Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Deep Fried Ice Cream

Hard to believe that May is already here and that Cinco De Mayo is tomorrow. There are always many celebrations out here with amazing food, fabulous margarita's, and deep fried ice cream for dessert!

Yup, ice cream- deep fried! Vanilla ice cream, rolled in cinnamon and sugar, then a crunchy coating of crushed cinnamon cereal, and deep fried a few brief moments until golden brown.

The first time I heard of it was when I moved to Phoenix 32 years ago. I was a bit confused by the idea- how could you fry something that was supposed to be eaten frozen? Actually it's rather easy with a bit of prep and organization.

Something deliciously sinful happens in your mouth when you bite into this warm, honey drizzled, crispy, cinnamon- crunch coated vanilla bean ice cream. I can't quite explain... you'll just have to take a bite for yourself and see...

Deep Fried Ice Cream

2 large scoops Vanilla Bean ice cream
1/4 c sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 c cinnamon crunch cereal, crushed
Honey, to drizzle
Whipped Cream, to top
Vegetable oil, about 3" deep

Scoop out ice cream and place each scoop onto a cookie sheet, sides not touching, freezing again until nice and solidly frozen.

Mix together cinnamon and sugar. Roll each scoop of ice cream into cinnamon-sugar mixture until well coated. Immediately roll and coat ice cream in cereal, gently packing cereal crumbs into the ice cream. Re-freeze for about 30 minutes.

Remove from freezer and place one coated ice cream onto a slotted spoon. Gently place ice cream into hot, 375 degree oil for approximately 10 seconds (or less) until golden brown on all sides. Remove and drain quickly on a paper towel.

Place ice cream in a serving dish. Drizzle with honey, and top with whipped cream if desired. Serves 2.

These can be easily prepped in advance, freezing immediately. Deep fry as wanted!

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