Candy Cane Bark Ice Cream

We trimmed a Christmas tree (courtesy of our charming landlords).  We checked out the tree at Rockefeller Center with out of town visitors.  We finished our present shopping (well mostly).  We baked speculos cookies, world peace cookies, and blondies.  It was time that we focused our attention on some holiday themed ice cream, and Kira set her sights on a common decoration hanging from most Christmas trees: the candy cane.

candy cane bark suppliesCandy Cane Bark Supplies.

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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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Rosemary Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Shavings

rosemary frozen yogurt

Rosemary Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Shavings

When we were dreaming up this blog, one of our main objectives was to make this project collaborative.  Our friends have great ideas and we try to make them happen.  That means we talk about ice cream a lot.  However, at the heart of it, the next two posts are pizza party themed.  That’s right, we baked.

photo by Anoop Ranganath.

We’ve been planning a pizza party for awhile and we wanted to do some flavors on the savory spectrum.  One of our dear friends in Richmond, VA knows a lot about herbs and had many suggestions, including this flavor combination, based on a rosemary mocha drink she had at a local cafe.

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Milk Chocolate: Ice Cream versus Frozen Yogurt

milk chocolate frozen yogurt and ice cream

Milk Chocolate Frozen Yogurt (left) and Ice Cream (right)

As we both have quite the sweet tooth for chocolate, we knew we had to make a satisfactory chocolate frozen treat.  I say frozen treat without specifying ice cream or frozen yogurt because we equally appreciate the two for their inherent qualities: Yogurt has that undercurrent of tartness, while ice cream has that milky sweetness that reminds you of childhood treats.  Also, we had a little mix-up when making our most recent batch.

We had every intention of making chocolate frozen yogurt.  Our very first frozen adventure was, in fact, a woefully hard-freezing and icy chocolate with pretzels and mini marshmallow frozen yogurt, made from the recipe that came with the ice cream maker instruction booklet. Lesson learned: Don’t make our mistake and use the recipe that comes with your machine. It practically guarantees icy cold disappointment.  We felt we needed to redeem chocolate frozen yogurt after that first mess.

However, in the rush to get our batch done in the morning before a busy Sunday afternoon, we forgot to modify the recipe we were using to accommodate the yogurt and therefore forgot all about the bowl of strained yogurt that waited so patiently in the fridge.  After acknowledging the bummer, we decided to make the recipe both ways to compare the results.

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