston, and every time we’d drive by mother would say “that’s where I got you and your sisters.” Ha ha. Very funny. Turns out, I actually still giggle when I think of it. At least she considers us superior nuts, high-quality, Grade-A lunatics. Thanks mom!

So far, in my ice cream making life, I’ve only used peanuts in my ice cream. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of nuts (maybe because I am one?) and I find that they absolutely pollute desserts. But, when a customer requests a flavor, we jump for joy, and so that’s how Pistachio Gelato came to be.

I actually had a blast making this flavor (and apparently the customer had as much fun eating it as well, which always makes me feel good). The best part about pistachio ice cream is the rich, creamy, nutty flavor that each bite exudes. This, my friends, is the result of toasted pistachios that are then put through a food processor until they turn into “pistachio paste” and can be easily incorporated into the ice cream base. Stir in a little almond extract and some whole, roasted pistachios and you’ve got it made!

Whisking the egg yolks and sugar. Extra creamy!

Pistachio Gelato

Adapted from Ciao Bella and Jenny’s Splendid Ice Creams


3 cups half-and-half

4 egg yolks

2/3 cup of sugar

1/2 cup roasted**, unsalted pistachios – whole

1/2 cup roasted**, unsalted pistachios – pulverized into pistachio butter (recipe below)

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp almond extract

Whole roasted pistachios before food processing


**If you are able to buy pre-roasted pistachios, then no need to roast at home. But if you buy raw pistachios, you’ll need to roast them first, and here’s how:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the nuts on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast 10-15 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the nuts are fragrant and lightly browned. Remove from the oven, transfer to a plate, and cool. Set aside and follow the rest of the instructions below.

Heat 2 cups of half-and-half in a medium saucepan until small bubbles begin to form around the edges. Remove from the heat.

The pistachios are starting to crumble

Whisk together the four egg yolks, slowly adding in the sugar until it thickens and turns pale yellow.

Temper the egg yolks by slowly pouring in the warm half-and-half until the two are well incorporated. Pour back onto the stove top and heat until 170 degree F or thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat, pour in the extra cup of half-and-half and strain through a fine mesh strainer. Set aside.

It's starting to look a little more like paste

Now it’s time to make the pistachio paste. While this process takes about 10 minutes, it’s completely simple and rather satisfying too. Have you always wanted to buy “natural” peanut butter but not wanted to spend the extra cash? This pistachio butter recipe can be substituted for peanuts, almonds, really any nut. It’s delicious. Spread it on toast with a little apricot preserves and you’re good to go.

I digress…To make the pistachio paste/butter, pour 1/2 cup of pistachios into a food processor and pulse for approximately 5-7 minutes until the pistachios crumble into small chunks, a chunky paste, and then ultimately a very creamy and smooth paste, with a little bit of oil settling on the side. You’ll know it’s done when it’s one uniform color and can easily be spread onto bread. You might occasionally have to remove the top of the food processor, and with a spatula or knife, scrape the bottom and sides of the food processor bowl so as to incorporate any rogue chunks of pistachios. Continue pulverizing until smooth.

Only a few more minutes...

Next you’re going to pour half the gelato base into a blender with the pistachio butter, and mix until thoroughly incorporated. Add in the remaining gelato base along with the salt, and almond extract. Let cool completely before refrigerating for 2 hours or overnight.

Voila! Pistachio Butter at its finest!

Once fully chilled, pour the mixture into the base of an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Approximately 5 minutes before the mixture is done churning, pour in the remaining half cup of pistachios. Transfer immediately to a freezer-safe container and let freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight before scooping.

Like any home-made ice cream, remember to let it sit out for 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

The final product!

The Verdict: The Husband said “oh wow, that’s really pistachio-ey”. Duh. It’s pistachio gelato, so I ignored him. While not a fan of pistachio gelato myself, I was still able to recognize that the ice cream was quite good. The best feedback, however, comes from my loyal customer, for whom this ice cream was made as a surprise birthday treat. It turns out that he loved it. In fact, he allegedly ate the pint in 2 days, insisting on sampling some at 2:30am when he returned home from traveling. That, my friends, is a glowing review!

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream

18 Apr

It was brought to my attention that a terrible ice cream tragedy is occurring in Brooklyn, NY.

Ice Cream Truck

Just as we New Yorkers welcome in the first few days of spring, and children are able to play outside for the first time in months, over- protective, selfish, and quite honestly, plain old mean parents are banning ice cream trucks.

That’s right. You read that correctly!

