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Friday, March 20, 2009

Samoas Ice Cream

Samoas Ice Cream

Yesterday I promised you guys a sweet treat. Well, here it is...sweet enough for ya? I think I mentioned earlier in the week how I got attacked by the Girl Scouts at the grocery store last weekend (or maybe I Twittered about it). Having once been a Girl Scout myself, I feel it is necessary to support the cause. Plus, who can resist their cute little faces? I only allow myself to buy one box of Samoas and/or Thin Mints and this year I went with one box of Samoas, but I can't promise that if these girls are at the store tomorrow that I won't be tempted again. Normally I like to pop the box in the freezer and have one or two when the mood strikes. This time I thought I could get more creative. I have seen the national name brand Samoas ice cream in the stores and thought I would do my own twist on it. I decided to go with a vanilla bean ice cream base, a fudge swirl and lots of roughly chopped cookies. I don't know about you, but when I have chunks in my ice cream, I want BIG chunks! This ice cream is To. Die. For. Soooo rich and delicious and sinful. Of course I am going to have to walk extra laps this weekend to burn it off, but it's worth it. Have a great weekend!

Many thanks to Christine and Dawn for helping me figure out the three column format. How do you like it?

Samoas Ice Cream

Samoas Ice Cream

Makes 1 quart

Vanilla Bean ice cream (recipe follows)
Fudge swirl (recipe follows)
Most of a box of samoas, roughly chopped

Freeze the ice cream according to manufacturers instructions. In the last two minutes of freezing, slowly stream in the fudge. Transfer the ice cream to a quart sized container and mix in the chopped up cookies.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
(From David Lebovitz)

1 cup milk
Pinch of salt
3/4 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean
5 egg yolks
2 cups heavy cream
A few drops of vanilla extract

Heat the milk, salt, vanilla extract and sugar in a saucepan. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the milk with the tip of a paring knife. Add the bean pod to the milk.

Stir together the egg yolks in a bowl and gradually add some of the warmed milk, stirring constantly as you pour. Pour the warmed yolks back into the saucepan.

Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula. Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Rinse the vanilla bean and put it back into the custard and cream to continue steeping. Chill thoroughly, then remove the vanilla bean and freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions.

Fudge Swirl
(Adapted from Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments)

1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

This swirl can be prepared a day or two ahead of time, but if you make it at the same time as the ice cream, remember that it needs to cool before adding it into the ice cream.

In a medium sauce pan, whisk together the sugar, corn syrup, water, and cocoa powder. Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly, bringing the mixture to a low boil. Boil gently for one minute, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Cool in a refrigerator before serving.

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29 comments:

Maria said...

Oh yum! What a fantastic treat!

RecipeGirl said...

Good Lord this is EVIL- and quite delicious looking! Brilliant use for girl scout cookies :)

kellypea said...

Wow! That's a bowl of lusciousness if I've ever seen one. And I recognize those cookies. We happen to have a few boxes sitting in the kitchen. My husband said that we had to buy two boxes from every Girl Scout that stopped by. Hence 10 boxes. Your ice cream is looking so yummy...

Diana said...

So so sooooo jealous! Even prettier than I pictured in my head! I'm totally going to go hound the streets for some Girl Scouts -- even if I can't eat them for another three weeks, I need my Samoas!

Dawn said...

Oh my goodness you did it! you changed your margins! your web page looks soooooo much better.
I forgot that you have an ice cream maker, I'm so jealous. I was talking to hubby about the fact we should buy one. He said yes too. Where did you get yours?

Hayley said...

Your ice cream looks incredible, and I love the new site look!

Esi said...

I had a spoonful of ice cream with breakfast and I am saving room to have some with dinner!

Kelly, oooh, I would be in trouble with ten boxes.

Diana, I'm pretty sure the scouts will be out and about this weekend. I even saw them at Trader Joes!

Dawn, I got mine at Crate and Barrell because I had a gift card. Here's the one I use http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-ICE-20-Automatic-2-Quart-Ice-Cream/dp/B00000JGRT/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1237572707&sr=8-1

Maria, Lori, and Hayley, thanks!

Juliana said...

Oh my Gosh! My son will love this recipe, he always asks for Samoa cookies and happen that I am looking at one box.

jodi b. said...

This looks like heaven in a bowl, Samoas are my favorite!!

duodishes.com said...

Those cookies, any GS cookie for that matter, is undeniably addictive. It just goes without saying. And you are featuring the 2nd faves (1st being Do-si-dos)! This is ice cream for champions...like us.

Teanna said...

This is a dream come true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Evan said...

Oh I'm soooo jealous that you got some samoas but even more pissed that you have this ice cream in your possession and can't ship it across the US. Looks dreamy!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

OMG! I'm swooning! Samoas are my favorite GS cookie and this ice cream is just over the top! Fantastic idea!

Heather said...

i'm not a samoa person, but i could totally add some thin mints in there and be completely happy!! i like the three column format - i keep trying to figure out how to do it, too. any tips?

Reeni♥ said...

That is a sinfully delicious treat, and so creative! A right proper way to welcome in Spring! I love your page! You have so much room for posting in the sidebars, it's great!

Erica said...

Don't tease me when I'm moving towards the clean eating ;) How yummy does that look, seriously?

Sophie said...

MMMMMMM...This ice -cream dessert looks so lovely!!!! Yum yum!!
With the 3rd colom it looks so better!!

Brilynn said...

Gorgeous ice cream! I would never turn down a frozen treat...

ttfn300 said...

holy crap those are my favorite cookie! this wouldn't be safe near me :)

Choosy Beggar Tina said...

I saw your lovely ice cream on Tastespotting, but totally misread the title. I thought that it was "Samosa Ice Cream" and was VERY CURIOUS (and slightly nervous) to see.

In Canada our Girl Guides have chocolate mint cookies, or packs of vanilla and chocolate sandwich cookies...that's it. Wouldn't mind trying these!

Sara said...

Amazing dessert! A scoop of coconut ice cream would be fit in well, too.

Kerstin said...

oh wow - looks amazing! Our samoas have somehow all disappeared already. I'm with you on loving the big cookie chunks!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Esi, this is fantastic. Samoas are my hubby's favorite Girl Scout cookie (with Thin Mints a close second). I think I'll surprise him with this wonderful recipe of yours. :)

Foodycat said...

I don't know what samoas are, but this looks so good!

Foodycat said...

... how do you change the margins? It looks really good!

unconfidentialcook said...

While I am so glad the girl-scout-cookie selling has come to an end in our house...how I miss those samoas. Everyone else liked the mints, but I am a samoa girl.

ttfn300 said...

i like the three column format and was wondering how to do it myself... is it very hard??

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

Wonderful idea, Esi! Wishing I didn't give away my box of Samoas (had to get those things out of my house, I was overindulging). The photos look amazing.

Dazy said...

Once me and my colleague had a chance to have Swiss premium ice creams, two scoops of Movenpick ice creams of our choice. They were simply soothing. This is something one can’t afford to miss. You scream, I scream for Ice Cream!!