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Cheesecake Ice Cream

Cheesecake Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon. This is Rose Levy Beranbaums's recipe for a churned cheesecake ice cream. The flavor is undeniably cheesecake and has a delicious mouthfeel. Learn how to make homemade ice cream with tons of great mix-in options here on the woodandspoon.com for all of your summer desserts and frozen treats!

It has been so aggressively hot here in the South, that the words “cheesecake ice cream” literally bring tears to my eyes. Why, yes, of course I want a frozen version of one of my all-time favorite desserts! Give me all the tang! The creaminess! The ice! I will take just about anything if you promise it will lower my core body temperature by a half a degree, and the fact that said offering comes in a waffle cone makes me feel like it’s Christmas morning. Hallelujah.

Cheesecake Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon. This is Rose Levy Beranbaums's recipe for a churned cheesecake ice cream. The flavor is undeniably cheesecake and has a delicious mouthfeel. Learn how to make homemade ice cream with tons of great mix-in options here on the woodandspoon.com for all of your summer desserts and frozen treats!

I spent the weekend playing nurse to Charlie who had strep throat. The poor little buddy had a fever on his birthday, but I’ll tell you what- I’ve never been so grateful for the doctor to tell me, “It’s just strep!” No coronavirus = happy Mama. Brett and the big kids spent most of the weekend in the pool, which means I had some alone time to test recipes. You might think that after all this time I wouldn’t be so excited by the prospect of a day alone in the kitchen, but I’m happy to report that the shine still hasn’t worn off. I live for it. In the next few weeks, you all will be treated to some fun recipes that got some attention this weekend, but for now, I’m happy to share this delightful cheesecake ice cream!

Cheesecake Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon. This is Rose Levy Beranbaums's recipe for a churned cheesecake ice cream. The flavor is undeniably cheesecake and has a delicious mouthfeel. Learn how to make homemade ice cream with tons of great mix-in options here on the woodandspoon.com for all of your summer desserts and frozen treats!

Introducing: The Recipe!

Rose Levy Beranbaum, the author of “The Cake Bible” and “The Baking Bible” is a household name for me. She is tremendously talented, and her precise methodology and recipes have inspired LOADS of bakers. For her most recent project, she stepped away from the oven to create “Rose’s Ice Cream Bliss,” a book that breaks down ice cream making and the science of it all to make it comprehendible for home cooks. Although there are tons of mouthwatering recipes I am eager to try, I was immediately drawn to the cheesecake ice cream.

Cheesecake Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon. This is Rose Levy Beranbaums's recipe for a churned cheesecake ice cream. The flavor is undeniably cheesecake and has a delicious mouthfeel. Learn how to make homemade ice cream with tons of great mix-in options here on the woodandspoon.com for all of your summer desserts and frozen treats!

To make this ice cream at home, you will need an ice cream maker. I’d also recommend reading through the instructions once beforehand. That way, you can move through the execution of the recipe with ease. Although homemade ice cream is a bit of a process, this one is worth the effort. I topped my ice cream with some granola and a berry rhubarb sauce I had leftover from another project. The ice cream is, by far, the most cheesecakey tasting ice cream I’ve ever had, and it paired phenomenally with the fruit and crunchy oats. If you have an ice cream maker, please let me point you to this book! It’s a fun read and the recipes are nothing short of inspiring! I hope you all have a terrific week. Find a way to stay cool… maybe with this ice cream? Hugs to y’all and happy baking!

Cheesecake Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon. This is Rose Levy Beranbaums's recipe for a churned cheesecake ice cream. The flavor is undeniably cheesecake and has a delicious mouthfeel. Learn how to make homemade ice cream with tons of great mix-in options here on the woodandspoon.com for all of your summer desserts and frozen treats!
Cheesecake Ice Cream by Wood and Spoon. This is Rose Levy Beranbaums's recipe for a churned cheesecake ice cream. The flavor is undeniably cheesecake and has a delicious mouthfeel. Learn how to make homemade ice cream with tons of great mix-in options here on the woodandspoon.com for all of your summer desserts and frozen treats!

If you like this cheesecake ice cream you should try:

No-Churn Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream
Blueberry Mascarpone Ice Cream
Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream
No-Churn Honey Salted Almond Ice Cream
Turtle Ice Cream

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Cheesecake Ice Cream

This cheesecake ice cream is a creamy custard-based frozen treat from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s book! Try it topped with a fruit sauce!

  • Author: Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Recipe from “Rose’s Ice Cream Bliss”
  • Prep Time: 40
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 1 quart
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup (200 gm) cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon (9 grams) cornstarch
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (261 gm) heavy cream, divided
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) sugar
  • 21/2 tablespoons (53 gm) glucose or reduced corn syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup plus 2 teaspoons (74 gm) egg yolk (from about 46 yolks)
  • 11/2 cups (363 gm) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon oil

Instructions

  1. Cut the cream cheese into piece (1 inch) and allow it to soften at room temperature while mixing the rest of the base. Have a fine-mesh strainer suspended over a medium bowl. Prepare an ice water bath.
  2. In a custard cup or small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and 29 grams/2 tablespoons of the cream until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap.
  3. In a medium saucepan, with a silicone spatula, stir together the remaining cream, sugar, glucose, and salt until well blended.
  4. In a medium bowl, place the egg yolks and whisk them lightly. Set it near the cooktop.
  5. Over medium heat, bring the cream and sugar mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower the heat and cook at a slow boil, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes to evaporate some of the water in the mixture. Remove the pan from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes.
  6. Stir the cornstarch mixture to make sure it is smooth and then whisk it into the hot mixture. Return the pan to the heat and bring the mixture to a slow boil. Cook for 1 minutes, whisking gently. It will thicken slightly.
  7. Remove the cornstarch mixture from the heat and gradually whisk about ½ cup of the mixture into the egg yolks to temper them. Then use a whisk to stir the egg yolk mixture back into the pot. Check the temperature. If an instant-read thermometer reads at least 170 degrees Fahrenheit, there is no need to heat it further. If it is lower, heat the mixture on low, stirring constantly until thickened a little further. When a finger is run across the back of the spatula, it will leave a well-defined track. An instant read thermometer should read 170 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  8. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and pour the mixture into the strainer, scraping up the thickened mixture that has settled on the bottom of the pan. Press it through the strainer into the bowl and scrape any mixture clinging to the underside of the bowl. Remove the residue and set the strainer over the medium bowl used for the egg yolks, for the second straining.
  9. Set the bowl containing the custard mixture in the ice water bath and allow it to cool until no longer warm to the touch, stirring occasionally. Whisk in the cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla, and lemon oil. It will be mostly smooth, but the cream cheese will be slightly lumpy. Scrape the mixture into a food processor and process until as smooth as possible, then press it through the strainer again. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 8 hours or until no warmer than 43 degrees Fahrenheit. Set a covered storage container in the freezer.
  10. Churn the cheesecake custard in a prechilled ice cream maker. Transfer the ice cream to the chilled container. Press a piece of plastic wrap on the surface of the ice cream, cover the container, and allow the ice cream to firm in the freezer for at least 4 hours before serving.

