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TIP OF THE DAY: Easy Summer Ice Cream Desserts

“Summertime is about simplicity,” says TV chef and “Chopped” judge Alex Guarnaschelli, as she shared these summer dessert ideas with us (originally published in The Daily Meal).

  • Ice Cream: Buy lemon verbena or five varieties of mint, mash the leaves and stir them into ice cream. EDITOR’S NOTE: We also use basil. Purée the leaves of the herb and blend 1/4 cup of purée into a pint of softened vanilla ice cream. If you want a more intense flavor, add more purée.
  • Ice Cream Or Sorbet Pie: Ice cream pie is the new ice cream cake, says Guarnaschelli. Fill a pie shell with raspberry sorbet, pack it down and top it with a “sauce” of warmed raspberry jam. EDITOR’S NOTE #1: Warm the jam in the microwave and drizzle or spread with a spatula. You don’t want the jam hot, or it will melt the sorbet. EDITOR’S NOTE #2: A garnish of fresh rasperries—or sliced strawberries with strawberry ice cream, blueberries with blueberry ice cream, peaches with peach ice cream, etc.—make this dessert even more festive.
  • Wild Card: Guarnaschelli sautés small cherry tomatoes (or grape tomatoes) and tops with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a squeeze of lemon juice. Or, take cinnamon ice cream (you can blend cinnamon into vanilla) and top with brown sugar, honey and a squeeze of lemon or orange juice.

    A strawberry ice cream pie, topped with sugar-dipped strawberries. Photo courtesy Miki’s Recipes. Get the recipe.


    “All of a sudden,” says Guarnaschelli, “you’ve created this whole new universe, and yet it’s so easy.”

    Here’s another recipe for a Strawberry Daiquiri Cocktail Pie from Miki’s Recipes.


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