I would love to take full and complete credit for this recipe, but I'm just not that capable. I was planning a dinner using the best summertime dishes (baked beans, potato salad, grilled tomato and cheese) and wasn't sure what to do for a dessert. Especially since my cabinet of sweet ingredients had been basically reduced to semi-sweet chocolate chips and a chocolate cake mix. I had a few moments to flip through some magazines and my eyes fell upon the beautiful photograph of Bon Appetit's Ice Cream Sandwiches, featured in the August 2010 issue. I knew I could put something together that might at least resemble the idea, if not the finished product.
Luckily, I had exactly four graham crackers. Cut in half, they were the perfect size for sandwiches. Paul had mentioned at the store that he really liked Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia Ice Cream, but we hadn't purchased any. However, I did have vanilla ice cream and some fresh frozen cherries. I figured I'd hit the jackpot. But I learned that cherries can be a little like spinach. You can add tons to your recipe, but it seems to disappear once mixed. Although the recipe below is how I made the sandwiches with the cherries, it would be significantly easier to just use a pre-made cherry ice cream (or any other flavor that suits your fancy!)
And if my word isn't quite enough for you, the guests who ate the other two sandwiches have already made them once (twice counting when their son came home), are resisting making them again this weekend, but are planning on making them next weekend for a potluck. Not sure how they will stay frozen, but I'm sure it will be worth it.
Clearly, this is a recipe that screams "child-like" with an adult twist. Warning: They're addictive, and they can take up to two days to prepare. (First freeze with ice cream overnight. Cover with chocolate; freeze again.)
Recipe for Ice Cream Sandwiches
Inspired by: Bon Appetit Magazine
- 4 Graham crackers, halved crosswise
- 1 1/2 cups Vanilla ice cream
- 1/2 cup Frozen cherries, chopped in food processor
- 1/4 cup plus 1/16 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
Soften ice cream about 15 seconds in microwave. (Microwaves vary. Mine is quite strong.) Add frozen cherries and mix together quickly. Line a container with sides with parchment paper. Spread ice cream carefully onto half of the cracker. Top with other half of the cracker and press down gently. Place the sandwich in the container. Repeat with the other graham crackers. Cover container and freeze overnight. (I believe Bon Appetit recommends at least 6 hours.)
When sandwiches are frozen, microwave the chocolate chips in about 15 second increments until they are melted and smooth. Add the oil. Working with each sandwich individually, cover one side of each sandwich with chocolate. Refreeze until chocolate is firm. I wrapped my sandwiches individually. They should have lasted a day or two if wrapped and protected in a sealed container.