Notes

  • I used regular corn syrup in place of the reduced corn syrup and was pleased with the results.
  • The lemon oil is optional!
  • I found it easy to whisk the cream cheese into the custard while it was still warm. There were no lumps at that point.
  • In lieu of chilling the mixture in the freezer, I poured the custard into a gallon-sized Ziploc and submerged it in an ice bath in the sink. The mixture was chilled in under an hour.
  • I store my ice creams in metal loaf pans topped with a sheet of aluminum foil.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate chunk cookies makes with a sprinkle of salt and chopped chocolate. They stay soft and chewy, even when frozen, which make these the best homemade ice cream sandwiches! Make these treats for summer, pool, bbq parties, and more! Find the recipe and how to at thewoodandspoon.com

The summer is in full-swing, and to keep you cool during these sweltering months, I’ve got a semi-homemade frozen treat that literally makes my mouth water just thinking about it: chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. Chewy, sweet and salty chocolate chunk cookies filled with the ice cream of you choice, these bad boys have your name written all over them.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate chunk cookies makes with a sprinkle of salt and chopped chocolate. They stay soft and chewy, even when frozen, which make these the best homemade ice cream sandwiches! Make these treats for summer, pool, bbq parties, and more! Find the recipe and how to at thewoodandspoon.com

We’ve spent the past few weeks in the sun with salty hair and bellies full of watermelon and frozen cocktails. Enjoying the beach with children is an activity I would more closely identify as “work” over “vacation,” but doing so with friends that feel like family make the effort worth it. My kids are slowly gaining a healthy respect and love for the water, and I have loved the opportunity to watch them experience new things for the first time.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate chunk cookies makes with a sprinkle of salt and chopped chocolate. They stay soft and chewy, even when frozen, which make these the best homemade ice cream sandwiches! Make these treats for summer, pool, bbq parties, and more! Find the recipe and how to at thewoodandspoon.com

I’m realizing there’s a lot of things you take for granted when you go to the beach without children for most of your life. In fact, it wasn’t until I had two overheated toddlers plastered to my sweaty thighs that I realized just how oppressive the summer heat can be. There’s sunscreen in their eyes, life jacket-induced wedgies, and  never enough juice boxes to go around. The sun’s too hot, there’s sand in their pants, and somehow everyone in the water has a near-drowning experience. By the end of the trip, mom needs another vacation. #firstworldprobs

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate chunk cookies makes with a sprinkle of salt and chopped chocolate. They stay soft and chewy, even when frozen, which make these the best homemade ice cream sandwiches! Make these treats for summer, pool, bbq parties, and more! Find the recipe and how to at thewoodandspoon.comChocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

As a reprieve, I’ve retreated to the lake so that my mom can play grandmother to my babies and I can get some real R&R over the holiday week. To celebrate, you had better believe we’re noshing on these chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. These frozen treats (and a few bottles of rose) are the reason I’ll be staying sane (ok, and five pounds over my usual body weight) for the remainder of the summer.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate chunk cookies makes with a sprinkle of salt and chopped chocolate. They stay soft and chewy, even when frozen, which make these the best homemade ice cream sandwiches! Make these treats for summer, pool, bbq parties, and more! Find the recipe and how to at thewoodandspoon.com

The key to these chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches is the cookie. In order to keep this dessert as simple and stress-free as possible, we need to be able to assemble and freeze them in advance. So I’ve made this recipe to be just barely soft and chewy when frozen so that you can enjoy the goods without fussing in the kitchen all week long.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate chunk cookies makes with a sprinkle of salt and chopped chocolate. They stay soft and chewy, even when frozen, which make these the best homemade ice cream sandwiches! Make these treats for summer, pool, bbq parties, and more! Find the recipe and how to at thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Sandwiches

Like most cookies, we start these by creaming butter and sugar. These have a high percentage of brown sugar for extra chewiness. Next comes vanilla and eggs which stir in until combined. Finally we add the dry ingredients and the chopped chocolate. Be sure to use finely chopped chocolate so that you don’t bite into any hunks of chocolate once baked! While I love huge chunks in normal cookies, I don’t want to be held responsible when you crack a tooth. So just chop it. These cookies get baked just until the edges are set and they still appear slightly underdone.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate chunk cookies makes with a sprinkle of salt and chopped chocolate. They stay soft and chewy, even when frozen, which make these the best homemade ice cream sandwiches! Make these treats for summer, pool, bbq parties, and more! Find the recipe and how to at thewoodandspoon.com

Once the cookies are cool, sandwich a big scoop of ice cream right between two of them. I prefer vanilla and chocolate, but caramel, cookies and cream, or even chocolate chip would be a great addition here. It’s your pick!Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Wood and spoon blog. These are chewy chocolate chunk cookies makes with a sprinkle of salt and chopped chocolate. They stay soft and chewy, even when frozen, which make these the best homemade ice cream sandwiches! Make these treats for summer, pool, bbq parties, and more! Find the recipe and how to at thewoodandspoon.com

Stay extra cool for the remainder of this month. These chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches are the ticket!

If you like these chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches you should check out:

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

No-Churn Coffee Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

These chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches have homemade thin and chewy chocolate chip cookies and are filled with ice cream of your choice! You can assemble and freeze these in advance to have tasty treats on hand in the freezer!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 11
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100 gm) packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 11/4 cups (180 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) finely chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (your choice)
  • Ice cream of your choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets.
  2. Cream the butter, brown sugar, and sugar with a mixes on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, mixing to incorporate. Next, add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and stir on low just until combined. Add the chocolate and fold to incorporate.
  3. Roll 1-1/2 tablespoon-sized balls of dough on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart and bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until the outer rim of the cookies are set, starting to bronze, and the inside of the cookies still look slightly underdone. If your cookie dough balls look shiny and greasy or if you know you used butter that was too soft, allow the dough to chill in the fridge briefly, about 20-30 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool completely (you can speed this process up in the freezer!) prior to filling with 1/3-1/2 cup sized scoops of ice cream of your choice. Freeze or eat immediately. You can store these wrapped in the freezer for up to two weeks.

Notes

  • Chopping the chocolate finely is really important here! You don’t want to bite into big chunks of chocolate when the cookies are frozen. Also, using chopped chocolate instead of chips is important as the chips are designed to not melt well.

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Rosé Popsicles

Rose Popsicles by Wood and Spoon blog. These boozy frose pops are made with rose wine and a puree of pears and strawberries. Just a few simple ingredients make this summer water dessert something that will be perfect for pool and outdoor BBQ parties all season. Find these lightened up snacks on thewoodandspoon.com

Ok, ok, I know…. TWO BOOZY RECIPES IN LESS THAN A WEEK!? All I can say is that it’s summer and I’m living large and taking charge, okay? Last week you got raspberry champagne pop-tarts and this week we’re cooling off with ultra basic (but super delicious) rosé popsicles. Prepare your liver and bellies for these summer water treats.

Rose Popsicles by Wood and Spoon blog. These boozy frose pops are made with rose wine and a puree of pears and strawberries. Just a few simple ingredients make this summer water dessert something that will be perfect for pool and outdoor BBQ parties all season. Find these lightened up snacks on thewoodandspoon.com

Let the record show that rosé is my beverage of choice in the summer. It’s delicious, totally refreshing, and I like to trick myself into thinking it’s a little more hydrating than a margarita or daiquiri.  But let’s be honest- sometimes a cold beverage isn’t good enough in the summer. Sometimes you need something colder.

Sometimes you’re so hot you fear your face might actually melt off. Sometimes you’re tired of embarrassing sweat stains soaking through your jean shorts. Sometimes a frozen treat is the only thing that will take the edge off of the Africa-hot temperatures in your backyard. Luckily, when the sun is assaulting you and you need hydration and dessert all at the same time, there’s rosé popsicles to save the day.

Rose Popsicles by Wood and Spoon blog. These boozy frose pops are made with rose wine and a puree of pears and strawberries. Just a few simple ingredients make this summer water dessert something that will be perfect for pool and outdoor BBQ parties all season. Find these lightened up snacks on thewoodandspoon.com

I got the idea for these rosé popsicles from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Earlier this spring, they came out with a Frosé sorbet that was so good that I knew I had to recreate the flavor in popsicle form. I followed Jeni’s advice and used pureed pears as the sweet base for the frozen mixture and I added a dry rosé and fresh summer strawberries to round out the flavor of these pops. The result is nothing short of fab.

These rosé popsicles are every bit as boozy as they are dessert, a treat that tastes entirely like rosé wine and fresh fruit all at the same time. But the best part is how simple they are! All of the ingredients get dumped into a blender and the pureed mixture heads straight for the popsicle molds. I like to add a few sliced strawberries at the end, but this step is entirely optional and up to you. Your call!

Rose Popsicles by Wood and Spoon blog. These boozy frose pops are made with rose wine and a puree of pears and strawberries. Just a few simple ingredients make this summer water dessert something that will be perfect for pool and outdoor BBQ parties all season. Find these lightened up snacks on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m sharing these rosé popsicles today in celebration of Billy’s annual popsicle week! You might remember that last year I shared the recipe for roasted strawberry and buttermilk popsicles. The event is always hugely successful, so I was excited to be able to participate again. Be sure to check out his site for more frozen treats that a number of bloggers will be sharing later this week. In the meantime, give these rosé popsicles a try and let me know what you think! Happy hump day!

Rose Popsicles by Wood and Spoon blog. These boozy frose pops are made with rose wine and a puree of pears and strawberries. Just a few simple ingredients make this summer water dessert something that will be perfect for pool and outdoor BBQ parties all season. Find these lightened up snacks on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these rosé popsicles you should try:

Rose Margaritas

Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles  

BBC (Baileys, Banana, Coconut) Popsicles

Lemon Mint Sorbet

Vegan Coconut Lime Ice Cream Pie

 

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Rosé Popsicles

These Rosé popsicles are boozy treats inspired by everyone’s favorite summer wine! With a pear and strawberry puree base, these pops are icy beverages in dessert form that everyone will enjoy!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 240
  • Yield: 10

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup (150 gm) peeled, chopped pear
  • 1 heaping cup (150 gm) stemmed, quartered strawberries
  • 12 ounces rose (preferably one that isn’t terribly sweet)
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • ½ cup sliced strawberries, optional

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Divide the mixture between 10 (2.5 ounce) popsicle molds and freeze in a flat place in the freezer for one hour. Use a popsicle stick to break up any frozen chunks and push the sliced strawberries into the mixture. Add the popsicle sticks and freeze until solid, about 6 hours. Unmold and enjoy!

Notes

  • I use a popsicle mold that makes 10-2.5 ounces popsicles. Your yield will change if you make smaller or larger popsicles. The preparation and ingredients will remain the same.
  • The alcohol in these popsicles will cause them to melt faster than some popsicles. Be sure to keep them frozen until you’re ready to enjoy them.

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Strawberry Icebox Pie

Strawberry Icebox Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple no-bake recipe for a frozen ice cream cake of sorts that is perfect for summer parties and backyard bbq. A sweet and salty pecan graham cracker crust is topped with a light and fluffy strawberry cream made with cream cheese, frozen berries, and whipped cream. You can make this dessert ahead and store in the freezer until ready to serve a crowd. This simple dessert is a great birthday treat that kids and adults will love. Find the recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com.

I’m having a great day. I’m talking extra whipped cream on your frappacino kind of day. An accidental sale at Madewell kind of day. A find a twenty dollar bill in the pocket of your old jeans kind of day. Listen, we don’t need a reason to celebrate around here, but darnit, if we did we would have it. 

So what are we celebrating? For starters, Brett and I are celebrating 5 years of marriage! True, 5 years of marriage is nothing compared to 10, 20, or 50 years, but if you’re already married you know that most days it’s a miracle you made it past the first 12 months. Little victories, people, little victories!

