Friday, June 17, 2011

Chocolate-Covered Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich: The Recipe

What a day! Here's how these suckers turned out:
First, take a small sheet pan, or a 9x13 pan, spray it with cooking spray, line it with parchment paper, smear it with butter, and dust it with cocoa. You will never meet a better prepared pan in your life.
Next, make your brownie batter:
1stick soft butter
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons powdered cocoa
2 eggs (added one at a time)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
pinch of salt
1/3-1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Mix this in your stand mixer, blending first 5 ingredients well until smooth, before adding flour.
Spread onto your pan. This is a bit tricky, but you can do it. Mine didn't make it to the edges.
Bake at 300º for 12-15 minutes, or until it's poofy-looking. It won't really look very done. That's okay.
Next: get the yummy homemade vanilla your husband has been making for you. Okay, if you don't have a husband sitting around to do this, store-bought ice cream will do nicely. Here's our ice cream maker, doing it's thing:
It makes gorgeous, smooth ice cream. It's still pretty soft, but you can freeze it until it's very hard.
Here's the brownie, after cooking and being turned out of its pan, upside down. Let it cool completely. I even put mine in the freezer so it was cold.
I cut the brownie into two equal squares, and slathered the ice cream on one half. Then I put the other half on top, making a massive ice cream sandwich.
Lookin' good!
After I froze it for several hours, I cut it into smaller sandwiches, wrapped each one in parchment paper, and froze them all again.
After supper, I got them out, and dipped a few into the chocolate dip:
1 package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. of oil (I used coconut oil.)
Heat this in a pyrex container in the microwave, until just melted. You don't want it too hot, or it will melt your sandwich. Dip each sandwich, spreading the chocolate all over, and making a mess. Try not to lick your fingers. And even though it has a stick for a handle, put it on a plate because it's just that messy!
And good.  Oh So Good.
And rich. I mentioned that to Adam, and he said, "I've never understood what women mean when they say a food is 'rich.' What does rich mean?" At which, I proceeded to describe to him the very obvious conditions which make a food like chocolate or cheese cake rich, to which he replied, "I still don't get it."  Philip said, "Yeah. Me either."


  1. it looks wonderful--was it? Now you need to come when all our kids are home and make this for us. Wouldn't that be a treat? Enjoy.

  2. Wow, those look mouth watering!!

  3. Wow! That was a lot of loving work! It looks yummy!

  4. I know the difficulty with that word, RICH. One person I knew used it describing sautéed tofu, and my father also used it for something that was not sweet -- but maybe it was concentrated nourishment he was talking about. What are those obvious conditions your were listing to Adam?

  5. When I was a girl, my father tried to explain what "rich" meant in terms of food to my 11 year old friend. Finally, after he'd done his best, she exclaimed, "What you call rich, I call good!" It's been one of Dad's favorite stories for decades.

  6. Mmmmm that looks great!!!

  7. Y'all are funny :) Carolyn, I'm trying to imagine your daddy giggling :) GJ, I'm trying to think of a food that I'd describe as "rich" that's not also sweet. I guess some dishes that are heavy in cream would also be rich, but not sweet. Some cream soups seem rich to me. I told Adam it was something that was so thick, and so satisfying that you only needed about 2 or 3 bites of it b/f you felt satisfied, almost cloyed. He was impressed that I used the word "cloyed" - haha! I don't think of rich and sweet as the same. Coke is very sweet, but not rich. But the rich part of this dish is definitely the chocolate coating. My kids liked them better without it.


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