Sunday, June 29, 2014

Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Sundaes

Yum
So, it's summer...it's hot...4th of July is just around the corner...and you are hosting the festivities.

I have a simple solution that will keep everyone cool, will keep you in the patriotic colors of the holiday and uses some of the best summer fruit!  A pretty tall order, don't you think?  But, it is actually very simple and uses ingredients that are in your pantry, fridge and freezer.

Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Sundaes!
You start with your favorite vanilla ice cream and then add a strawberry coconut sauce or a blueberry lemon sauce or maybe both if you are feeling really festive!

Strawberry Coconut Sauce

Blueberry Lemon Sauce
Making your own ice cream sauce is really easy and adds a whole new dimension to your ice cream.  So, let's talk sauces. 


To make the strawberry coconut sauce, you will need the following:
2 cups strawberries, washed and chopped
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1/2 tsp cornstarch

Place the strawberries and sugar in a medium sized pot over low heat.  Cook for about 5-6 minutes or until soft.  Add the cornstarch to thicken slightly and then add the extract.  Remove from heat.  Place in a mini food processor and pulse until smooth.  Let cool and then refrigerate.


To make the blueberry lemon sauce, you will need the following:
2 cups blueberries
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp lemon extract
1/2 tsp cornstarch

Place the blueberries and sugar in a medium sized pot over low heat.  Cook for about 3-4 minutes or until soft.  Add the cornstarch to thicken slightly and then add the extract.  Remove from heat.  Place in a mini food processor and pulse until smooth.  Let cool and then refrigerate.

Scoop out some vanilla ice cream and add the toppings. I added some whipped cream and broken graham cracker pieces to finish them off.  Now you got some red (strawberry coconut sauce), white (ice cream, of course) and blue (blueberry lemon sauce).  Your patriotic colors are in place.
And wouldn't it make a fun ice cream bar?

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet,