Summer is right around the corner and I couldn’t be happier. I love this time of year. The days are longer – which means more time outdoors. Fruits and vegetables are at their juiciest, and the weather is just crisp enough for a light sweater to protect against the morning chill.
Today’s weather was no exception. It was so perfect that we chose to celebrate my granddaughter’s 4th birthday at the zoo. I love experiencing life through their eyes. Everything is so new and amazing and exciting. They loved seeing all the animals, especially the chimpanzees and the black bear.
All day my little munchkins kept asking, “Nana, can we have ice cream?” They had already gorged down cotton candy, popcorn, and churros, so I promised them that when we got home, we would make something so delicious they would be glad they waited.
On our way home, while stuck in traffic, I heard a little voice coming from the back seat, “Nana, do we still get our treat?” Little ones . . . boy, do they have one-track-minds.
After spending the whole day at the zoo, the last thing I wanted to do was make something from scratch. So as we continued to sit in traffic, I started thinking about what we had in the cupboard. And then it hit me – ice cream sandwiches! BRILLIANT!
Chewy Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches w/Chocolate Ganache
These treats are so yummy and easy to make with little ones, they’ll be your saving grace when summer vacations have them saying, “I’m bored.”
Prepare Brownies according box instructions. When brownies are done, let them cool at room temperature.
Once brownies have cooled, using cookie cutters, cut them into desired shape. (I used a big square cookie cutter).
Next, take a serrated knife and cut your quart of ice cream into slices. This slicing trick works well on quarts of ice cream, as Real Simple demonstrates in the picture below. Cut a quart of ice cream down the middle, then place the flat slide down and cut into slices. Repeat with the other half.
Once you’ve finished slicing your ice cream, take the same cookie cutters and cut the ice cream into shapes. Wrap them in saran wrap and keep them in the freezer until you are ready to use them.
To make the Ganache, combine 1-1/2 cups of chocolate morsels with 1/2 cup of heavy cream in a sauce pan and simmer over low heat stirring just before a boil. Remove from heat and stir until morsels are completely melted. Let ganache cool just enough to still be able to pour. You can use a microwave at 15-second intervals, making sure to stir in between until melted. Make sure not to burn the chocolate.
To make the sweet cream, combine two dollops of sour cream with 1/2 tsp sugar (or according to your liking).
Take your ice cream squares from the freezer and put together your ice cream sandwiches. Pour ganache over sandwiches and top with fruit (optional) and sweet cream