Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches with Raspberry Swirl


Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches with Raspberry Swirl
adapted from Gourmet Magazine, August 2009

For Lemon Ice Cream
2 pints good quality vanilla ice cream (store bought or homemade)
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons Limoncello

For raspberry compote
2 cups raspberries (10 ounces)
1/4 cup sugar
2 (3- by 21/2-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
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 (8-inch) square baking pans (2 inches deep)
Small offset spatula

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 Note, below).
Stir in lemon zest, juice and Limoncello. Spread ice cream thinly in a 13- by 9-inch baking dish and freeze while making compote and sandwich layers.
Make raspberry compote:
Cook blueberries, sugar, and zest in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat, thoroughly crushing raspberries with a potato masher, until juices are released and sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes.
Stir together lemon juice and cornstarch, then stir into raspberry mixture. Boil, stirring, 1 minute until mixture thickens.
Transfer compote to a bowl and chill until cold, about 1 hour.  Discard lemon zest.

Make sandwich layers:
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.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger 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.
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.

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.
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.
Transfer sandwich to a cutting board using overhang. Trim edges if desired, then cut into 8 pieces.
If you don’t have a microwave, ice cream can be softened at room temperature.
Ice cream sandwiches (before cutting) can be made 1 week ahead and frozen in pan, wrapped in plastic wrap and then in foil.
Makes 8 ice cream sandwiches.

Weekend Love! - Part 2

We don't do to much outside of the house.  We're just homebodies.  My husbands friends consist mainly of a few of his co-workers.  My friends are a few people that I've known for years.

Recently we got a call that an old friend of ours was moving back to Kentucky after being in Florida for about 14 years.  He said that his area of Florida was just not a good place to raise his children.  Too many bad people doing bad things.  Neither of his children had ever been out of Florida.  We visited them back in 2003.  It was a brief visit as we were just stopping by on our way home from visiting my family.

They've been here for a couple of weeks now.  We've been able to hang out a couple of times.  My husband is so happy to have an old friend back.  He wouldn't admit to it, but he is.  On Sunday, we went to Barren River Lake to do a little fishing and hanging out.  It was a blast... even if they only caught 2 catfish.

The hubs and I cheesing.

Neil taking it easy.

Anthony showing me his minnow.

Kaia-Papaya showing me hers.

Pretending to eat it...

Ugh... that's just gross....  =)

The hubs, Neil-age, and Mark

I call them... Bevis and Butthead

I swear that this chair was trying to kill me.

Jo, Mark's wifey, and I plus Anthony attempting to hide behind a plastic snake.

Beautiful sunset on the lake.

Weekend Love! - Part 1

While watching the midday news on Friday I realized that there was going to be a B-17 Flying Fortress in Bowling Green for their annual Hanger Party.  This appealed to both my love of airplanes and history.  They were even giving 30 minute rides.  However, they were charging $425 per person to do so.  I went to the airport anyway.  Hoping that I'd be able to take photos and possibly be able to get some of the inside too.

I got so much more!  It was on a flight when we arrived so I got to see her fly over, land, and then take off again.  I wish that I had had a camcorder, but the photos will just have to do.

RAW(e) - Pets & Animals

I was actually sitting outside in the blazing sun waiting for a butterfly. I've noticed that lately every time I go out the back door there is a butterfly on those flowers. I always say to myself that I need to go back in and grab the camera, but I never do.

The butterfly never came, but after waiting patiently and being super, super still I got several shots of this hummingbird instead!

Itching to Go

So I'm kind of in a rut this week.

My mind has been in a thousand different places and not a single one of them have been here.

We need a vacation.  We need to get away.  The husband's vacation time doesn't start until July 1st and I am watching the calendar like a hawk.  Pretty soon it will be hours I'm counting and not days.

But...  my original plan is squashed because of a little oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.  The relatively short drive to the Gulf coast was the biggest incentive to travel those 9 hours to the beautiful sandy beaches.  That's out.

