Caramel Ice Cream Sundaes with Almond Crumble

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So today I am sharing one of my favourite recipes. This is a take on a classic summertime dessert at my house growing up - though back then it was more of an ice cream square than a sundae. We called it Butter Brickle (I have no idea why) and it is still to this day one of my greatest food memories. The caramel, ice cream and crunchy almond crumble make for the perfect summertime combination.

So, while I do really love this in square form I felt like this was begging to be made into a sundae. It gives you the option to whip this up way in advance - I mean weeks if you need too, and throw it on a buffet table in a big bowl of ice and allow your guests to serve themselves. I mean seriously, if you are in charge of dessert at a group picnic and you show up with these you will be the star of the show!

For me I love to use mason jars, you know the ones that you would be gifted jam in. But, if you don’t have mason jars you could serve this in just about anything. The one great thing about the mason jar is that it seals nice and tight which allows you to keep them even longer. Imagine having a nice little supply of pre-made ice cream sundaes in your freezer for any time you want a little treat - you can’t get much better than that!

So I highly recommend that you run, don’t walk to your kitchen and whip these up. I promise you will thank me!

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prep time 20 minutes

cook time 15 minutes

total time 35 minutes

servings 12

Ingredients

1 cups flour

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sliced almonds

2 - 10 oz jar caramel

2 quarts vanilla ice cream

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400. In a medium bowl combine flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, melted butter and sliced almonds. Stir until fully combined then press onto a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven and use a spatula to crumble while still warm. Set aside and allow to cool.

While the crumble is cooling remove ice cream from the freezer to allow it to warm slightly.

Divide crumble into 3 parts then take the first third and divide it between 12 small mason jars. Drizzle with 2 tsp of caramel then 2 small scoops of ice cream. Repeat with the crumble and ice cream layers then top with crumble and a small drizzle of caramel. Place lid on each jar and store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

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Lime Meltaways with Zesty Glaze

These melt in your mouth cookies are the perfect little treat with the tart lime glaze and softness of shortbread-like cookies they are a great afternoon treat!

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So, if you haven't already figured it out already, I love citrus! When I was younger if you offered anything lemon or lime flavoured I would have passed without hesitation, but now, if there's a lemon flavoured dessert on any menu, it's the only thing I choose.

For some reason, I also feel less guilty about eating something that has more of a fresh flavour like citrus; it just feels healthier. I know this isn’t true, but it sure is something I like to tell myself.

Now there are a couple of rules that you absolutely must follow:

1. Be sure that you allow your cookie dough to cool for a minimum of 1 hour before you cook them.

2. Be sure to cool before you put on the cooling rack or your cookies will fall apart.

3. Do not put chilled cookie dough onto a hot cookie sheet. Doing so will cause the cookies to melt before they bake.

Now, follow these easy steps you will have the most delicious refreshing cookies you will ever taste.

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prep time 10 minutes + 1 hour to chill

cook time 13 minutes

total time 1 hour 23 minutes

servings 20 - 24 cookies

Ingredients

14 tbsp butter softened

1/2 cup icing sugar

zest of 2 lime

juice of 1 lime

1 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup corn starch

1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

In the bowl of your stand mixer whip the softened butter until light and fluffy. Add in the icing sugar, lime zest + lime juice and beat until fully combined.

In a small bowl combine flour, corn starch + salt. Add flour mixture to the butter and stir until just combined. Cover with Saran Wrap and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour to chill.

Preheat oven to 350. Form cooled dough into 3/4 inch balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Press each cookie down slightly then bake for 13 minutes or until very lightly browned. Allow to cool before transferring to a cooling rack.

*If you are going to use the same baking sheet for the second batch of cookies be sure to allow your tray to fully cool before putting cold cookie dough on the tray.

Zesty Glaze

1 cup icing sugar

juice of 2 limes

zest of 1 lime

Instructions

In a small bowl combine icing sugar and lime zest. Stir until well combined then add in the juice of the limes and stir well. If the glaze is too thin add additional icing sugar to thicken.

Allow cookies to cool completely before drizzling with the glaze.

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