Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Peanut Butter Ice Cream and Mini Fluffernutter Sundaes

by Darla

It’s month three of my resolution to make a new ice cream every month this year, and so far, so very, very good! To be honest, I didn’t think I’d do very good sticking to this (I know it’s only month three, but I also know me…), but it’s been really fun and easy. Admittedly, each month, when it’s ice cream makin’ time, I procrastinate…I’m still not sure why since ice cream really is easy to make, but I do. That’s why I’ve been trying to switch things up by not just making a new flavor of ice cream each month, but by making them into fun treats too (like last month’s ice cream sandwiches).

As easy as ice cream is to make, this month’s ice cream is absolutely, by far, the easiest ice cream ever. Ever. That’s why I stepped it up a bit and made something extra fun this month…

These are my interpretation of a fluffernutter in tiny mini sundae form! For those of you who haven’t heard of a fluffernutter, it’s a peanut butter and marshmallow cream (Fluff) sandwich. What is a fluffernutter sundae then? Well, mine starts out with a sweet marshmallow filled chocolate candy, then I top it with a tiny scoop of creamy peanut butter ice cream, hot fudge, and marshmallow cream with a mini Reese’s cup on top. In a word: yum.

For the super simple peanut butter ice cream, you only need these five ingredients: sugar, smooth peanut butter, heavy cream, milk, and vanilla extract.

Combine the heavy cream, milk, and sugar in a food processor, or blender, and process for about 20 to 30 seconds to distribute the sugar. Add the peanut butter and vanilla to the bowl. Process for another 30 seconds to a minute until well blended.

Cover and chill over night. Once chilled, stir the mixture with a rubber spatula, transfer to an ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.

I couldn’t find any marshmallow filled candies where I live, so I decided to make them myself. I have these small candy molds that I like to use when I make cupcake bites sometimes, and I knew they would be perfect for an easy candy treat. I decided to use semi-sweet chocolate for mine to cut some of the sweetness from all of the ice cream and marshmallow cream.

I just put a small amount of melted chocolate in each of the molds.

Once each mold had a little chocolate, I used a toothpick to spread the chocolate up the sides of each mold.

Check the bottom to make sure that you got all of the bottom and sides completely covered. Allow the chocolate to harden, or chill the tray in the freezer for 20 minutes.

For the filling, I put a little marshmallow cream into a decorating bag and snipped the end off.

Then I just filled each mold with a little cream (don’t overfill them, or there won’t be room for the chocolate on top).

Once all of the molds are filled, place a small amount of melted chocolate on top of each one and tap the tray gently on a countertop several times to level the chocolate out. Allow to sit until completely hardened before removing from the mold.

For the record, these are super tasty on their own, and they only took about five minutes of prep time, and another five minutes to put together. Yummy.

For the sundaes, I used my one tablespoon scoop to put a little ice cream on top of each candy.

Next came some amazing hot fudge sauce, a little more marshmallow cream, and a cute little mini Reese’s peanut butter cup. And some sprinkles…I mean, why not, right? :)

Unfortunately, both the hubster and the kiddo are in the States right now, so neither of them got to enjoy these little sweeties. Good thing for them, I froze the extra candies with the ice cream, so lucky them, huh?:)

Even if you don’t make these cute sundaes, I definitely recommend this ice cream…it’s a-ma-zing! It takes all of about three minutes to mix up, and once it’s frozen, you’re good to go. It’s smooth and creamy, and it has a fantastic peanut butter flavor. It’s totally a peanut butter cookie in ice cream form. If you’ve never made ice cream before, and peanuts are a treat your family can have, this is definitely a great starter ice cream. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Ice Cream (a.k.a. Easiest Ice Cream Ever)
Makes 2 quarts
Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Hot fudge

Combine the heavy cream, milk, and sugar in a food processor, or blender, and process for about 20 to 30 seconds to distribute the sugar. Add the peanut butter and vanilla to the bowl. Process for another 30 seconds to a minute until well blended. Cover and chill over night. Once chilled, stir the mixture with a rubber spatula, transfer to an ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Recipe by Darla

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1 Rita March 30, 2011 at 8:41 am

Holy smokes. I’d make this just so I could say it! I might have to go trawling the imported candy stores to find the Jet Puffed stuff, but wow! They look TOO fancy!
I still think you need to come down to Australia on a research tour though…

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2 Darla March 30, 2011 at 8:55 am

Rita, if you have Marshmallow Fluff in Australia, that is the same thing…or any brand of marshmallow cream.

And I fully agree…I need to visit Australia for sure. Purely for research purposes, of course…. ;)

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3 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch March 30, 2011 at 9:40 am

I got an ice cream attachment for my KitchenAid last year and made plain vanilla ice cream – the best I had ever tasted!! I haven’t had a chance to break it out again but this pb ice cream might be the perfect excuse.

The sundaes are the cutest!!

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4 Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD! March 30, 2011 at 10:09 am

sounds so yummy!

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5 bttrflybabydoll March 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

These are so cute! You continue to amaze me!

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6 Frances March 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm

These are adorable! I loveee marshmallow/chocolate/peanut butter!!

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7 Maria March 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm

The cutest and tastiest dessert ever!

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8 Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls March 30, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Okay! You win! These are the cutest EVER!!!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

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9 Kelley March 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Oh my, I am impressed with the homemade marshmallow cups!! These are all my favorite flavors – I want it NOW!

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10 Muriel March 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Oh my these sound Aaaa-mazing!!!! Wish I had an ice cream maker so I could make some of these right now.

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11 Mary Anne March 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Marshmallow Fluff is the BEST!
Jeff made Fluffernutter ice cream a few years ago, and it was great. We’re going to have to try this one… Love the little marshmallow candies.

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12 cakebrain March 31, 2011 at 1:04 am

heeee! so cute! I think that’s such a whimsically creative idea to combine all those elements in that manner. Looks yummy!

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13 Allison March 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Oh wow these look ridiculous. Ridiculous in a good way! I love the idea of the marshmallow creme with the peanut butter ice cream. Mmmmm

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14 Valerie April 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I love your blog!! You make a lot of interesting things, just like those peanut butter ice cream!!

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15 Jenn@eatcakefordinner April 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Those homemade chocolate marshmallow candies sound so good. In fact this whole dessert sounds so good. A new ice cream every month huh? You should try The Neely’s (from Food Network) mint chocolate chip ice cream! I tried it last year and I absolutely loved it. You make chocolate cookies and completely coat them in chocolate and crush them up in homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream. I’m sure you and your family would love it!

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16 Stephanie April 3, 2011 at 10:27 pm

This is awesome! I love the marshmallow candies.

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17 Anna April 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm

This. Looks. Great.

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