No need to point out the obvious – it’s HOT out there! What better way to cool down than with an ice cream party. Kids are easy to please a few basic flavors, some cones, a variety of toppings and they are more than happy. For the adults, however, you can kick it up a little. Now I love homemade ice cream, but if you want to offer a few different varieties and have only 1 ice cream maker it can be very time consuming. There is a way to offer the variety and do it quickly, easily and deliciously with a semi-homemade offering. Buy a few pints of a high quality ice cream (like Hagan Daaz), soften it, stir in a few things to make it your own and re-freeze. Here are some ideas to get you started. It is really fun to experiment with your favorite combinations.
Recipe: Blueberry-Lime Vanilla
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- zest of 1 lime
- 2 Tbs granulated sugar
- softened vanilla ice cream
In a bowl combine blueberries with lime and sugar. Slightly mash together, leaving many blueberries in tact. Mix in to softened ice cream and re-freeze until ready to serve.
Recipe: Mint Chocolate
adapted from Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello
- 1/2 cup mint leaves, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbs water
- 1 pint chocolate ice cream, softened
Grind together the mint and sugar using a mortar and pestle. Add in the water and mix well. Stir into the softened ice cream and re-freeze before serving.
Recipe: Chocolate Covered Strawberry
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
8 oz. heavy cream
1 pint strawberry ice cream, softened
Place chocolate in a heat proof medium sized bowl. Gently heat cream over a medium heat. When cream just starts to come to a boil, pour cream over the chocolate. Let sit a minute and then stir gently until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Allow mixture to cool. Once cool, stir into strawberry ice cream and re-freeze until ready to serve.
For more recipes and entertaining tips from Zareen, visit her blog Cooking with Z.