Sunday, July 5, 2009

SMS - Brown Sugar Vanilla Ice Cream (sans fudge sauce)

This week's SMS recipe was chosen by Karen from Karen's Cookies Cakes & More. She chose Brown Sugar Vanilla Ice Cream with Hot Fudge Sauce. I believe it's the only ice cream recipe in The Sweet Melissa Baking Book. I was very much looking forward to this recipe as I've never made ice cream before, although I have to admit, I'm not much of an ice cream person, which is why I cut the recipe in half. The ice cream making process seemed like a lot of fun and it was. I used my KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment for this.

Right after churning the ice cream; ready for the freezer

Because of the brown sugar in the recipe, I thought the ice cream would pair well with the honey caramel glaze we made for the Bee Stings a while back. Then I decided to make ice cream sandwiches. I still had a log of Chocolate Chip Cookie dough with Toasted Almonds in the freezer. So the idea came to add toasted almonds to the ice cream as well. And since I was going to take these sandwiches with us to a friend's house, I figured let's mix things up and make some sandwiches with Chocolate Chip cookies and some with Double Chocolate Cherry cookies.

Two scoops of Brown Sugar Vanilla Ice Cream w/Toasted Almonds & Honey Caramel Glaze

Final thoughts/tips:
  • Hubby and I loved the ice cream. Although I didn't eat much of it (not a big ice cream person), I did like it a lot. Hubby enjoyed it a lot and said "I wish you hadn't made just half the recipe". His rating: 8 out of 10. Will definitely make this again.
  • I skipped the vanilla bean because I cut the recipe in half.
  • Instead of skim milk, I used half & half (aka, light cream).
  • I didn't follow the instructions exactly. Instead of using the double boiler method, I made the ice cream batter using the "pastry cream" method. Meaning, boil the cream mixture, combine the egg yolks and sugar and slowly add the hot cream mixture to the egg yolk mixture, to temper the egg yolks. Then return the mixture to the pan and heat until it reaches 180 degrees.
  • You can find the recipe here. A big thanks to Karen for choosing this recipe. I had fun making it and even more fun sharing it with my hubby and friends.
  • Don't forget to check out other SMS bakers to see how they liked this recipe.

Ice cream sandwich #1

Ice cream sandwich #2


  1. Love your ice cream sandwiches! Thanks for making this with me. I'm definitely going to make this again. I'm glad your hubs enjoyed it as much as i did.

  2. Way to use up the cookies and the caramel glaze, too! Nice job. It was a delicious ice cream.

  3. All of your variations look delicious! I also thought the ice cream would go well with the caramel sauce from the bee stings, and almost made it that way...

  4. They all look fantastic and I'm glad you had the chance to make ice cream. I started making it last summer and think it's so much fun!

  5. Thanks for sharing friend,the homemade icecream sandwiches tasted like heaven, they had such a nice cooling effect on such a warm summer day like last Friday.
    I also admire anything that is almond involving.
    Keep up the good work...

  6. Your sandwiches look delicious! Amazing job with ALL of it!! :)

  7. i love all the variations you did on this!

  8. Bet it was delish with the caramel running through the ice cream.

    Katie xox

  9. Love the ice cream sandwiches, great job!

  10. GENIUS! Those are perfect add ins and two perfect ways to eat the ice cream. I still haven't had a chance to make this one, but I can't wait.

  11. Hello my dear Hanaâ!

    I'm going to write you a proper reply via email when I have a bit more time- we've got lots to catch up on- your email was so sweet and made my day :) Anyways, I couldn't resist stopping by your blog to check out your amazing ice cream sandwiches... they came out awesome! (I'll explain why I haven't got my post up yet later) What a great first go-round making ice cream! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me- how clever to pair this with the honey caramel glaze. It sounds over the top and simply sinful (in a good way!) Did your friend enjoy them too?

    And quick question for you about this week's recipe. I keep rereading the directions about the part where you actually bake the cheesecake, and I'm confused if it's supposed to be covered with tin foil. It says something about "removing the top layer of foil," but it doesn't reference covering anywhere else in the recipe. Help! Let me know what you think, when you get a chance.

    Hope you're doing well, having a fantastic Friday, and gearing up for a relaxing weekend. Can't wait to talk to you soon :)


  12. I like your ice cream sandwiches!! Wish I could've made this... maybe in the future when I have an ice cream maker...

  13. What can be better during summer? Nothing! The ice cream sounds fantastic, Hanaa!

  14. Your ice cream looks great. I especially like that you made it into a sandwich.


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