A fellow blogger made an impromptu trip to see Mount Rushmore.  The idea flooded my head!  What a wonderful idea!  What a great way to see the country and see history!  I did a little research and things were looking promising until I calculated the fuel cost.  Ugh... why can't gas still be 98 cents a gallon like it was when I was a teenager.  It's 1,271 miles... one way.  That's out.  (For this year anyway...)

The current short list includes Washington DC and Niagara Falls.

-Niagara Falls is only 668 miles!  That's a plus and most activities are under $15 per person.

-D.C. is about 660 miles.  Researching the area I've found a nice little campground in Maryland only about an hour from the city.  Biggest plus for this area is nearly everything is free!

Sitting around this house is about the most boring way to spend a Summer vacation.  I'm getting cabin fever and I'm sure the kids are too!  So I'm looking for tips and tricks for visiting these two places!  If anyone has any, please spill the goods!

Post It Note Tuesday

Book Review {Lead Like Ike by Geoff Loftus}

Lead Like Ike - 10 Business Strategies from the CEO of D-Day
I love reading about history.  That is what drew me to this book.  I enjoyed learning how Eisenhower used business strategies on the battlefield.  I thought even though I do not run a business President Eisenhower’s leadership could be an asset to my everyday life.
I was definitely pleased once I began reading.  I liked how Loftus labeled the major players in the monumental day that was to be known as D-Day, from the “board of directors” (Roosevelt, Churchhill, Stalin and the chiefs of staff) to the “stakeholders” (soldiers, sailors, etc.).  This gave me a better perspective of the business side of this huge undertaking.  I don’t think many people understand the complexity of such a maneuver.  I had no idea all of the little “business deals” that took place leading up to the invasion of Normandy.
The highlighted tips and strategies were a huge plus with this book.  Very informative and helpful appendix’s were a plus as well.  I now have a better understanding and respect for what goes into undertaking such a large movement of troops, personnel, and supplies.  I highly recommend this book for anyone interesting in a better understanding of running a business from a strategic military perspective or visa versa.

**Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy.

Wordless Wednesday

iLove Tuesday Tunes [Jace Everett - Bad Things]

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Catching Some Zzzzz's

Rip Van Winkle must have visited my house this weekend.  That is the only explanation I can come up with.

Now the husband got the rare opportunity to go into work a couple of hours early on both Friday and Saturday for overtime and they offered overtime on Sunday.  That never, ever happens because Sunday overtime means double time on the paycheck.  The only hiccup was that working on Sunday meant that he would have to work 2nd shift (off at 10:35pm) then come home and go back to work on Monday morning (at 6:35am).  This explains why he would need extra sleep.

Ever since the screaming mimi's got out of school for their Summer break, we've enjoyed sleeping in.  Usually until 8:30 or 9am at the latest.  Saturday night we stayed up just a little late and all crashed out around 11pm.  I woke up on Sunday morning just after 6am.  Freaking out... I jumped out of bed, shook the husband and said, "You're going to be late!  You're going to be late!"  Only after he had gotten fully dressed and was about to walk out the door did it dawn on me that he was supposed to work 2nd shift, not his regular 1st.  Oops... Back to bed we go.

Fast forward to 11:57am.  The husband gently shakes me awake.  He says, "I think we should get out of bed now.  It's noon."  WHAT?!?!  He can't possibly be serious.  Yet he was.  I checked on the kids.  They were still fast asleep.  No sign of even thinking of waking up anytime soon.  When I did wake them up to tell their dad bye, you'd have thought I was asking them to get out of bed at 4am!  Until I told them that it was already the afternoon.

We went to bed early last night.  In bed by 9:30pm, asleep by 10pm.  After all that sleeping we did and still we were all conked out by 10 o'clock.

And that's the story of my weekend.... boring, yet intriguing, no?

P.S. I know I've changed the layout... AGAIN, but I thought it was about time for something a little simpler.  I like it.  And like always, fully intend on keeping it as long as I can resist being distracted by shiny things...

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WW - Panama City Beach 2008

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I thought I'd switch it up on Tuesday's from now on.  Sometimes you'll get some Post-It's and sometimes you'll get some Tunes!  This week I'm going with some tune-age!  Enjoy!