When I was a little girl, spring and summer were marked by the beautiful jingle coming from the local ice cream truck. In fact, when we were kids, if the ice cream truck would drive down our street we’d scream “Mom, come quick, the ice cream truck is here!” at which point we’d beg and plead for $1 for an ice cream. I’d usually order the strawberry shortcake. The Hubby says his personal favorite was the Chip Wich or Choco Taco. Both solid choices, if you ask me.

Fast forward to 2012 and the time-honored tradition of running after an ice cream truck is still a staple of every child’s spring and summer evening ritual.

Now that's the spirit

That is, until rude parents come into the mix. In Park Slope, parents are complaining that their children throw such wild temper tantrums when told “no” to getting an ice cream, that in order to reign in their “unruly” children, they think it’s best to simply ban ice cream trucks in Prospect Park.

You’ve got to be kidding me! Uch. A real shanda.

My favorite quote from the article comes from a nanny who wishes the worked-up moms and dads would just get a life. “They’re obnoxious,” she said. “There’s no harm in this.”

Have I mentioned how much I love her?

If you ask me, banning an ice cream truck, is like violating the First Amendment. Let kids be kids, and parents, stop being so darn bossy! Let your kid have an ice cream, trust me, it’s worth it!

Anniversary Ice Cream

5 Apr

“I’ve been looking forward to this for 364 days.” ~ someecards


Folks, you guessed it!  Today is the ONE year anniversary of 365scoops, and what a year it’s been!

Since we started last April 5th we’ve:

In honor of 365scoops’ anniversary, receive 10% off your next order throughout the month of April. Mention code 365ANN and consider it done!

Many people ask why I named this blog 365scoops. Simply put, I believe that everyone should eat ice cream daily, heck, a scoop a day keeps the doctor away! So, in honor of that motto, I’ve created a very special birthday ice cream treat.

Here’s to a wonderfully sweet, rich, fun and fulfilling year. Happy Anniversary 365scoops, I love you!

Look at that gorgeous vanilla bean swirl

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate/White Chocolate Covered Waffle Cones

Ingredients: Ice Cream

3 cups half-and-half

3 egg yolks

3/4 cup sugar

1 tbs vanilla bean paste

1 tsp vanilla extract

Salted caramel (recipe below)

1 cup chopped chocolate covered waffle cones (recipe below)

Starting to caramelize the sugar

Ingredients: Salted Caramel

1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
A few grinds of sea salt
1/3 cup heavy cream

Method: Salted Caramel

Melt the sugar over medium to moderately high heat in a larger pot than you think you’ll need–at least two quarts, whisking or stirring the sugar as it melts to ensure it heats evenly. Cook the liquefied sugar to a nice copper color.

Copper colored sugar, right before adding the butter and cream

Add the sea salt and butter and stir until the butter melts. Lower the heat and slowly drizzle in the heavy cream, whisking the whole time. The sauce will foam and hiss; just ignore it and whisk until the sauce is smooth. Taste it and if you think it needs more sea salt, grind in a bit more. Set aside until needed. This can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, but you’ll be using it all in this outstanding ice cream!

Ingredients: Chocolate Covered Waffle Cones

1 cup waffle cones, broken into small- medium pieces

1/2 cup melted milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup melted white chocolate chips

Freshly ground sea salt (optional)

Sugar and foaming's about to be delicious

Method: Chocolate Covered Waffle Cones

Carefully break the waffle cones into small-medium pieces.

Heat the milk chocolate chips then the white chocolate chips  in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and heat again for 10 seconds. Stir and repeat until the chocolate chips are melted. Be careful not to burn the chocolate!

Dip half of the pieces of cone into the chocolate and coat completely. Repeat with the white chocolate. Place the chocolate covered cone pieces on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet, and if you want, drizzle with freshly grated sea salt. Let the cone pieces harden in the refrigerator for approximately 35 minutes and reserve for later.

Creamy dreamy caramel

Method: Ice Cream

In a saucepan heat the half-and-half until small bubbles form around the sides. Set aside. While the mixture is heating, whisk together three egg yolks and sugar in a large heat-proof bowl until the mixture thickens and turns a pale yellow. Temper the eggs by slowly pouring in the heated half-and-half and whisking together. Pour this mixture back into the saucepan, add in the vanilla bean paste and vanilla extract. Heat the mixture until it reaches 175 degrees or is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Let cool completely before refrigerating for 1-2 hours.

Dipping the milk chocolate cone

The Great Assembly

Once the ice cream is chilled, pour into the base of an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Approximately 5 minutes before the mixture is done churning pour in the chocolate covered waffle cone pieces.  Once done churning you’ll need to assemble the ice cream with the salted caramel swirl. Scoop 2 tbs of caramel on the bottom of the freezer safe container. Layer with a hefty scoop of ice cream. Repeat until you fill the container, each time digging the spoon to the base of the ice cream and swirling very gently so that the caramel swirls throughout the ice cream.

