Brownies Ice Cream Sandwiches

>> Monday, February 15, 2010

For Valentines Day i mad this chocolate brownies with vanilla ice cream from the great blog "Pinch my salt"

Prepare the filling:

½ Gallon of premium vanilla ice cream, softened but not melted
¼ C. Irish Cream liquor

  1. Line a jellyroll pan with plastic wrap.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the softened ice cream and Irish Cream until well combined.
  3. Spread ice cream evenly in the jellyroll pan. Cover with plastic wrap. Freeze for several hours or overnight.

Prepare the brownies:

1 full-size box of brownie mix
2 eggs
½ C. oil
¼ C. coffee-flavored liquor (I used Kahlua)
2 T. instant espresso
1 t. vanilla
4 oz. dark chocolate, cut into small chunks

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 18”x13” jellyroll pan then line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine Kahlua, instant espresso and vanilla; stir until coffee is dissolved.
  3. In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, eggs, oil, and Kahlua mixture; stir together until well combined.
  4. Stir in chocolate pieces.
  5. Pour mixture into the jellyroll pan and, using a spatula, gently coax the mixture out to the edges of the pan. Once the mixture has been spread as evenly as possible, smooth the top with a spatula.
  6. Place pan in a preheated, 350 degree oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  7. When brownies are done to your liking (12 minutes for gooey, 15 for well-done), remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Assemble the sandwiches:

Cut brownies into heart shapes using a cookie cutter. Use a spatula to carefully lift and remove the cut brownies to a separate platter. After all the hearts have been cut, cut the remaining pieces of brownie into bite-size pieces and store in a plastic bag for nibbling later. Wash and dry jelly roll pan then spread the brownie hearts out in a single layer in the pan.

Next, clear a large area on the counter and remove ice cream sheet from freezer. Place the tray of brownies within easy reach. Remove top layer of plastic wrap from ice cream. Working quickly, cut ice cream into shapes using the same cookie cutter you used for the brownies. As soon as you cut a piece of ice cream, quickly remove it by pushing up from the bottom with your fingers. This will get messy. Place the ice cream shape on top of one brownie and cover with another brownie. If desired, repeat this process to create a double decker sandwich. Continue until all brownie pieces have been used up.

Cover pan of sandwiches with plastic wrap and immediately place in the freezer. Scoop remaining bits of ice cream into a plastic container and freeze for later (you can eat it with the extra brownie pieces). After about an hour, the sandwiches can be individually wrapped in plastic if desired.

Ice cream sandwiches can be eaten by hand straight out of the freezer or for a special occasion, mix a little Kahlua with store-bought chocolate syrup, drizzle on a plate and top with the ice cream sandwich. You could even add a dollop of whipped cream!


Strawberry Corn Muffins

>> Sunday, February 14, 2010

There is 2 great things that I love
Muffins & Strawberry
Andif there is a way to mix between them - then I have a great breakfast to start a love day
Valentines' day

Strawberry Corn Muffins- adopted from group recipes


1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
3 Tbsp. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup chopped strawberries


Preheat oven to 425, and line a 12 cup regular muffin pan with paper liners.
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Add milk, melted butter and beaten egg, and mix with a fork. muffin batter should be slightly lumpy, not smooth.
Gently fold in strawberries.
Divide batter between the muffin cups.
Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.


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