I'm sure you are thinking about Cinco de Mayo this very minute. You should be because it's in two days.
We look for any excuse to celebrate. We look for any excuse to celebrate with food. This year I thought
I'd share a recipe for deep fried ice cream. This is definitely one of those desserts that I don't make very often. In fact I rarely make anything that begins with "fried". My motto about dieting is: "if you're going to go down...go BIG"
This would be considered one of my "BIGS". It's fabulous. You'll love it.
You will need a good quality Vanilla ice cream, corn flakes, flaked coconut and cinnamon.
I just happen to find New Simply Cinnamon Corn Flakes. I thought what the heck let's give 'em a try.
You can, of course, use regular corn flakes.
You will need to make 5 scoops of ice cream from a quart size container.
Drop the scoops of ice cream onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
Let me tell you what you don't have time for...PICTURES.
The ice cream melts too fast. Don't worry you will have an opportunity to shape them and make the balls perfect. Place the ice cream into the freezer for at least an hour to firm up the ice cream.
Put the corn flakes in a plastic bag.
Pound the corn flakes with a rolling pin or crush the corn flakes anyway you'd like...just crush them.
Put the crushed corn flakes into a shallow bowl.
Add 1 cup coconut.
Add one tablespoon cinnamon. Set aside.
In shallow bowl add 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon milk.
Mix together with a fork.
Remove the ice cream from the freezer and roll into the corn flake mixture.
This is the time to pack and form them into a ball. Pretend that your are packing a snowball. Pack the corn flake mixture hard around the ice cream.
Place on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
Roll the ice cream balls into the egg mixture.
Then roll into the corn flake mixture again.
Place on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper and return to the freezer for at least an hour. The ice cream needs to be very hard because it will be dropped into hot oil.
Heat oil in a heavy pot to 365 degrees. Drop the ice cream into the hot oil and fry for 20-25 seconds.
Place on paper towels to adsorb the grease. Serve immediately.
I personally love the fried ice cream drizzled with honey.
You can drizzle with whatever...chocolate...caramel....
My preference is honey and fresh strawberries.
Have a happy Cinco de Mayo. Celebrate! Even if it's with chips and salsa.
Fried Ice Cream
1 quart vanilla ice cream, good quality
5 cups corn flakes, crushed
1 cup flaked coconut
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon milk
2 quarts oil for deep frying
Make 5 1/2-cup scoops of ice cream. Place on a pan or baking sheet lined with waxed paper and freeze for at least one hour.
Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl add crushed corn flakes, coconut and cinnamon. Stir together. Set aside. In another shallow bowl, beat egg and milk together, set aside.
Remove ice cream from the freezer and roll and press the corn flake mixture around the ice cream. Like packing a snowball. Then roll the ice cream ball into the egg mixture then back into the corn flake mixture. This will give you a thicker crust. Return to the freezer for at least one hour or until the ice cream is very hard.
Heat oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot until the temperature reaches 365 degrees. Remove the ice cream balls from the freezer and carefully drop into the hot oil. Deep fry for only 20-30 seconds. Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel. Serve immediately with honey and strawberries. Makes 5 servings.
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