Sunday, February 6, 2011

#11 - Super Bowl Sundae

When we got married, we registered for an ice cream maker KitchenAid attachment. We've used it a lot, and we know that it takes eight egg yolks to whip up a good batch of ice cream. So when we made the Pavlova a few days ago, and our double recipe called for eight egg whites, we knew we were in business.

And since tonight's Super Bowl Sunday, we thought it would only be appropriate to turn our ice cream into a Super Bowl Sundae.

Super Bowl Sundae

A Hungry Hundred Original Recipe
Since we invented this recipe, the picture below of our mise en place is a little mise-d up. We ended up using canned whipped cream instead of homemade, and we didn't use any caramel sauce.
We like making our own ice cream from scratch (and a lot of people ask us to bring some for special occasions), but if you don't have an ice cream maker, you can still make this sundae with store bought peanut butter cup ice cream.
Or if you want to be adventurous, you could do a hybrid, by starting with store bought vanilla ice cream, and adding in the extra stuff that what we put in along the way. Kinda like Sandra Lee, but without the tablescape.
To turn vanilla ice cream into peanut butter cup ice cream, we added chopped peanuts and Reeses' Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures. Then we swirled in some chocolate sauce and homemade peanut butter sauce.

From our experience swirling things in our Snickers ice cream in the past, we've learned that pouring sauces in all at once and stirring usually leads to a big mess. The heavy sauces sink to the bottom, and if you stir it too much, everything get all mixed and you can't pick out individual flavors. So we learned that it works better if you layer the ice cream and sauces and try not to stir too much.
This sundae was absurd. It was really tasty, and the peanut butter-chocolate combination was delicious. The ice cream and whipped cream were the perfect balance to the gooey-ness of the brownie, and the whole thing was ... a touchdown.

It was the perfect ending to our dinner of chicken nachos, pigs in a blanket, and mini quiches served on a wonderful Packers tablescape.
Here are all the recipes you need.

Homemade Peanut Butter Sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  1. Mix together the sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Boil the mixture for one minute, and remove from heat.
  3. Stir in the peanut butter until melted and well blended.

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
  • 2 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Homemade peanut butter sauce (from above)
  • Chocolate Sauce
  • Handful of cocktail peanuts, chopped
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures, quartered
  1. In a medium pan, heat the half-and-half over medium heat until very hot but not boiling, stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar for 30 seconds (on Speed 2 of your KitchenAid).
  3. Gradually add half-and-half while continuing mixing.
  4. Return the mixture to medium heat until very hot and steaming, constantly stirring. Do not boil.
  5. Remove from heat and transfer mixture into a large bowl and stir in whipping cream, vanilla, and salt.
  6. Cover bowl and chill for at least 8 hours.
  7. Prepare your ice cream maker for use.
  8. Pour chilled mixture into your ice cream maker and stir for 15 minutes (on Speed 1 of your KitchenAid).
  9. While still mixing, add in chopped peanuts and Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures, and stir for an additional 5 minutes or until the ice cream is thickened.
  10. Pour ice cream into a freezer safe air-tight container, and freeze for 1 hour.
  11. Remove ice cream from freezer, and add the chocolate sauce and homemade peanut butter sauce, swirling to lightly combine.
  12. Return ice cream to freezer for several hours before serving.

Super Bowl Sundae
  • 1 package of brownie mix (and additional ingredients according to box)
  • Peanut butter cup ice cream (from above)
  • Homemade peanut butter sauce (from above)
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Whipped cream
  • Reese's Pieces
  1. Bake brownies according to the instructions on the package.
  2. Starting with a brownie as the base, top with one scoop of peanut butter cup ice cream.
  3. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and homemade peanut butter sauce.
  4. Top with whipped cream and Reese's Pieces.

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