Last week, over on my personal blog, I wrote a post about my secrets for simple summer entertaining. One of the tips I gave was to always keep your freezer stocked with cookie dough balls and ice cream, so homemade ice cream sandwiches are only ever a few minutes away.
I suggested keeping dough, and not pre-baked cookies, on hand because there’s really nothing quite like cold ice cream smothered between fresh baked cookies. In fact, it’s one of the ways guaranteed to ensure perfect ice cream sandwiches every time.
Another tip? Make sure your ice cream is very cold. Nobody wants to have a sloppy sandwich in hand before they’ve had the chance to take their first bite. Also, don’t plop a large ball of ice cream on top of your cookie, but rather, shave the ice cream in a line and rest it in layers that can be pressed together. Otherwise, the cookie will crumble when pressed on if it envelops a large mound.
Another benefit to keeping a freezer full of dough balls on hand is that you’ll only make the number of cookies required for the sandwiches you’re making, avoiding the temptation to eat more than one (and trust me, you will be tempted). Oh, and under bake the cookies slightly for a perfect soft centre, yet slightly sturdier exterior.
Some of my favourite ice cream sandwich combinations include:
How about you? Do you make ice cream sandwiches and, if so, what’s your favourite flavour combination?
Looking for more frozen treat inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board for lots of cool ideas.
Although impossible to believe, by the time we reach the end of this week it will be June. June! Like you, I’m sure, my to-do lists for the coming weeks are lengthy, and in the midst of it all I have a few parties I’m planning for the middle and end of the month.
June is a great time to host a gathering, if you can squeeze it into an already hectic four weeks. Here are three parties to think about planning this month:
Grab your favourite group of moms, and spend an afternoon relaxing with good food and great wine. Swap ideas for keeping the kids entertained over the summer, share upcoming travel plans and celebrate making it though another school year successfully.
Menu to Try:
Father’s Day Feast
Dads are wonderful, so why not plan a meal for June 16, devoted directly to them? Invite your extended family and prepare a feast all the fathers.
Menu to Try:
End-of-School Celebration for the Kids
Invite a few of your children’s classmates over for a simple party that celebrates the start of summer.
Menu to Try: