Feb 12, 2012

Valentines Day Ice Cream Brownie

So, regarding this ice cream kick that I've been on.  I was trying to decide what to make my boyfriend for dessert on Valentine's Day.  He's enjoyed the ice cream I've made so far, but wanted to do more than just ice cream.  So, I made a batch of Coffee Heath Bar Crunch Ice Cream.  In the attached recipe, I used Kit Kats rather than Heath Bars, but other than that switch, it's the same recipe.

After I made the ice cream, I poured it into a 9x13 (low edged) metal baking pan, covered it with plastic wrap and put it in the freezer.  I then made a pan of brownies which are made in a 9x13 pan (the baking fanatic in me has two of the same pan!).  You can use any brownie recipe.  The one I used called for nuts, but for this, I made them plan as I didn't want to introduce another taste/flavor.

Since you gotta see how these are made, if you click below, you can see the recipe....

Once the brownies cooled, I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the brownies.  
Just loved this picture.
Brownie Heart

I put the scraps in the freezer.  I figure they can make their way into my next batch of ice cream.  When the ice cream was set, but not totally frozen, I used the heart cookie cutter on the ice cream.  You see where I'm going.  I guess it was sort of like scoring the ice cream.  I then returned the ice cream to the freezer to set completely.  

You have to work a bit quickly on the next couple of steps.  

Once the scored ice cream was firmly frozen, I used the cookie cutter to redefine the shape and lift the ice cream out of the pan.

Ice Cream Heart
I then placed one piece of ice cream on top of a heart shaped brownie.  I covered the pan with saran wrap and returned it to the freezer. 

Layered Brownie and Ice Cream

While the ice cream and brownie chilled, I made a ganache to coat the brownie-ice cream delight. Mmmm!  Chopped chocolate waiting for warmed cream...

Chopped Chocolate

If I were more artistically inclined, I would have written on or decorated the tops, but I went the easy route and made white chocolate hearts to go on top.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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