Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Papa's brownie ice cream sandwiches

In preparation for June Sunday Cafe, my Honey decided he wanted to make a dessert.

There has never been a shortage of food in my home. Actually I have a goal of being more organized and having less waste take place. But dessert, now that is different, for some reason it never goes to waste and therefore the more the better.

I had already been asked by my Daughter in Law to make the Rhubarb strawberry crumble pie. My daughter had already said she would make an ice cream cake in celebration of the anniversary. So when my Honey started talking about brownie ice cream sandwiches, there seemed no reason to discuss the previously known about desserts.

His idea was to make brownies in the waffle iron (an old term, because they are now called a waffle maker). Then slice ice cream into slices and sandwich the two together. Since the waffle iron is round, a round gallon of vanilla ice cream was to be purchased.

While I was at work on Saturday, he made brownie waffles, just to make sure they would cook properly. That night we had sandwiches to make sure it worked as a dessert. I actually had to have two sandwiches in my pursuit of a proper test rating.

Then Sunday morning, the work began. Brownies were made and stacked carefully on a plate and covered with plastic wrap to keep them fresh. After dinner the ice cream was sliced and the assembly began. It worked real well to assemble the sandwiches and then return them to the freezer for storage. They could be made ahead and kept frozen for those times only an ice cream sandwich will do!

Papa's brownie ice cream sandwiches
Waffle iron

1 Grandfather
1 waffle iron
1 box brownie mix (and ingredients listed on box)
1 gallon ice cream in a shape that matches your waffle iron

Preheat the waffle iron to medium. Prepare the brownie mix as directed on box. Pour or ladle about 1/2-3/4 c of the batter into the prepared iron, spreading to edge if needed. Cook until done, but not dry. Carefully remove (they are tender) and set aside to cool.

Cut ice cream into 1 inch slices, quarter the slices and sandwich between the quarters of brownie. pile on a serving platter, cover with plastic wrap and return to the freezer until serving time.

Makes about 12 - 16 depending on the size of the iron and how many were tested along the way.




Anonymous said...

This sounds fabulous. I have a particular weakness for ice cream sandwiches and I can't wait to try it. However, can you tell me how to slice ice cream? Whenever I've tried to do it, it's ended up just melting all over. Not that I minded licking my fingers, but it sortof made the slices look unappetizing.

Melynda said...

Just use a sharp (large in size, like a French knife)knife and slice the ice cream like you would a loaf of bread, right out of the freezer. Slice it about 1/2 inch thick for a sandwich of good manners, thicker if you don't care what others think!

Melynda said...

As it turns out, Papa (of Papa's brownie ice cream sandwiches) says to cut the ice cream through the container, like a log. Then take the flat slab of ice cream, quarter it and then peel off the cardboard and put each quarter on the brownie pieces. Sandwich them together, the ice cream will fit perfectly.