Culinary Content: Ice Cream and Other Cold Treats

This week in Culinary Content our theme is ice cream and other cold treats. My husband and I just inherited an ice cream maker from a friend who was moving, so we have been researching good ice cream recipes. Here are some of the ones that caught our eyes, featuring: Orange-Chilli-Ricotta Frozen Yogurt, Old-Fashioned Cocoa Ice Cream, Toasted Coconut Ice Cream, Strawberry Ice Cream with Cacao Nibs, Chocolate-Covered Mint Ice Cream Terrine, Blackberry Ice Cream and Filipino Banana Split with Banana Fritters.

Recipes:

Orange-Chilli-Ricotta Frozen Yogurt from Jaden's Steamy Kitchen. Wow, let's just start this column off with a bang, shall we? Though chilli is a tad unconventional in ice cream, I imagine it provides a wonderful contrast of heat and cold, and I'm sure that the chilli is the perfect complement to the orange zest. All of that in the thick and creamy base of a dessert made with greek-style yogurt and ricotta cheese.

Old-Fashioned Cocoa Ice Cream from Apartment Therapy . I have been a life-long lover of dark chocolate, and this recipe had me swooning--dark chocolate cocoa with shaved dark chocolate flakes. The photograph alone drew me in.

Toasted Coconut Ice Cream from Married ...with Dinner. I love coconut, and this recipe explains some tricks to make a really strong ice cream that is truly infused with the coconut flavor.

Strawberry Ice Cream with Cacao Nibs also from Apartment Therapy. What is not to like about strawberries and the intense chocolate of cacao nibs? This recipe also explains some tricks for how to use strawberries in ice cream while preventing the strawberries from freezing into hard icy chunks, as they tend to do.

Chocolate-Covered Mint Ice Cream Terrine over at Epicurious. This recipe uses real fresh mint leaves for the ice cream and then shows you how to make a delicious dark chocolate coating to finish them off. Mint and chocolate are notoriously good together, and the fresh, basic ingredients that this recipe uses are sure to produce a winning final product.

Blackberry Ice Cream from On S'amuse. This is an extremely simple recipe, just as it should be, because the blackberries should do all of the work for you. The blackberries that grow out back of our house did horribly this year, thanks to the late freeze and the drought, but hopefully I'll get a chance to try out this recipe next year.

Filipino Banana Split with Banana Fritters from No Special Effects. I've never been a huge fan of banana splits because the cold ice cream makes the banana under it somewhat frozen and hard to eat, but this dessert looks like the perfect solution for me. Cold ice cream over warm banana fritter. Delicious.

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