Saturday, July 23, 2011

Fried Ice Cream

Like the rest of the country we have been suffering with unbearable temperatures.  So what do you do when it is so hot??? Go out for ice cream, of course.  Here in Oneonta, we have so many options. There are the popular chain ice cream franchises and our favorite the mom n pop stands.  We decided on the Golden Gurnsey. 

My absolute favorite item there is fried ice cream.  So I get to the counter order for the kids and Jay, no problem, then order for myself and PROBLEM!  There are out of fried ice cream.  I stood there for a moment contemplating another choice, and then decided on nothing.  I was pouting, if I couldn't have the fried ice cream, I wasn't going to have anything at all.

I was really crabby about it the rest of the night.  Then it hit me, make it yourself.  I have done it before, but the heat must of fried my brain and I forgot.  So the next morning I made the ice cream balls; let them set up in the freezer.  Last night we all enjoyed fried ice cream.

It is really simple.  It takes a few steps and a little planning, but it's not rocket science.  I'm not sure exactly how other people make their fried ice cream, but this is my take on it.


2 C. Corn Flakes, plain
2 T. Sugar
2 tsp. Cinnamon
Vanilla Ice Cream
1 Flour Tortilla
Whipped Cream and Dessert Topping for garnish

In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.  Take half of the cinnamon sugar, and in a food processor combine sugar and corn flakes. Pulse until you have a fine crumb.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper.  Using a standard ice cream scoop, about 1/2 c., scoop balls of vanilla ice cream.  With your hands quickly form a round ball about the size of a baseball.  Then roll immediately into cornflake mixture, coating evenly.  Place on cookie sheet and freeze for several hours. (This should be enough crumb for 4 servings.)

When you are ready to serve dessert, heat about 1/4 inch of vegetable oil in a skillet.  Cut the flour tortilla into eight wedges. (I use a pizza cutter to make quick even pieces.)

Fry the tortilla in hot oil for about 30 seconds per side.  Fry only a few pieces at a time so you don't crowd the pan.  Lay on paper towels and dust with remaining cinnamon sugar while they are hot.

Next it's just assembly.  Place a few tortilla pieces on a plate, put ice cream ball on top, and drizzle with dessert topping and whipped cream. 
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