Strawberry Icebox Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple no-bake recipe for a frozen ice cream cake of sorts that is perfect for summer parties and backyard bbq. A sweet and salty pecan graham cracker crust is topped with a light and fluffy strawberry cream made with cream cheese, frozen berries, and whipped cream. You can make this dessert ahead and store in the freezer until ready to serve a crowd. This simple dessert is a great birthday treat that kids and adults will love. Find the recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com.

Next, it’s my Mom’s birthday! This is the same lady who gave me life! The one who took care of me when I had the stomach bug and loved me through that whole year I had a big wart on my foot. My beautiful Mama is the most joyful, kind, servant-hearted human I know, and I love her so much that I could weep. (I’m not crying, you’re crying!) This year she celebrates that really special birthday that comes right after 49 and right before 51. I don’t feel bad about telling you her age because she’s a mega-babe and most of my guys friends from high school would confirm that. (You guys are gross, BTW.) 

Strawberry Icebox Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple no-bake recipe for a frozen ice cream cake of sorts that is perfect for summer parties and backyard bbq. A sweet and salty pecan graham cracker crust is topped with a light and fluffy strawberry cream made with cream cheese, frozen berries, and whipped cream. You can make this dessert ahead and store in the freezer until ready to serve a crowd. This simple dessert is a great birthday treat that kids and adults will love. Find the recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com.

Finally, we’re celebrating my half birthday! Yes, I know it’s a bit narcissistic of me to celebrate something so insignificant, but for all the shade people typically throw at turning 30, I’d say it deserves a little love. The past 6 months have been nothing short of a learning experience, and I feel like I want to drop some knowledge on the cool things I learned in my newest decade. So here’s a short list of the very important (and not-so important) things that 30 has taught me:

  1. It’s okay to lie about your age. Your babysitter, the shoe salesman, or that cute guy at the bar will not have a clue. BUT! If you’re 30 and rocking it, shout it from the rooftops. If you feel like 25, dance like you’re 24. And if you’re sexy and you know it, let everyone else buy in too. 
  2. Eating fast is a normal thing. Admittedly, this is not something I’m proud of. I’m actively working to slow down and enjoy my food instead of inhaling it like a Dyson Super-Vac. But if 30 (and motherhood) has taught me anything it’s that angry toddlers will wait for no one. That plate of leftovers will not eat itself. You dig?
  3. Trends are weird. I’m not sure if it’s because I have a nosebleed section view of the fashion world or if I just have so little time to care, but what I do know is this: I recently saw a photo of Kim Kardashain wearing a pair of orthotic sneakers that are most commonly sported by the elderly population. Apparently these are cool. Thus, I know nothing. 
  4. Botox is your friend. It is not just for people who are dying to look like Joan Rivers or Carrot Top. It is not strictly reserved for desperate housewives who spend their weekends drinking chardonnay and seducing cabana boys.  Botox will make you look like you, but with less wrinkles. I have been doing small treatments for almost year now, and is it worth every penny. 
  5. It’s not too late. This is my new motto for pretty much everything. As in, it’s not too late to learn a new language. It’s not too late to be a tennis player. It’s not too late to teach your husband how to load the dishwasher. There’s a first time for everything, and this old dog plans on learning lots of new tricks.
  6. With that being said, it’s not too late. As in, it’s not to late to say you’re sorry. It’s not too late to make things right. It’s not too late to be joyful! Peaceful! Humble! Graceful! When the world tells you you’re someone you don’t want to be, prove them wrong. It’s not too late to be a new creation; it’s not too late to be the person you want to be. 
  7. Day drinking is totally acceptable. At 30, you’ve passed the college-age threshold where drinking beer instead of going to class is worrisome. If people judge you for cocktailing at noon, remind them that you’re a grown up. Do what you want. 
  8. As you get older, so do other people. This is hard. Watching the people you love age and struggle feels so unnatural. It feels unjust, out of place. I don’t really have any wisdom to shed on this, but sometimes things aren’t okay and that’s okay. If you’re hurting in this area, know that you’re not alone.
  9. Be teachable. For example, when my husband tells me I’m wrong, my instincts tell me to yell back, “SHUT UP, YOU’RE WRONG. YOUR MOM IS WRONG. YOUR FIRST NAME IS WRONG!” Instead, 30-1/2 years are telling me to respond by listening with patience and kindness. Something along the lines of, “You’re probably wrong, but feel free to explain your point of view.” Like I said, be teachable. I have a lot of room for growth in this area, but I’m told that acknowledgement is the first step.
  10. Life is short. Eat dessert first. I learned this early on in life, but at 30, I’m embracing it. Let’s start living this truth with a slice of strawberry icebox pie.

Strawberry Icebox Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple no-bake recipe for a frozen ice cream cake of sorts that is perfect for summer parties and backyard bbq. A sweet and salty pecan graham cracker crust is topped with a light and fluffy strawberry cream made with cream cheese, frozen berries, and whipped cream. You can make this dessert ahead and store in the freezer until ready to serve a crowd. This simple dessert is a great birthday treat that kids and adults will love. Find the recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com.

This strawberry icebox pie is the bomb.com for about a hundred reasons. It’s completely no-bake; also, it can be made ahead in less that 30 minutes. and it tastes like a fluffy, frozen heavenly cloud. If that’s not reason enough to make this strawberry icebox pie forevermore, then 30 has taught me nothing.

To make your own strawberry icebox pie, we start with the crust! Graham crackers, pecans, brown sugar, and butter get a quick whiz in the food processor until a wet sand consistency comes together. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a 9″ springform pan and set it aside while you prep the rest of the pie.

For the filling, frozen strawberries are pulsed to icy slush and added to a smooth mixture made of whipped cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. Once the berries have been added, fresh whipped cream is folded in to give the mixture some body. Essentially, we’re making thin no-churn ice cream here, one that will take on the semblance of an ice cream pie once frozen. Pour the mixture over top of the prepared crust and place the whole thing in the freezer to set up completely.

Strawberry Icebox Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple no-bake recipe for a frozen ice cream cake of sorts that is perfect for summer parties and backyard bbq. A sweet and salty pecan graham cracker crust is topped with a light and fluffy strawberry cream made with cream cheese, frozen berries, and whipped cream. You can make this dessert ahead and store in the freezer until ready to serve a crowd. This simple dessert is a great birthday treat that kids and adults will love. Find the recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com.

Covered with a piece of foil, this strawberry icebox pie will keep for several weeks, but I can promise you’ll want to dive in sooner than that. This is a really simple frozen treat to make, but it’s also highly adaptable too! You can sub in frozen raspberries, blueberries, or even peaches for the strawberries. Just pick your poison and enjoy.

I’m sharing this strawberry icebox pie with a number of other bloggers who think #strawberriesarethejam. Thanks to Becca, Ruth, Annie, and Joy for making this a fun collaboration. Please check out their sites to get links to a number of other strawberry-filled recipes! Thanks for celebrating with me today, and I hope you enjoy this strawberry icebox pie!

Strawberry Icebox Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple no-bake recipe for a frozen ice cream cake of sorts that is perfect for summer parties and backyard bbq. A sweet and salty pecan graham cracker crust is topped with a light and fluffy strawberry cream made with cream cheese, frozen berries, and whipped cream. You can make this dessert ahead and store in the freezer until ready to serve a crowd. This simple dessert is a great birthday treat that kids and adults will love. Find the recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com.

If you like this strawberry icebox pie, you should check out:

Vegan Coconut Lime Ice Cream Pie

Peppermint Bark Icebox Cake

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles

 

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Strawberry Icebox Pie

This strawberry icebox pie is a creamy, frozen dessert that is make head, simple, and requires less than 30 minutes of prep time. A sweet and salty crust, sweet and creamy filling, and tart fruit makes the most of this warm-weather treat that a crowd can enjoy!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 360

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 9 (140 gm) graham cracker sheets
  • ¾ cup (80 gm) pecans
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 16 ounces (450 gm) frozen strawberries
  • 11/4 cup (300 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 114 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 ounces (110 gm) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • Extra whipped cream or fresh strawberries for serving, if desired

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Combine the graham crackers, pecans, light brown sugar, and salt in a food processors or blender and process until the crackers are in crumbs and everything is well combined. Pour the crumbs into a bowl and stir in the butter to combine. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a 9” springform pan and set aside while you prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. Set the strawberries out at room temperature while you prepare the whipped cream. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, use a whisk/whisk attachment to whip the 1-1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks have formed. Set aside. Process the frozen berries in a food processor or a blender until they have been reduced to a thick icy slush. Some larger (1/8-1/4”) chunks will still exist. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth. If the cream cheese will not incorporate, it could be that it is too cold, so set it out at room temp until you can cream the two together. Beat the berries into the cream cheese mixture. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then fold in the whipped cream. The mixture will still be a little loose, but be sure to not overwork it. Pour the mixture on top of the prepared pie crust, cover the pan with a sheet of plastic wrap, and place on an even surface in the freezer until solid, about 6 hours or overnight. Once frozen, set out 10 minutes at room temperature prior to slicing. Serve with additional whipped cream or fresh berries, if desired.

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Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles

Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A simple, summer, frozen dessert made of sweet and rich roasted strawberries and tangy buttermilk cream. These fruit popsicles are simple, make ahead, and a great dessert for outdoor parties and events. Learn about making popsicles without a popsicle mold too!

We’re going to talk popsicles soon- roasted strawberry and buttermilk popsicles to be precise. After all, you guys come here for the recipes, right? But first, let’s talk about moms and what happens when they go wild, ok?

Girls’ Night Out

A few weeks ago, I traveled with some girlfriends to Montgomery for a ladies’ night out. No boys allowed. If you’ve never been apart of a mom’s night out, I’ll fill you in on the dirty deets- we get wild. Not wet t-shirt contest wild or keg stand wild. But take 10 women who have had it up to their eyeballs with dirty diapers and hectic work schedules, give them a babysitter and a designated driver, and just wait… stuff is about to get real.

Of course it doesn’t always start that way. Our evenings usually begin with pleasantries like “Who is keeping your kiddos tonight? Did you ever find anyone to hem that dress?” But slowly, after everyone catches their breath from their busy days, people begin to unwind. Looking around, you can almost see everyone begin to relax, shedding the mom vibes and slipping into a more personal, carefree version of themselves.

Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A simple, summer, frozen dessert made of sweet and rich roasted strawberries and tangy buttermilk cream. These fruit popsicles are simple, make ahead, and a great dessert for outdoor parties and events. Learn about making popsicles without a popsicle mold too!

Fun Moms

Given enough time (and wine), Moms can and will get rowdy. At one point, I felt like I was in one of those snippets from a movie about bad moms. One girl tells a funny story, and the table erupts with laughter. Someone cracks a dirty joke, and another suggests tequila shots. More cocktails, another spoonful of dessert, more rounds of laughter. Everyone is leaned forward with enlivened eyes, engaged and eagerly anticipating the conversation.

Our table got loud, and I have no doubt that in that moment, everyone in the restaurant was thinking, “these ladies need to get it together.”  But do you know what? I don’t care. We might hold it together for our kids and stay super responsible at work, but Moms still reserve the right to let their hair town. The girls were out on the town and it. was. awesome.

Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A simple, summer, frozen dessert made of sweet and rich roasted strawberries and tangy buttermilk cream. These fruit popsicles are simple, make ahead, and a great dessert for outdoor parties and events. Learn about making popsicles without a popsicle mold too!

Letting Loose

Since that dinner, I’ve had a number of other let loose moments. I traveled to Las Vegas with college girlfriends for the Backstreet Boys concert and 72 hours of poolside cocktails. I danced to EDM (Electronic Dance Music, for those of you who, like me, are entirely dated when it comes to music) and wore my very first (and probably last) crop top. And I spent precisely 10 minutes watching a round of Blackjack and almost even got up the nerve to try my hand at it. (Sidenote: I saved my 20 dollars and bought rosé instead. #winning.)

To be frank, sometimes my life and the responsibility of parenthood makes me feel old. I look in the mirror, and the woman staring back at me has forehead wrinkles and an alarming number of gray hairs. She’s got a crusted smear of baby food on the shoulder of her t-shirt and there’s smudges from yesterday’s mascara under her eyes. She’s not glamorous, but dangit, she desperately craves a little bit of it every once in a while.

Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A simple, summer, frozen dessert made of sweet and rich roasted strawberries and tangy buttermilk cream. These fruit popsicles are simple, make ahead, and a great dessert for outdoor parties and events. Learn about making popsicles without a popsicle mold too!

So if you go out for dinner one night and there’s a table of rowdy moms next to you, let them have their fun. Try to overlook the shrieking laughter. Pretend you don’t hear those out-of-turn references to the male anatomy. Don’t shoot them dirty glances if they linger a little too long at their table. Chances are, the ladies at that table need a few minutes to refuel. They need to feel young and fancy and carefree for just one meal. Let them have that.

Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles

These roasted strawberry and buttermilk popsicles don’t feel like mom food. Typically, popsicles are drippy treats reserved just for kids. But these roasted strawberry and buttermilk popsicles are not your average $1.50 ice cream truck goodies. These little frozen dreams are entirely grown up and sophisticated in flavor- a delicious and cheeky dessert perfectly suited for wild and crazy mamas.

Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A simple, summer, frozen dessert made of sweet and rich roasted strawberries and tangy buttermilk cream. These fruit popsicles are simple, make ahead, and a great dessert for outdoor parties and events. Learn about making popsicles without a popsicle mold too!

Making the Popsicles

Making these roasted strawberry and buttermilk popsicles is incredibly simple. We start by roasting a pound of fresh strawberries. A little sugar, vanilla, and a sprinkle of salt is all it takes to make the berries burst with rich flavors and juices. Once the berries are toasty, we mash them to a thick puree and allow it to cool while we make the creamy portion of the popsicles. Buttermilk is the star here, providing a creamy tang to offset the syrupy berries. We also add milk and simple syrup, which amps up the sweetness and helps to keep the popsicles from becoming too icy. Both the cream and the fruit mixture gets poured into popsicle molds before they head to the freezer to firm up. (Sidenote: I use this popsicle mold, in case you’re wondering.)

Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A simple, summer, frozen dessert made of sweet and rich roasted strawberries and tangy buttermilk cream. These fruit popsicles are simple, make ahead, and a great dessert for outdoor parties and events. Learn about making popsicles without a popsicle mold too!

Once frozen, these roasted strawberry and buttermilk popsicles are the perfect balance of sweet, tart, creamy, and tang. This is a simple, fuss-free dessert that will help to make those warm summer nights just a little bit cooler. And if you don’t have a popsicle mold, you can invest in this one that I recommend, or simply pour your mixture into a mold of another sort! Try freezing your popsicles in individual plastic cups or ice cube trays, or check out this article from Kitchn four some great ideas on how to make homemade popsicles without a mold. Do whatever you need to do to get some popsicles in your freezer ASAP, because you need these roasted strawberry and buttermilk popsicles in your life.

The Moral of the Story

Popsicles are good, but roasted strawberry and buttermilk popsicles are better. Moms are great, but a mom with a healthy balance of fun in their life is even better. Make this recipe for the moms in your life (or yourself!) and just try to tell me you don’t agree. I’m sharing today’s recipe with a ton of other bloggers who will be heating things up with frozen treats this week to celebrate #popsicleweek . Many thanks to Billy of  Wit & Vinegar for hosting this sweetness. Check out all of the other bloggers involved here!

If you like roasted strawberry and buttermilk popsicles, you should make:

Roasted Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Pretzel Tart

No-Churn Cherry Chip Ice Cream

Vegan Coconut Lime Cream Pie

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Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles

These roasted strawberry and buttermilk popsicles are creamy and tangy, fruit-filled frozen treats that are simple to make and everyone will enjoy!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: Frozen Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 pound strawberries, stemmed and halved
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract), divided
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (240 mL) full-fat buttermilk
  • ½ cup (120 mL) heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup (180 mL) simple syrup (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the strawberries, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste and pinch of salt on a sheet pan. Roast in the oven, tossing occasionally, for 15 minutes. The juices should release. Scrape the contents of the pan into a blender or food processor and allow to cool briefly. Cover the hot mixture with a lid and carefully pulse the until all of the large strawberry pieces have been broken down and the mixture is now a thick, chunky puree. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the buttermilk, heavy cream, simple syrup, and remaining vanilla bean paste. Whisk until combined. Transfer the mixture to a liquid measuring cup or something you can easily pour with. Pour the buttermilk mixture into your prepared popsicle molds, filling the mold until they are about 2/3 of the way full. Top the buttermilk mixture with a bit of the strawberry mixture, being sure to not overfill. Insert your popsicle sticks and freeze according to the popsicle mold instructions for at least 7 hours or until frozen solid. Enjoy frozen!

Notes

  • You can purchase simple syrup at the store, but I make my own. Combine equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Stir occasionally, cooking until the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool in a heat safe container. I usually cook 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar and store in a mason jar in my fridge.
  • If your popsicle mold is larger or smaller than mine, this recipe will yield different amounts. The recipe as written will make 10-2.5 ounces popsicles. When pouring your molds, be sure to make your popsicles about 2/3 buttermilk mixture and 1/3 strawberries. You can also swirl the two together if you’d like.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2.5 ounce popsicle

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Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream

Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a ice cream machine maker recipe inspired by Ben and Jerry's famous oatmeal cookie ice cream. oatmeal infuses the cream and milk mixture and a cinnamon swirl filling and chunks of chewy oatmeal cookies are added to this to make it the best oatmeal cookie filled ice cream ever. Find the simple and fun summer frozen dessert recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Just so we’re clear, small talk is not my forte. I did not go through the effort of starting this blog so we could chat about the Yankees, the news, or the weather. But on days like today, it bears mentioning that it is hot. It is too. darn. hot. 

If you happen to be reading this blog from some idyllic land where the temp is currently a comfortably breezy 75 degrees and sunny, please, don’t tell me. Over here, in what is quite possibly America’s armpit, I have pools of sweat collecting behind my knees, in between my boobs, and in just about every other undesirably hot place on my body. Ignorance is bliss and I would rather pretend everyone resides in a town that scorches similar to the surface of the sun, ok?

This should be an example of my dedication to baking: even on Africa-hot days like today, my oven and stovetop still get a workout. Today, I’m testing out a bread pudding recipe, which, to be honest, sounds about as yummy as a bowl of ghost pepper chilies, or, I don’t know, a serving of liquid hot magma

What I really want on days like today (besides a margarita and a one way ticket to Antarctica) is ice cream. All the ice cream.

I think having to choose a favorite ice cream would be similar to having to pick a favorite child. There’s just so much to love in every flavor. Except for rum raisin. WHO ORDERS THAT?

One flavor that has always comes close to the top of my favorites list is Ben and Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk. Do you guys remember that flavor? According to my research, it was a limited batch ice cream that B&J are no longer offering. It was creamy, sweet, and deliciously reminiscent of an oatmeal cookie (sans the raisins.)

Let’s have a moment of silence in remembrance. 

The good news? Today’s recipe is a show off. This oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream is really, really close to my memory of the original. Which means it’s really, really spectacular.

Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream

Yes, it’s stuffed to the brim with oatmeal cookie pieces, and of course there’s a little cinnamon sugar swirled in there too, but what really makes this ice cream special is that the milk and cream are steeped in oatmeal. So even the ice cream base tastes like a cookie. WHAT?!?! Mind blown.

We start with a perfect ice cream base recipe, which, for me, is Jeni Britton Bauer’s recipe. (Sidenote: If you don’t have her book yet, just quit stalking it on Amazon and buy it already. The recipes work, are delicious, and are worth every second of stovetop time in this summer heat.) To Jeni’s vanilla ice cream base, we add in some oatmeal because we want every bite of this oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream to be reminiscent of  those flavors we all know and love. From there, we fold in some chewy oatmeal cookie chunks and a few drizzles of cinnamon sugar goodness. That’s all there is to it! 

Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream

The only thing that would make this oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream experience more enjoyable on a day like today is if I could just go to the store and buy it from Mr. Ben and Mr. Jerry. I really don’t want to crank up my stovetop any more on a steamy afternoon  like today, but I will since the forefathers of oatmeal ice cream decided to call it quits on us. Is there a petition we can sign to bring it back??!!

I hope you’re somewhere on a beach with a cold drink in your hand, but if you’re like me, stuck at home with a bad case of boob sweat– make this oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream. You deserve it. 

(PS– Mom, I’m sorry for mentioning my boobs on the internet . Don’t be mad.)

Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream

 

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Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream

This oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream is an oatmeal flavored ice cream base filled with chunks of chewy oatmeal cookie and cinnamon sugar swirls.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

For the oatmeal cookie pieces

  • 11/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of quick cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 11/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs

For the cinnamon swirl filling

  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

For the ice cream

  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 22/3 cups whole milk
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 11/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup

Instructions

To prepare the oatmeal cookie pieces

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Stir together the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until combined in a medium sized bowl.In a large bowl, cream the butter until smooth with an electric mixer. Add the sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs, beating well to combine thoroughly. Add the dry ingredients slowly and mix just until combined.
  3. Pat out the dough into the bottom of an 8″x8″ baking pan and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the dough at the center of the pan looks nearly done. Allow to cool at room temperature or in a fridge. Dice 1/2 of the pan into 1/2″ squares just before using. The remaining pieces can be stored at room temperature for 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

To prepare the cinnamon swirl filling

  1. Combine the corn syrup, cinnamon, and sugar by stirring. Set aside until ready to use.

To prepare the ice cream

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the oats out on a small sheet pan and toast in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. The oats should become fragrant but not burned.
  2. Meanwhile, mix two tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch in a small bowl. In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk the cream cheese and salt together until smooth.
  3. In a 4 quart saucepan, combine the remaining milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup, and oats. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 4 minutes. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the oats from the milk mixture and discard. Pour the milk mixture back into the saucepan and return to the heat. Gradually whisk in the cornstarch slurry and bring back to a boil, stirring constantly. Mixture will thicken slightly and should coat the back of a spoon after about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  4. Whisk the milk mixture into the cream cheese mixture until smooth and without clumps. Pour the mixture into a gallon sized plastic bag and place it, sealed, in to the ice bath. Allow to chill until cold, adding ice as needed.
  5. Once cold, pour the mixture into a prepared ice cream maker canister and prepare ice cream according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Once ice cream is finished, smooth, and creamy, layer large spoonfuls into a dish (I use a loaf pan), drizzling with the cinnamon swirl filling and topping with cookie pieces as you layer in the ice cream. Once all of the ice cream has been layered in the dish with the cookies and swirl filling, drag a knife through the ice cream 5-6 times to swirl the components together. Cover and allow to freeze in the freezer for at least 6 hours prior to eating.

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Recipes Adapted From: Jeni Britton Bauer
 

Vegan Coconut Lime Ice Cream Pie

vegan coconut lime ice cream pie This is a vegan coconut ice cream recipe made in a machine with lime zest and sweetened with sugar. It's frozen inside a press-in graham cracker crust and the whole thing is topped with a strawberry lime compote. This pie is refreshing and delicious, perfect for the special diet vegan/ vegetarian friends in your life. Find the recipe for this berry lime icebox pie on thewoodandspoon.com

Let’s challenge ourselves. Let’s move beyond what we know we can do and into something we’re not sure of. Let’s leave it all on the field, balls to the wall, and just go for it. I’m talking

Vegan.

Ice cream.

Pie.

vegan coconut lime ice cream pie

Not interested? Well, initially I wasn’t either. But tempted by a recipe contest on Food52, I decided to try my hand at making a dairy free frozen dessert.

What started as an idea became an obsession, and I will tell you that I am now a believer in dairy-free ice cream.

To be honest, this was scary for me. I don’t typically like to mess with a good thing and let’s be honest- ice cream from cow’s milk is good. Reeaaal good. But I threw it out there and what I got back after a few misfires was worth the effort. Zesty lime, macerated strawberries, and an extra thick graham cracker crust makes this coconut milk based ice cream pie a home run for any summer gathering.

vegan coconut lime ice cream pie

Trust me on this one. Don’t knock it till you try it.

 

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Vegan Coconut Lime Ice Cream Pie

This vegan coconut lime ice cream pie, made up of zesty lime, macerated strawberries, and an extra thick graham cracker crust is a winning option for lighter, frozen desserts.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 2 sleeves of graham crackers
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

For the ice cream filling

  • 28 ounces whole fat coconut milk, refrigerated and divided
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the strawberry topping

  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of lime juice

Instructions

To prepare the crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place graham crackers in a food processor and process into crumbs. Pulse in salt and coconut oil until the crumbs are moistened and clumping together.
  3. Pat crumbs into a 9″ metal pie pan being sure to cover the sides of the pan in a thick layer of crumbs. Reserve any extra crumbs to use as pie topping.
  4. Bake pie crust in the oven for 8-9 minutes or until crumbs are firm in the bottom of the pan. Allow to cool to room temperature.

