Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 2nd is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Who knew? Well I came across this little fact the other day while browsing the internet. And at the same time I found a recipe for these lemon ice cream sandwiches with a blueberry swirl. Lemon (you know me)? Ice cream? Blueberries? What's not to love? So, I bought what it called for and went to work!


For lemon ice cream:
2 pint premium vanilla ice cream
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (I actually used a little more than this just b/c I don't think anything can have too much lemon in it)
For blueberry compote:
2 cups blueberries (10 ounces)
1/4 cup sugar
2 (3-by 2 1/2-inch) strips lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
For sandwich layers:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Make lemon ice cream: Transfer ice cream to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 30 percent power in 10-second intervals, stirring, until softened, about 50 seconds total (see cooks’ note, below). If you don’t have a microwave, ice cream can be softened at room temperature.
  2. Stir in lemon zest and juice. Spread ice cream thinly in a 13-by 9-inch baking dish and freeze while making compote and sandwich layers.
  1. Make blueberry compote: Cook blueberries, sugar, and zest in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat, thoroughly crushing blueberries with a potato masher, until juices are released and sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir together lemon juice and cornstarch, then stir into blueberry mixture. Boil, stirring, 1 minute (mixture will thicken).
  3. Transfer blueberry compote to a bowl and chill until cold, about 1 hour. Discard lemon zest.
  1. Make sandwich layers while compote chills: Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle. Butter baking pans and line with foil, leaving a 1-inch overhang on each side, then butter foil.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat together butter and brown sugar in another bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. At low speed, add flour mixture in 2 batches, mixing until just combined.
  3. Divide batter between baking pans and spread into thin, even layers with offset spatula. Bake until golden-brown but still tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely in pans, about 30 minutes.
  1. Assemble sandwiches: Dollop tablespoons of blueberry compote all over ice cream, then swirl it gently through ice cream with a spoon. Spoon all of ice cream over 1 sandwich layer (in pan) and spread evenly using clean offset spatula.
  1. Invert second sandwich layer over ice cream, pressing gently to form an even sandwich. Wrap baking pan in plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.
  2. Transfer sandwich to a cutting board using overhang. Trim edges if desired, then cut.

Make ahead Ice cream sandwich (before cutting) can be made 1 week ahead and frozen in pan, wrapped in plastic wrap and then in foil.

It was a lot of steps and took a good amount of time, but the final product was totally worth it. The only problem I came across was I didn't have enough of the cookie batter for both sides so I ended up having to double what it called for. It turned out to be perfect that way.

If you don't feel like making your own, at least go out and buy yourself an ice cream sandwich tomorrow! Everyone deserves a reason to celebrate THAT holiday :)


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