Sunday, July 18, 2010

Brownies & Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

You know how a lot of people seem to be in search of the best chocolate chip cookie recipe? For me, it's the best brownie recipe. The Omaha paper had a best brownie contest a few weeks ago. I submitted my favorite recipe. My recipe wasn't chosen but it was fun to enter. When I saw Tiffany of A Spoonful and a Heap had chosen Chocolate (Walnut) Brownies for this week's SMS, I wondered if this one would end up being my new favorite.

The recipe calls for 45 to 50 minutes of baking time. Since my oven tends to run a little hot, I set it for 40 minutes. I didn't check it before the 40 minutes were up. I should have. 40 minutes was too long. Not that these are overdone, they're just not that "ooey gooey" brownie that I love. The flavor was pretty good but I like my "ooey gooey" brownies to be really chocolatey. These didn't have enough chocolate for me. They also tasted a little salty. I think that means when I didn't think I'd put the salt in, I already had :).

In honor of National Ice Cream Day, Suzy at Kitchen Bouquet is having an Ice Cream Social. All week, I've been contemplating what to make. Since these brownies came out a little dry, how about using the not so "ooey gooey" brownies for Ice Cream Sandwiches?

Recently, I've seen a couple of recipes on the blogsphere for Key Lime Pie Ice Cream.
After some searching, I found this Food Network Recipe. As luck would have it, I had all of the ingredients on hand. No trip to the store required, that's a good thing. I omitted the lime zest. My experience with zest in ice cream, is it all seems to gum up in one spot. Also, no graham crackers needed since, I was using this for ice cream sandwiches.

I wish I had planned in advance to make these brownies for ice cream sandwiches. I'd have used a different pan, one where they would have been thinner. I decided to take a chance and cut them in half. I had some casualties, so I have multiple sizes of Ice Cream Sandwiches.

If you like the flavor of key limes, this ice cream is for you. It's very tart but the chocolate sandwiches help balance it out. I can't wait to try Ice Cream Sandwiches again and this time I will plan in advance.




Key Lime Pie Ice Cream
Courtesy of Food Network

1 1/2 cups sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
4 to 6 graham crackers, for garnish
Directions
Mix ingredients together and refrigerate until cold. Pour into ice cream maker and mix for 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to another container and place plastic wrap on ice cream and cover container tightly with a lid. Place in freezer for several hours.

When ready to serve, garnish with graham crackers.

34 comments:

  1. Those look great. Good use for your not so ooey gooey brownies! I used some like that for the base of my Baked Alaska. Nobody will know the difference (unless of course they read your blog!). Thanks for joining me for the Ice Cream Social. I love the variety of different recipes we've gotten.

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  2. I love making ice cream sandwiches. I'm pretty sure I made key lime pie ice cream once and loved it. Your sandwiches look great!

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  3. What a great idea!! I love ice cream sandwiches.

    If you like fudgy brownies, I'll be posting a recipe in August. It is from the BAKED cookbook; authors Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito.

    I bought their Sweet and Salty Brownie (with caramel filling) from their bakery in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY. It was excellent.

    Here's a pic.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bakingismyzen/4801182959/in/set-72157624520577490/

    I'll be posting their Brownie recipe in August. Stay tuned!

    Carmen

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  4. What a fab idea Julie! Your brownie ice cream sandwiches look great and sound delicious.

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  5. OMGoodness! How awesome does these brownie ice cream sandwiches look??!! Key lime ice cream? I am hooked already and dying to try the recipe! Thank you for sharing and what a delightful way to use a brownie that is not as moist as you would have liked.

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  6. Your ice cream sandwiches look fabulous, Julie. Really like your presentation/great photo! This sounds so, so good!
    Beth

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  7. I want some! Looks like a great combination!

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  8. These are such heavenly treats! I don't think I ever had lime with chocolate - would really love one of these right now!

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  9. These look heavenly. What a fantastic combination. I am with you on gooey chocolate.

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  10. These look wonderful! I've never had the combo of lime and chocolate either but the sweet and tart really sounds good to me tonight. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. What a great combo! I love key lime, and love brownies. Sweet and Tart! perfect together!

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  12. I love anything Key Lime...especially when it's a bit tart. My son (Wine Guy) has developed a Key Lime pie recipe using key lime liqueur. Mmmmm....

    Thanks for visiting Artfully Graced. Hope you like the fudge sauce. It is really good!
    Jane

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  13. I love anything with key limes. These sandwiches look so fun. Just the thing for the party I'm having on July 24th.

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  14. So nice to meet you at the ice cream social! I just made key lime pie ice cream this week and still have some left. I would never have thought of putting it in an ice cream sandwich, but I love key lime chocolates, so it is the same isn't it. I am going to try this.

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  15. I can't imagine picking a favorite brownie recipe. Sometimes I'm in the mood for ooey-gooey, and sometimes I'm in the mood for a more cake-like brownie.

    Great idea making these "drier" ones into ice cream sandwiches!

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  16. What a great combo of sweet and tart! I love key lime anything!

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  17. Fantastic solution for brownie usage! I've been dreaming about ice cream sandwiches...

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  18. We are having a beach party at work this week - I think I will be bringing in Key Lime Ice Cream sandwiches...what a treat!
    dana

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  19. Hi neighbor (state wise) Great combination - wish I had seen your recipe before I ate all my key lime yogurt..would have made a great sandwich! Next time! I love the tartness of the key lime also, nice change up from all the sweet.

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  20. I love the combination of tart limes and chocolate! Ice cream sandwiches are a fun summer dessert.

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  21. Hmmm...what a concept...brownies and ice cream. Maybe not key lime ice cream for me, but the possibilities are endless!

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  22. ...your ice cream sandwich is like having two desserts in one and are so fun to eat...

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  23. Ahhh, blood sugar woes! I'm eating this with my eyes and it is delightful and refreshing. My family would really enjoy this. If I just make it for my guy, I share the rest with neighbors and so everyone is happy...a win-win! Thanks Julie...you are a talent!

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  24. Key Lime Pie is one thing I learned to make when I moved to Florida! We all love it. What a super idea to make it in ice cream form and then to top it off by sandwiching it with chocolate!!

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  25. I love the idea of using brownies for ice cream sandwiches. Your picture looks divine!

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  26. Look at that party on that plate. What a lovely combination you have here!

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  27. Oh, yes, this does sound good! I like "ooey gooey" brownies too :)

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  28. The ice cream sandwich looks super-yummy! I added extra chocolate and reduced the baking time on the brownies (I feel like a lot of the recipes in the SM book have very long baking times) and they turned out good.

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  29. I love your idea for ice cream sandwiches. These sound like the perfect relief for the heat we've been having!

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  30. wow. Making it into a brownie sandwich - smart!

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