To prepare ice cream

  1. Open the refrigerated cans of coconut milk and separate the watery portion of the coconut milk from the solid portion.
  2. Combine the solid portion of coconut milk with the lime zest, lime juice, sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Add about 1/2 of the coconut water and stir until smooth and combined. Mixture will be about as thick as melted ice cream.
  4. Pour this mixture in to an ice cream machine and churn according to the machine’s directions. It took my machine about 15 minutes for the coconut ice cream to be done. It will look like soft serve frozen yogurt when done.
  5. Spoon ice cream into prepared pie crust and freeze until solid.
  6. Once pie is frozen and ready to eat, prepare the strawberry topping. Mix strawberries with sugar and lime juice and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Serve on top of pie slices along with extra crust crumbs.

Notes

  • Be sure to use full-fat coconut milk and NOT low-fat or cream of coconut. Trust me: I tried and they will not work.
  • Substitute another berry or different fruit topping for the strawberries. If it’s delicious- email me! I want to hear all about it.

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Peach Semifreddo

Peach Semifreddo with Blackberry Mint Compote by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a semifreddo which means semi frozen. It is like a layered ice cream cake dessert filled with a simple peach jam filling and sliced after freezing. A blackberry compote made with fresh basil tops this recipe. Learn about how to make this dessert in a loaf pan on the blog at thewoodandspoon.com

Before starting this blog, I promised my husband I wouldn’t air out his dirty laundry online. That was, of course, so long as he managed to put in in the hamper where it belonged. Jokes aside, both Brett and I have learned a lot through this blogging venture and he’s been really supportive by listening to ideas, stories, ingredient lists and technical woes. While I’m certainly able to go to him about the vast majority of my blog-related needs, the disparities between mine and Brett’s food preferences have become more and more apparent since the recipe testing began months ago. Exhibit A: Peach semifreddo with blackberry mint compote.

If you’re thinking to yourself right now, “what is semifreddo?”, then you and Brett are tracking on the same page. Upon first hearing of semifreddo and spotting it in the freezer, Brett made his patented stink face and asked me if I had any cookies instead. Truth be told, it’s not much to look at while it’s resting in the freezer, but sliced on a plate with a warm smattering of compote, this semifreddo has effortless good looks to boot.

Peach Semifreddo with Basil Blackberry Compote

Semifreddo means “semi-frozen” and is a fluffy, mousse-like dessert made up of whipped cream, eggs, and sugar. The air incorporated during the whipping process causes this little sweet treat to freeze up light and airy, similar to the consistency of frozen whipped topping, making it 100% mouth-meltable and refreshing.

I first tried semifreddo only recently at Bottega, one of my favorite restaurants in Birmingham, and proceeded to have dreams about roasted strawberries, toasted pistachios, and this newfound love of mine. Even more recently, I purchased the fruit-heavy cookbook by food blogger goddess Yossy Arefi called “Sweeter off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season.” Her take on semifreddo includes roasted rhubarb and it is an absolutely stunning addition to the book. In a cookbook filled with numerous promising recipes, the rhubarb semifreddo called my name and I knew I had to give it a try.  

Peach Semifreddo

We’ve already established that ice cream has a major place in my heart (Exhibit B: confetti ice cream cake, mocha brownie fudge ice cream, and apple crisp ice cream ), but semifreddo is really quite different. I love this recipe because it feels like a more polished dessert option than ice cream and because both the peach semifreddo and the compote can be made up to a week in advance, it’s a terrific make-ahead option for a crowd. With sweltering summer months just around the corner, I’m happy to have this recipe in my arsenal as a potential late night treat for Brett and I to snack on. 

Peach Semifreddo with Blackberry Compote

If you’re not a fan of peaches, feel free to roast up a different fruit like strawberries, plums, or raspberries and swirl that in instead. The blackberry compote is an entirely optional addition to this recipe, however, I certainly recommend it. The contrast of the tart berries against the sweet and creamy peach semifreddo is really delightful. I also chose to top my dessert with a dollop of whipped cream, mainly because I have a hard time not believing everything is better with a little cloud of cream and sugar on top. 

Give this recipe a try and be sure to check out Yossy’s book here. The recipes and images are gorgeous and it’s definitely a book you’ll want on your shelf this year. Happy Wednesday!

Peach Semifreddo with Blackberry Compote

 

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Peach Semifreddo

Peach Semifreddo is a fluffy, mousse-like dessert made up of whipped cream, eggs, and sugar, and it is 100% mouth-meltable and refreshing.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the peach semifreddo

  • 16 ounces (3 cups sliced) peeled peaches
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 11/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the blackberry mint compote

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 sprigs of fresh mint (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

To prepare the semifreddo

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a bread pan (9″x5″x3″) with plastic wrap or parchment paper, allowing an inch overhang on every side.
  3. Place the peaches on a sheet pan with 1/4 cup of the sugar and salt. Toss to combine. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes or until the peaches have begun to release their juices and are tender. Allow to cool slightly, then puree the peaches and juices in a blender until smooth. Cool in the fridge while you continue to work.
  4. In a double boiler, or in a pot with a glass bowl fitted on top (but not touching the water), whisk together the eggs and 1/4 cup of sugar. Continue to whisk, cooking gently over the simmering water until sugar is dissolved and the egg mixture registers 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer. This took me about 6 minutes.
  5. Pour the eggs into the bowl of a stand mixture and, using the whisk attachment, beat until the mixture is pale, fluffy, and nearly tripled in size.
  6. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, beat the cream, final 1/4 cup of sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks form.
  7. Gently stir 1/2 cup of the peach puree into the eggs. Fold 1/2 of the whipped cream into the eggs. Once combined, fold the remaining whipped cream into the eggs.
  8. Spread about 1-1/4 cup of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and then drizzle with 1/3 of the remaining peach puree. Repeat this process three more times, ending by smoothing out the final quarter of cream and egg mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 6 hours or overnight.
  9. When ready to serve, remove from pan by pulling up on sides of the parchment paper and flip out onto a plate or serving platter. Slice as you would a loaf of bread and serve slices with warm blackberry compote and whipped cream, if desired.

To prepare the compote

  1. Combine the blackberries, water, sugar, lemon, and mint in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until thick and bubbly. Remove the mint and stir in the vanilla. Allow to cool slightly before topping the semifreddo.

Notes

  • Serve with whipped cream, if desired!

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Recipe Adapted From: Yossy Arefi