Aug 24, 2012

Choco Raspberry Ice Cream Sandwich - FFWD

We´re having a celebration at FFWD, since this is our 100th recipe from the book Around My French Table. Or should I say some people´s hundred mark. I joined late, and missed a few, even this one.
Well, in my defense I have a good argument. We´re supposed to make Peach Melba. You know, with peaches. Which, as I extensively complained about in other posts, can´t find anywhere. I could use mangos, but the last ones I bought tasted a bit like insecticide (is there someone else who understands what I say or is it my taste buds alone?). Not nice at all. I could do a pear melba, but the words absolutely boring come immediately to my mind.
So where do this ice cream sandwiches come from, you´re asking. From the bonne idée. Where it suggests making a vanilla raspberry cassis ice cream and serving it with anything chocolate. Again, I took some liberties and made a cream raspberry cassis ice cream. Such a long name for a simple thing.

It is simple really. And it´s called crema ice cream. I love that. Because in Spanish it means cream. Plain and simple. But it somehow entered the blogging world as a sort of mysterious dairy product. It´s cream people. Good cream. I don´t know what kind you use where you live, but here we have our share of very good dairy. So go find the best cream you can find and make crema ice cream. Or add vanilla and make vanilla ice cream.
And here´s another thought. Our most common, find-it-everywhere, good-with-everthing, buy-it-by-the-gallon ice cream flavor is crema. Though here it´s called American Cream. See? We put the american trying to make it more sophisticated and you named it crema to do the same.
In the end, I think the food world is in need of new flavors. So let´s rename.
The same happens with pomelos which in Spanish are grapefruits. There are different kinds but they´re all pomelos. Red pomelo, white pomelo. I wonder what the difference between pomelos and grapefruit is supposed to be. But that´s a debate for another time.
Here we have a birthday and I´m bringing the ice cream.
The brownie cookies are awesome and exactly what the name implies. A cookie that tastes like a brownie. Very chewy and soft, so the ice cream will hopefully stay in place and not end up everywhere but your mouth when you take a bite. A big one. And then another.
I found the cookie recipe in a wonderful blog, Culinography. My only change was leaving the chocolate chips out, your choice.

Cheers to all the Doristas; you´re an awesome group to be a part of.

from Pure Dessert, by Alice Medrich

For the crema ice cream
2 ¼ cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1/3 cup sugar
Slightly rounded 1/8 teaspoon salt
4 large egg yolks

For the raspberry puree
¾ cups raspberries (I used raspberries in syrup, not frozen)
4 Tbs sugar
2 Tbs crème de cassis (cassis liqueur)

In a medium saucepan, combine cream, milk, sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
On a medium bowl combine egg yolks. Add the hot cream mixture to the yolks gradually, while continuously stirring or whisking. Return the mixture again to the saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to let it boil.
Transfer to a clean bowl, (you may strain this mixture if you like, I didn´t), cover and refrigerate until very cold, at least 4 hours, preferably 12 hours.
When you`re ready to churn, put raspberries, sugar and cassis in a blender. Pulse until everything is well combined and strain puree (I didn´t) into cold cream mixture.
Transfer everything to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturers´ directions.
Freeze for a few hours before serving.


  1. Ice cream sandwiches are the perfect way to celebrate! You can't have a celebration without cake or ice cream.
    These look great, Paula!

  2. Ooooo I love ice cream sandwiches…nice way to celebrate! Your photos and presentation are beautiful!! Wonderful, Paula!! Happy Friday!!

  3. Yes cream ice cream sounds a bit redundant. It's interesting how each country tries to make it more exotic by associating it with another one. These look wonderful. I love the addition of crème de cassis in the recipe.

  4. So melty and delicious looking my friend :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Beautiful ice cream sandwiches - fantastic way to celebrate the 100 mark for FFWD! Have a very happy Friday and weekend;-)

  6. I agree with Patty - lovely celebration treat for our French Fridays 100!

  7. Ice cream sandwiches are perfect in this late summer heat!

  8. Hi Paula, I used canned peach halves from Woolies. I just skipped the skinning step and started at the syrup. Your icecream sandwiches look fab!

  9. This looks absolutely AMAZING!!!!!! Good for you. I would like one now, at 9.30pm!!

  10. Paula, my kids would devour your wonderful celebratory Choco Raspberry Ice Cream Sandwiches, that´s for sure! The ice cream looks fabulous and so do the brownie cookies!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Well this sounds as good as peach melba I would say.. :)

  12. Looks delicious! I love a great ice cream sandwich.

  13. Mmmmm. These look super yummy!! I haven't had any sort of ice cream sandwich since I was a kid!

  14. maybe our cooking/baking groups that have international range should have northern and southern hemisphere options. that way we can all enjoy fruits and vegetables in their local season. however you pinch hit deliciously with your raspberry crema and brownie sandwiches.

    1. You know, I thought about that a few times, but it´s not easy to put into practice. I´m good, thanks for caring!

  15. Looks delicious. One of the reasons I love this group is because we have cooks from all over the world and it's interesting to get different perspectives on the different recipes. But I imagine that it does make such seasonal dishes difficult for anyone in the southern hemisphere.

    As for pomelo vs. grapefruit, here in Germany they are very different fruits. Grapefruits are a bit bigger than oranges and are usually pink on the inside. Pomelos are much bigger (about 3 to 4 times the size of a grapefruit) and have a mild sweet citrus flavor. I like both, but pomelos are a bit of work to eat.

  16. That melty ice cream is making my mouth water! It's funny from country to country what we name things. Cream, Crema. And the type of ice cream you're making here - frozen custard instead of the more common homemade ice cream which has no egg yolks and is not cooked prior to freezing - we call in the US 'French Vanilla'. :)

  17. cassis vanilla raspberry ice cream? that sounds INCREDIBLE!

  18. Paula, Thanks for the culinary lesson - I think I've got it!!! Whatever it's called, your dessert treat looks very tasty. Is it more Italian gelato than American ice cream? Here in North America, I think we get more excited about what we think are "exotic" names ---- like pomelos, crema, the like. Let us have our little pleasures, Paula. Although you might not have made the "100" and joined late, you do get a gold star/bluye ribbon for having to adapt to recipes that aren't easily on your radar right now. Thanks for hanging around with we North Americans and doing it with good cheer.

  19. what a great way to celebrate 100 recipes!! :)

  20. Hi Paula! Way to roll with it - your sammies look divine! (I found peaches up here in Montana, but have learned that if you live here your fruit comes from Washington - not quite the California bounty I grew quite used to. Oh well...we find the beauty in what we have, right? ) :)

  21. Wow, I've never seen a recipe for crema ice cream. It looks rich, and delicious. The ice cream was definitely my favorite part of the melba!

  22. I don't know about the rest of the US, but here in Boston, your crema is called "Sweet Cream". I enjoy the simple flavor, especially when dressed up with some hot fudge. Your ice cream sandwiches are a fitting tribute to our milestone. I'm glad you figured out something that worked with your opposite seasons. Happy 100!


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