Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Toasted Snowballs

This dessert was thrown together to mollify a sweet tooth - known internally to those of us who love him as he who must have candy. His craving for peanut brittle was urging a road trip that warred with common sense given the weather of the night. This sweet, neat treat kept him home. Since then I've kept a supply of this crumbly topping at the ready. It takes an ordinary scoop of ice cream to new levels and makes the simple special. Do try it!

Toasted Snowballs

1 quart vanilla (preferably French vanilla) ice cream
8 tablespoons (1 4-oz. stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup light or golden brown sugar
2 cups uncooked old fashioned oatmeal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup corn syrup

1) Scoop ice cream into six balls. Place on a cookie sheet and freeze again until solid.
2) Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet. Stir in sugar and cook until mixture begins to bubble. Add oatmeal and salt; cook, stirring, over medium heat for ten minutes or until oatmeal is a deep golden brown. Remove from heat. Stir in corn syrup. Rinse a cookie sheet with cold water; shake off excess water but do not dry pan. Scrape oat mixture onto pan and smooth into a thin layer with a wooden spoon. Allow to cool. Break into coarse crumbs and put in a 1-gallon zip lock bag.
3) When ready to serve, add ice cream balls, one at a time, to bag and shake to coat with oatmeal topping. Transfer to dessert plates or bowls. Garnish with mint if desired. Yield: 6 servings.


Peter M said...

Nice, it reminds me of Mexican deep-fired ice cream but easier and just as tasty.

Martha said...

I agree -- reminds me of fried ice cream. I'm copying this one to use later.


Allie said...

Yummy I like the idea of adding oatmeal in there. Can't wait to try it.

Anonymous said...

This seriously looks delicious. Kind of like fried ice cream but much easier.

Cathy said...

Neighbors!!! What a small world. I looked for a hint of where you live on your profile. So we have the same ingredients available to us at the same time. Fun! These snowballs sound easy and tasty. I'll be back often.

Maria said...

The oatmeal makes it healthy, right? ha!! What a great dessert idea.

Anonymous said...

Whoa< that looks awesome. So simple yet so satisfying!

Barbara said...

Mary, oh so yummy. I agree it reminds me of Mexican fried ice cream, but so much better for us especially late at night.

Birdie said...

Man--- those look really good!

What a cute trick or treater

Patsyk said...

I love it! I'm marking this one to try!

Jenny said...

This sounds great Mary! I'd love to try this. It's so doable too.

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