Fried Ice Cream – An Unusual Treat
Have you ever tried fried ice cream? Many Mexican restaurants serve it. You can also find another variation at some Asian restaurants. They vary a little from each other, but the basics are the same: a scoop of ice cream is rolled in a breading or batter and fried until crisp.
While Mexican fried ice cream is not truly an authentic Mexican dessert, it has become associated with Mexican cuisine. It is a delicious way to end a meal. You can serve it up in a small fried tortilla sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar if you wish, or just put it in a normal chilled dessert bowl. It tastes great either way.
This recipe is usually made with French vanilla ice cream, which is made with eggs. The eggs in the ice cream make it rich and creamy. You could try it with different types of ice cream, too. When you serve the dessert, you can keep it simple and drizzle it with honey, top it with whipped cream or you can go for the gold and cover it with hot chocolate sauce or a caramel sauce. Caramel, otherwise known as dulce de leche, is a favorite in Mexico.
One of the great things about this recipe is you can make the balls ahead of time. Roll them in their breading and freeze them individually for up to two months. You can plan ahead and make a lot if you are having a Cinco de Mayo party or other celebration where you want something really special. Since they keep so well, you can just do a few here and there until you get to the number you need for your party.
Recipe for Mexican Fried Ice Cream
This recipe combines the hot crispness of the crust with the cold creaminess of the ice cream. Yum!
What You Need
- 1/2 gallon French vanilla ice cream, softened
- 3 cups crushed cornflakes
- 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Oil for deep frying
- Honey and whipped topping (optional)
How to Make It
Scoop out 9 round balls using an ice cream scoop. Place them on a baking sheet. Freeze them for at least an hour or until firm.
In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon and cornflake crumbs. Roll the balls in the crumbs and place them back on the baking sheet. Let them freeze overnight. If you wish to store them for future use, wrap each scoop in its own plastic wrap and put it in a freezer bag. They can be stored for up to 2 months.
Heat the oil in a deep fryer or deep skillet to 375 degrees F. Unwrap the pre-made balls. Fry a single scoop at a time for 8 to 10 seconds. Place the fried dessert in a chilled bowl. Drizzle with honey and add a dollop of whipped topping if you wish.
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