Beautiful chocolate and sea-salt covered waffle cones

Top with a few extra chocolate covered waffle cone pieces for good measure and return to the freezer to harden. When you’re ready to eat it, grab and spoon and dive in!

The Verdict: TERRIFIC!!! What a wonderful way to celebrate this most auspicious day….365 days of 365scoops! The Hubby and I had friends over to celebrate this occasion and they absolutely loved the ice cream. In fact,  

Up close and personal. Beautiful caramel swirls and chocolate covered waffle cones.

Nutella Molten Cake A La Mode

15 Mar

“You are the Nutella to my spoon” ~ Unknown

Dig in!

What a beautiful pick up line… If only The Husband used that one on me…

A few weeks ago my coworker joined pinterest and so graciously pinned my Nutella Gelato recipe. Lo and behold, a few minutes later it had been re-pinned a number of times (by people we don’t even know!). I felt like a mega celebrity and this got me thinking…I should probably create a 365scoops pinterest, after all, it’s a great way for people to learn more about my creations and of course, order ice cream.  In creating this page, I found myself getting lost in hundreds of dessert recipes, and the next thing I knew, it was an hour later. Who has time for this? It’s becoming “Pinsanity!” (I didn’t create this name, my coworker did, so creative, right?)

Anyhow, I found this great recipe for Nutella Mug Cake which I realized would be far superior with Nutella Gelato a-la-mode. So, on Saturday night, with an apartment full of friends, I set out to make this creation. Suffice it to say it was totally insane. These cakes cooked beautifully in the microwave (warning, do not try cooking two at once, they must be cooked individually) and then topped with freshly churned Nutella Gelato, a dollop of Nutella and fresh hazelnuts…what else can I say? Insanity.

Nutella Mug Cake A-La-Mode

Look at those globs of Nutella making their way into my gelato...

Nutella Gelato

Gelato adapted from Giada De Laurentiis and Ciao Bella

Gelato Ingredients

1 1/2 cups half-and-half

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup sugar

2 egg yolks

1/2 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup Nutella, plus additional for topping

Toasted and chopped hazelnuts, for topping

Whisking the tempered egg and nutella mixture together

Gelato Method

Heat the milk and cream in a heavy duty saucepan. Once bubbles start to form around the edges, whisk in the Nutella so that it fully incorporated into the liquid. Turn off the heat and set aside.

While the milk and cream mixture is heating, whisk together the 4 egg yolks with the 1/2 cup sugar in a large, heat-proof mixing bowl. Add sugar slowly until the egg yolks get thick and pale yellow. Once the sugar and egg yolks are fully blended, slowly pour in the hot milk mixture to temper the eggs. Once the milk and egg mixture is fully combined, pour it back into the saucepan and heat until the mixture reaches 170 degrees F (which is when the egg yolks are fully cooked). Add the vanilla and let the mixture cool completely before refrigerating for at least 2 hours or overnight.

All the ingredients for the molten cake, set and ready to go!

Once fully chilled, pour into the bowl of an ice cream maker and churn for approximately 20 minutes or according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the ice cream begins churning, make the cakes.

Cake Ingredients

Cake adapted only slightly from The Family Kitchen

4 tbs self rising flour (I used regular flour, is there a difference?)
4 tbs sugar
1 egg
3 tbs cocoa powder
3 tbs Nutella
3 tbs 1% milk
3 tbs Canola oil

The first time I made this in a mug, it looked awesome, but you couldn't tell what was inside, especially with ice cream on top. So this time I tried making it in a glass...

Cake Method

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. If you wish to double or triple the recipe (these are rich!) go ahead, it can be doubled and just baked separately. Whisk well with a fork until smooth. Pour into a large mug and microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes. The time depends on the wattage so it can take up to 3 minutes to cook.

Remove the cakes from the microwave and let cool for a minute before serving. Put two heaping scoops of ice cream on top (warning it melts extremely fast), along with a dollop of Nutella and crushed hazelnuts. Or, you can serve the mug cake on a saucer with 2 scoops of ice cream, Nutella and hazelnuts on the side. Either way, it’s totally sinful and outstanding!

The Verdict: Insanely rich and delicious! This cake should definitely be shared between two people (and that means a lot coming from a sweet-o-holic!). Topped with dollop of gelato, nutella and toasted hazelnuts, I’m telling you, yum yum yum! This is the perfect dessert for National Chocolate Week, dig in!

Sinful! Totally easy and delicious. Enjoy