This morning I scrambled Cadbury Eggs......well at least the one that was left after I decided to pound down the others I had while watching TV last night. Why scramble them? Because frying them would be disgusting.
To me Easter was kind of a beat holiday, food-wise. I was never a huge meat eater, unless it was in the pasta sauce that week. So a beautiful table filled with ham, and lamb, and eggs, and an Italian savory pie made with ham, sausage, eggs and cheeses......and over buttered vegetables for nutrition.....was not really my thing. Then "dessert" was supposed to be our candy dots on paper, jelly beans, or some anisette cookies that required a healthy dunk into some type of beverage to even soften enough to not break a tooth.
So in the interest of keeping with Easter spirit we are also going to make the presentation on this equally as amazing as the actual taste!
Brandy Malt Ice Cream with a Cadbury Creme Swirl
A TISKET, A TASKET PUT THESE IN YOUR BASKET :
- brandy- It's a fine booze. What a good ice cream it will be.
- 4 Cadbury Creme Eggs- 2 for your face and 2 for the ice cream. Or be like me and keep buying 4 and eating 3 in a sitting. I may or may not have ingested a dozen this way.
- malted Easter eggs or just plain malt balls- I personally hate malt flavor. I actually used to think that malt balls and moth balls were the same things. Good thing I never tested that theory.......BUT when combined with everything else in this recipe it totally works. (Well malt balls do...NOT moth balls.) Trust me. As I tell Player 2 when he acts all extra surprised that he likes something he first tries that I like to cook.......I'm like..... "Yeah Buddy, I like to eat.......and I don't eat garbage." I know. My ego is out of control.
- toasted coconut
- food coloring and a ziplock baggie- Totally optional. I try to limit my dye consumption. I feel I really maxed out my allowance during my Manic Panic midnight blue hair/bleached blonde goddess days. Also turns out I'm severely allergic to all hair dyes and am doomed to age "gracefully". Well played, Universe.
- cones- The plain kind with the edge works best for the decorating.
- icing or frosting- Buy it or make it. A quick couple of tablespoons mixed with water and food coloring and you're in business. We are basically making edible adhesive anyway. Finally paste.....you can eat!
- custard mix- This is the lazy part where I make you click this sentence to find the recipe for custard. Don't forget to grab the 4 eggs, 2 1/2 cups of heavy cream, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of sugar, and vanilla.....be it bean or drops for said custard.
- Work smarter not harder! Start by making the custard mix so it can be chilling in the fridge while your becoming the next top food artist of the WORLD.
- Reduce 1 cup of brandy to 2/3 of a cup of brandy. I recommend doing this in a saucepan but if you know magic or have the ability to drink a perfect 1/3 cup shot then by all means, dazzle your loved ones! Assuming you used the good ol' fashioned stove......allow to cool before you put in the fridge next to the custard.
- SO MUCH PREP WORK. But if we are getting all food crafty with the cones, it's going to take a bit of work.
malted eggs/balls- 1/2 cup crushed and a few for garnish
toasted coconut- If you're dying it then put it in the ziplock baggie and add 3 drops of yellow to 1 drop of green. Close the bag and smooth it around until it's all green and shake onto a paper towel to dry. Once dry put on a plate or piece of parchment in a pile.
icing- In a shallow bowl. Feel free to dye or buy this artificially green too. You know....for Spring.....and nature.
Put all of this to the side.
- Whisk your brandy reduction and custard together and pour into your ice cream machine. If you don't have one........well......where did you think this recipe was going? Turn it on and set a timer for 10 minutes. You now have 9 minutes to perfect juggling 4 Cadbury Creme Eggs! Unless you followed this recipe "to a tee"......ate three last night.......and have only one left. Then 9 minutes might be a bit excessive. Instead you can crack the candy eggs into a bowl (Use the bowl you used for custard! Why you dirtying up all my dishes?) Using a fork or whisk break up the candy eggs. Right before the you turn off the machine add your 1/2 cup of crushed malted eggs/balls and the candy eggs. Let it al mix for a couple of rotations and stop the machine.
- Scrape this creamy concoction of frozen Easter into a freezer safe container, top with plastic wrap and pop on a lid before putting in the freezer overnight. Brandy is a fine girl, but she's also kind of a boozy broad. She's going to need more time to set than your average liquor. Besides Easter morning is for Bloody Mary's not cooking.
- The day you want to serve these, just dip the rims of the cones into the icing, then the coconut.....creating a little nest of sorts. Add your ice cream scoops. Top with a couple of malted Easter eggs for a finishing touch......that I personally would immediately remove.
Offer these babies after that dinner of 47 meats and watch everybody jump with joy. And by jump I mean lumber over, pretend they couldn't possibly eat one more bite, and then declare that they could actually still go for a little something sweet. And you'll encourage them....because it's only going to slow them down during the softball game, anyway.
Makes enough for 3-4 people, technically.
Makes enough for 2 people, realistically.
Makes enough for me, but I'm going for most RBI's this year.