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Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream, chocolate puffed cereal and semi-sweet chocolate. I’m sold! And those are actually all three ingredients in this amazing little cake. I found the recipe, but to tell you the truth, it was made with Nutella. You have to cover rice puffed cereal with melted Nutella, spread it in a cookie sheet, let it freeze and finally break it down into little pieces to mix with the ice cream. You can check out the link on the recipe below if you want to try that procedure. I didn’t want to go through all that trouble, when I could use our local Choco Krispies cereal, and also, to me it seemed like using Nutella would make it extremely sweet. You can do the same if you can find chocolate rice puffed cereal in the country you live in, or any other chocolate cereal you want to try to mix in there should work fine.

Make sure the ice cream is not melted, but just soft, and mix it quickly with the cereal. I used two little 6-inch springform cake pans, but you can use a regular sized springform pan to make just one cake. I mixed half of the cereal with half of the ice cream to fill out one pan, and then repeated the procedure to fill in the second one. I swear it took me about 15 minutes to prepare the mixture and fill both pans.  Place the pans in the freezer while you melt your semi sweet-chocolate bar and mix it up with the remaining cereal (about 2 cups) spread it on top of your cake(s) and that’s it.You do need to freeze them for a good 4 hours to get them really frozen before serving.

Can I try a healthier version? Yes. Will I?  Maybe. I could use my little 6-inch cake pan to try to make one with yogurt and granola or muesli, maybe top it off with some caramelized granola. We’ll see.

Helga

Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream Cake

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Banana Ice Cream

Banana ice cream? Why not? – I thought. It looked simple enough, and it was! This is a one ingredient recipe, you only need to get yourself a few bananas, let them ripen but not to the point where they get too many dark spots on the peel. I am particular about bananas, I don’t like the taste they get when they are a little too ripe.  Freeze the bananas, cut them into chunks and put them in the food processor. Processing them when they are frozen yields a surprisingly creamy texture, it really does take like there’s cream or milk in there.

This is a great dessert for anyone, even babies can have this!  It’s nothing but frozen bananas, which is a very good alternative if you’re trying to keep away from sugary sweets… but have a sweet tooth! (Don’t we all)

Now that I have tested the basic banana recipe, I am of course going to play around with it and try different alternatives such as peanut butter-banana ice cream (add 3 tablespoons and a little cinnamon),  strawberry-banana ice cream, chocolate-banana… and let’s see what else I come up with.

Helga

Banana Ice Cream
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Plantain “Rellenitos”

Rellenitos de Plátano are a staple in our local cooking. They are made out of mashed cooked plantains, stuffed with sweetened refried beans. They are shaped into ovals or balls, fried, and then sprinkled with sugar and sometimes drizzled with cream. This is one of the ways we enjoy plantains in Guatemala and since they are easy and inexpensive to make, it is quite common to find them at markets, parks, fairs, restaurants and our grandmother’s kitchens.

As with all local dishes, there are a few variations when it comes to adding ingredients to the sweetened refried bean mixture. Since this is our independence month, I wanted to try making rellenitos myself so we could share the recipe with all of you and add it to our Guatemalan Recipes Collection. I also wanted to try the variation of adding unsweetened cocoa to the bean mixture, I think it would give it more depth of flavor.  If I had made these for myself, I would have added some cayenne pepper to the bean mixture too, if you like food with a little kick… by all means try adding a couple of pinches of cayenne pepper.  Be careful, this stuff can be very hot!

Helga

Rellenitos de Platano

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