Welcome to Day #5 of Kick Off to Summer Week, a multi-blogger event co-host by Lauren of From Gate to Plate and Summer of Summer Scraps. With summer quickly approaching and Memorial Day in a few weeks, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your Memorial Day activities. Each day we will be serving up a variety of different appetizers, main dishes, desserts, decor, printables and more all centered around the up-coming Memorial Day. We hope you enjoy all of these wonderful ideas. Tune in each day starting with Monday, May 12 and ending on Saturday, May 17. We have great prizes up for grabs throughout the week so you will not want to miss out on any of the days! Follow #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 on Twitter to keep up to date with all of our spectacular ideas and giveaways!
Are you ever in the kitchen baking something when inspiration hits? I mean, after you've already cooked something. I'm always having those moments before I cook or bake but they rarely hit after everything is finished. Today was one of those rare days.
Last night I made some fresh banana pudding to use in parfaits and then today I made chocolate hazelnut cookies. Looking at the jumbo cookies my brain flashed to the pudding. I wondered if I could freeze it and turn it into ice cream. I was betting that I could so I placed it in the freezer and several hours later stirred it up. A few more hours and ta-da! Banana ice cream.
Now that I had banana ice cream I set out pairs of cookies and placed the ice cream inside of each pair to make an ice cream sandwich. I dotted each once with chocolate chips and refroze them in baggies. These ice cream sandwiches were awesome and way less fat then traditional ice cream! The banana ice cream was smooth, creamy, and tasted of bananas. The cookies with chocolatey, firm, and went perfectly with the banana ice cream. This was such a great impromptu treat!
1. Four hours before making the ice cream sandwiches place the pudding in a large container and place it in the freezer. After 1 ½ hours remove it from the freezer and stir. Put it back in the freezer for 1 ½ hours, removing it and stirring it again. Refreeze it for 1 more hour.
2. Place 6 cookies upside down on your kitchen table or counter. Place 6 more cookies right side up above each of the cookies.
3. Remove the banana ice cream from the freezer. Scoop ⅓ cup of ice cream and place it on a piece of plastic wrap. Using the plastic wrap, shape the ice cream into a disk slightly smaller then the cookies. Place on one of the upside down cookie and top with a right side up cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies.
4. Working quickly, stir chocolate chips point side in, into the ice cream all around the sandwiches. Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap or use a plastic baggie like I did. Refreeze for at least an hour before serving.
5. If you want to save them for later wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap and then in foil. Place in a zip top freeze baggie. Sandwiches can be frozen for up to 1 month.
Looking for more ideas? Check out the rest of the Kick Off to Summer Week bloggers below!
Lemon Brookies by From Gate to Plate
Easy Red Wine Strawberry "Coolers" by Keep it Simple, Sweetie
Memorial Day: How to Make a Wreath by Lil Huckleberries
Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches with Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Perfect Fresh Lemonade by Forty Eighteen
Sparkling Cupcakes by Lady Behind the Curtain
Seaside Pasta Salad by The Freshman Cook
Crumb Topped Blueberry Pie by It's a Keeper
Peanut Butter Mousse Pie by Life on Food
Fiesta Fruit Slush by Little Dairy on the Praire
Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad by Love in the Kitchen