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July is National Ice Cream Month! I shared my love of ice cream and all things frozen by hosting a blogging event: Ice Cream, You Scream in 2008. I received entries from as far away as Serbia and as close to home as my very own kitchen.

This year, there won't be an extravaganza of ice cream displays, but I will post a frozen treat or two to NikSnacks for you all to enjoy during the month of July.

White Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Sandwich

*I promise, if I ever open a restaurant, I will sell these. They are that delicious. I used as much restraint as possible to not eat all of them at one sitting.

White chocolate chip cookies
1.5 cups cake flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
1 egg
1 Tbsp milk
1 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
Sprinkle work space with flour. Remove dough from refrigerator, sprinkle rolling pin with flour, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Cut into desired shapes, place at least 1 inch apart on a greased baking tray, parchment paper or Silpat and bake for 7 to 9 minutes. Let cool completely before moving. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

2 cups half-and-half
1 cup heavy cream
5 egg yolks
2 cups caster sugar (or Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups frozen raspberries, crushed
2 oz. Chambord (or other raspberry/framboise liquor)
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Place the half-and-half and the heavy cream into a saucepan, over medium heat. Bring the mixture just to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and remove from the heat.
Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl whisk the egg yolks until they are well-blended. Gradually add the caster sugar and whisk to combine. Temper the cream mixture into the eggs and sugar (which means slowly and gradually pour a portion of the hot milk into the eggs to raise the temperature of the eggs without cooking them) by gradually adding small amounts, until about a third of the cream mixture has been added. Pour the entire tempered mixture back into the saucepan and place over low heat. Continue to cook, stirring frequently (using a heat-safe spatula and continuously scraping the bottom of the sauce pan will ensure you don't have cooked egg floating in your soon-to-be ice cream), until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a spoon.
*If you do have cooked egg in your mixture, simply use a fine-mesh strainer and remove the egg bits.
Pour the mixture into a container and stir in the vanilla extract. Place the mixture into the refrigerator until cool, stirring occasionally, to help the cooling process.
Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's directions. 15-20 minutes into the churning process, add the raspberries, Chambord and white chocolate chips, while the machine is running. The entire freezing process should take approximately 25 to 35 minutes. Serve as is for soft serve or freeze for another 3 to 4 hours to allow the ice cream to harden.

A melting ice cream sandwich.

I won't patronize you & show/tell how to put together an ice cream sandwich. If you do need help, you can always email me at nicolettemiller{at}hotmailDOTcom.

Next: The difference between ice cream, sorbet, gelato & sherbets

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Nikki Miller-Ka

Nikki Miller-Ka

Ms. Miller-Ka is a classically trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami.

Formerly, she’s worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger for various publications and outlets in the Southeast. She has also worked as a catering chef, a pastry chef, a butcher, a baker, and a biscuit-maker. Presently, she is a food editor, freelance food writer, and a tour guide for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.

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  1. I really think that every month should be National Ice Cream Month - yes even December!

  2. Great idea for a dessert menu! I really like white chocolate in a cookie (macadamia of course) and raspberry... good game :)

    So this restaurant... any chance it could be closer to Raleigh...

  3. Maris: I think so, too.

    Adam: Thanks! Yeah, I have to lay off the macadamia...don't want to die or anything like that. And this restaurant, it could totally be close to Raleigh. And if that doesn't work out, I'll be like the Lobster Gram people and ship food all over the U.S. overnight.

  4. You could package those up, and we'd buy them. The ice cream alone is enough reason. They look pretty awesome.

  5. Great job Nikki. I love, love, love ice cream. It just doesn't like me. Lactose intolerant. But I will eat sherbet. I'm dying to try an espresso gelato recipe I found. Hope it's as good as yours. :)

  6. My favorite month of the year! It figures that my birthday would fall in National Ice Cream Month.

  7. These look great! Certainly a great contribution to Ice Cream month! I love the white chocolate and the raspberries, awesome combo!

  8. I don't think I would have that kind of restraint - they look too good not to eat all in one sitting!

  9. A great combination. Ice cream is a plus with any cookie.


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