Ice Cream Sandwiches to Melt Your Heart.. and a cherry on top!
“I want to do to you what spring does to cherry trees..”
I don’t know if my ice cream sandwiches will make you blossom, but they sure make me feel like every day is spring time!
We’ve all got foods that we miss since going gluten free. I bet there are a few Aussies out there who can still taste the dark chocolate and cherry combo on their lips… Cherry Ripe is unfortunately not on the safe list for coeliacs, and thus lost for ever.
For those of you who happen to know nothing about this Aussie staple, Cherry Ripe is a Cadbury chocolate bar that has made its way into Australian homes and hearts through the last 90 (!) years. It is the oldest chocolate bar in Australia, and the most sold. No wonder then, that my Aussie better half no doubt would sacrifice his villi over his C’Ripe. Good thing I’m the coeliac.
I may only be a recent addition to the Aussie ranks, but never the less, Cherry Ripe is a solid part of my adopted heritage and I feel the loss! However, as many a coeliac can vouch for, where there is a will there is a way, and I have found a cure for this Cherry Ripe paucity. If you miss your favorite chocolate bar, or if you just love cherries, chocolate and ice cream (who doesn’t?!), go ahead and whip up these gorgeous Cherry Ripe Ice Cream Sandwiches! Totally gluten free!
I have made one recipe option for the do-it-myself champions, and another option for the work-smart-not-hard ice cream lovers out there. FYI nobody’s watching and they’re gonna love you for it either way, so no judgement 😉
Listed as easiest option #1 and so on
Part one – The Cookie
1) Buy some yummy, chewy gluten free dark chocolate cookies
2) Bake some even better yummy, chewy cookies using this recipe. You can substitute the combined flours for your own ready gf flour-mix for an even easier version.
I like to bake one giant ‘cookie’ by spreading the batter evenly on a lined baking tray. This reduces the waste (not that there’s really any waste.. it sure gets eaten) from when you start cutting the shapes for the sandwiches. Alternatively you can make cookies in the right size and shape for your sandwiches, especially if you don’t have an ice cream sandwich maker. You can also cut shapes with cookie cutters.
Cut your shapes before the cookie cools down completely, but not straight out of the oven. It is imperative that you freeze the shapes you’ve cut before you start assembling your ice cream sandwiches, or else the ice cream will melt!
My fiancée got me some really awesome ice cream sandwich makers for my birthday, but unfortunately I don’t know where from. Here’s a picture anyway:
Part two – The Ice Cream
1) Buy Cherry Ripe Ice Cream (yes, it’s gluten free! -but always check the label for changes)
2) Buy vanilla ice cream and transform it into cherry ripe with the recipe below
3) Make vanilla ice cream following these easy recipes:
Cherry Ripe filling – The Magic!
- 1/4 cup brandy (can be swapped for brandy essence or left out for kids)
- 100g dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup glazed cherries, chopped
- 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup chopped frozen or fresh cherries (optional)
Mix the ingredients well and pour into ice cream maker half way through – or mix into softened store-bought vanilla ice cream before placing back into freezer.
If you are using an ice cream maker you will need to place the ice cream in the freezer to harden before you can start making the sandwiches.
Take your ready cut cookies out of the freezer along with your Cherry Ripe ice cream mix and assemble into yummy little sandwiches. If you have an ice cream sandwich maker then place one cookie into the mold, fill up with desired amount of ice cream and add the second cookie, before you face the sandwich maker down on a firm surface and push the ingredients out.
The sandwiches might need a quick re-freeze to firm up before you serve them.
You can now fill your freezer with yummy Cherry Ripe ice cream treats to be enjoyed any time!
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