Fresh Mint Ice Cream (with Salt & Pepper Mini Chocolate Cookies)

Fresh Peppermint

Fresh peppermint purchased from the farmers market.

The farmers market has been kicking the past couple weeks, and we like cooking things that are in season.  We will shortly be working our way through the various fruits that the Northeast has to offer (in various forms), but as of a couple weeks ago fruits were still scarce.  The ice cream cake at Allswell inspired us to do a clean, simple, refreshing mint ice cream.  After all, herbs are abundant at the market right now.

Salt & Pepper Chocolate Cookies with Fresh Mint Ice Cream

Mint Ice Cream between Salt & Pepper Mini Chocolate Cookies. 

When thinking about mint and mint ice cream, we could not help but think of chocolate and how to incorporate that into our ice cream without taking away from the simple beauty of mint ice cream on its own.  Chocolate shavings and mini ice cream sandwiches were our solutions.  The perfect recipe for one bite ice cream sandwiches that I adapted from Dorie Greenspan‘s World Piece Cookies for Salt & Pepper Chocolate Cookies follows.

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Sage Browned Butter Ice Cream (with a bonus cookie recipe!)

This is part two in our series of pizza appropriate savory ice creams.  There was a point where we were just throwing out delicious herbs and thinking about how they were best used in savory foods.  Browning sage in butter is one of the first steps in making an excellent Thanksgiving meal.  And browned butter is just plain delicious and decadent.

sage browned butter- earl grey openThe three important flavor components to our ice cream sandwiches

However, butter is not high on the roster of common ice cream flavors.  It does play an important role in a great proportion of sweet baked goods, so we knew there had to be something to it.  We were kind of clueless on how to make a browned butter into an ice cream component.  Luckily, Jenni’s Splendid Ice Creams has a “Brown Butter Almond Brittle Ice Cream” that acted, very loosely, as our guide to this butter alchemy.  We made a couple changes, namely lowering the amount of butter (she uses three sticks!) and the addition of some lemon zest and the substitution of light brown instead of white sugar.  The results are surprisingly sweet and just the right amount of buttery.

After tasting the ice cream, we thought it would pair nicely with a shortbread, another dessert that prominently features butter.  The recipe for a favorite Earl Grey Tea shortbread, which naturally highlights compliments the hints of citrus, follows the ice cream recipe.  These ice cream sandwiches are like a butter explosion!

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