Like Ice Cream Sandwiches? You Should Try Making Them With Bread

July  7, 2016

I can feel your skepticism oozing through the screen.

"Why would I sandwich ice cream with bread?" you're wondering. Cookies are the standard vehicle for ice cream to be transformed into a sandwich, and rightly so: they're sweet, they're chewy, they make the combination feel like a serious dessert dessert.

That doesn't mean you should rule out bread, though—the combination is, after all, called an ice cream sandwich. Plus, it's not all that different from strawberry shortcake, where a sweetened filling of whipped cream is dolloped between a split, not-all-that-sweet biscuit.

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Smooshing rich chocolate ice cream or sorbet between pieces of salty focaccia serves to highlight the frozen filling while providing you with a satisfyingly chewy vehicle to hold it all in your hands. It's still solidly dessert; just not the type of dessert where you question whether or not your teeth might fall out after you're done enjoying it.

Once you've tried ice cream (or sorbet) on focaccia, I'll bet you'll be ready to branch out. Before you know it​ you'll be scooping frozen confections onto little brioche buns or even onto whole wheat toast.

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Is there an ingredient or a dish you find yourself making the same way every time? Tell us in the comments and we might feature it next time with an idea for changing it up!

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CanCanEats July 22, 2016
On waffles!!!
CookingIsLikeLove July 7, 2016
Vanilla icecream on pancakes, softened a bit so you can spread a nice thick and even layer. mmmmmmmmmm!
PHIL July 7, 2016
In Italy I ate Gelato on Brioche buns every day, They make it that way at L'Arte Del Gelato in Chelsea market. I will have to try the focaccia version