July 13, 2011

Sea Salt Brownie & Chai Ice Cream Sandwiches & Ice Cream Maker Giveaway! {Naptime Everyday}

Brownie IC photo

 

What’s Happening Today: Hot, hot, hot summer day. In the mood for something chilly after a long afternoon at the beach.

Naptime Goals: Make Chai Ice Cream and Sea Salt Brownies

Tonight’s Menu: Char’s Chinese Chicken Salad, White Wine, Sea Salt Brownie – Chai Ice Cream Sandwiches

While I firmly respect my daughter’s love of mint chip ice cream sandwiched between chocolate cookies, sometimes I am in the mood for more adult flavors. It’s not that my daughter doesn’t like sea salt brownies with chai ice cream, but it is definitely not the dessert she asks for everyday. Iced Chai lattes are my cold beverage of choice in the summer so turning it into ice cream seemed to be a natural fit when I was dreaming up new ice cream flavors during a hot day at the beach last week.

To infuse the ice cream with chai flavors I steeped the milk base with the spices from my favorite chai tea spice bag. I use the Double Spice Chai tea bags from Target. If you have a preferred brand of chai tea feel free to use that, it will work just as well. During naptime I made the base and chilled it in the ice bath for an hour. Then, just before my daughter woke up, I churned it in the ice cream maker before scooping it into my container to harden in the freezer. While the ice cream was chilling I quickly mixed together some brownies and popped them in the oven.

After dinner we sandwiched the brownies and ice cream in our favorite ice cream sandwich molds to make a delicious frozen treat.  The sea salt brownies paired perfectly with the sweet spiced ice cream. Even my daughter tried a bite, before asking for her preferred mint chip of course.

Ice 21

In order to get everyone in the ice cream making spirit this summer I am giving away a Cuisinart Ice-21 this week! It is a perfect, basic ice cream maker that I swear by. To enter to win your very own ice cream maker:

1. Leave a comment sharing your ice cream flavor.

2. Sign up for the Naptime Chef newsletter, (on upper left hand corner).

3. Join the Naptime Chef Facebook Fanpage.

4. Contest runs from July 13th at 7:00am through July 20th at 11:59am ET.

Recipe

 Sea Salt Brownie & Chai Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
1 pinch fine sea salt
1 ¼ cups heavy cream
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 chai tea bags
1 batch brownies with an extra ½ teaspoon of sea salt in the batter

Instructions

1. Mix 2 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch and set aside. Whisk the cream cheese and salt in a medium bowl until smooth. Fill a large bowl with ice and water.

2. Pour the remaining milk, cream, sugar, and corn syrup into a large saucepan and bring it to roiling boiling. Boil it for 4 minutes. Remove it from the heat and whisk in the cornstarch and drop in the tea bags. Return the mixture to a boil for one more minute, until it has thickened slightly.

3. Pour the milk mixture into the cream cheese and whisk until smooth. Pour the mixture, with the tea bags into a large ziploc bag and immerse it in the bowl of ice and water. All it to chill for 30 minutes while the tea infuses the milk.

4. Strain out the tea bags and pour the milk mixture into an ice cream maker. Churn according to manufacturers directions!

 

 

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This ice cream is great served on its own. If you don’t want to make ice cream sandwiches, make sundaes instead!

 

Naptime Stopwatch

20 minutes for the ice cream base, 20 minutes to churn

Naptime Reviews

My daughter wasn’t sold on the chai ice cream when there was mint chip to be had, but we loved it!

 

  • Emily Bartkowicz

    This looks delish – as your recipes always do. My new favorite ice cream flavor is Green Tea from the sushi joint down the street from my house – it’s to die for and has trumped my previous favorite pistachio. I want some right now!

    (I’ve been a fan for a while, already on the newsletter list and Facebook fan)

    Thanks for all your great recipes!

  • http://twitter.com/SpicyPerspectiv Sommer Collier

    YUM. today’s my birthday and I really want THESE for my treat. Great giveaway!

  • http://twitter.com/SpicyPerspectiv Sommer Collier

    YUM. today’s my birthday and I really want THESE for my treat. Great giveaway!

  • http://twitter.com/SpicyPerspectiv Sommer Collier

    YUM. today’s my birthday and I really want THESE for my treat. Great giveaway!

  • http://twitter.com/SpicyPerspectiv Sommer Collier

    YUM. today’s my birthday and I really want THESE for my treat. Great giveaway!

  • http://www.namelymarly.com Marly

    What a great idea – reminds me of one of my favorite vegan ice cream flavors – green tea! Your recipe looks delish!

  • http://www.namelymarly.com Marly

    What a great idea – reminds me of one of my favorite vegan ice cream flavors – green tea! Your recipe looks delish!

  • http://www.namelymarly.com Marly

    What a great idea – reminds me of one of my favorite vegan ice cream flavors – green tea! Your recipe looks delish!

  • http://www.namelymarly.com Marly

    What a great idea – reminds me of one of my favorite vegan ice cream flavors – green tea! Your recipe looks delish!

  • Amy V

    mmmm, my favorite ice cream flavor is deep, dark, rich chocolate!!!!  Love this post!!

  • Amy V

    mmmm, my favorite ice cream flavor is deep, dark, rich chocolate!!!!  Love this post!!

  • Amy V

    mmmm, my favorite ice cream flavor is deep, dark, rich chocolate!!!!  Love this post!!

  • Amy V

    mmmm, my favorite ice cream flavor is deep, dark, rich chocolate!!!!  Love this post!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/lindawu1201 Linda Wu

    My all time favorite flavor of ice cream is HAZELNUT! (: Delicious i can eat it everyday all day! haha

  • Erin Cochrane

    peanut butter macinaw island fudge. YUM

  • Erin Cochrane

    i am a facebook fan!

  • http://www.paoequeijo.typepad.com Sarah @ pao e queijo

    My favorite flavor is rich chocolate with brownie bits!  This looks amazing, too!  I subscribed to the Newsletter and am a fan on FB.

  • KatieRK

    Cake batter ice cream (or birthday cake flavor) is my favorite!

  • Courtney

    Its rare that I meet an ice cream that I don’t like but I am definitely a sucker for a good vanilla bean.   The best part is that it lends it self to limitless toppings.  Especially fresh fruit and berries in the summer.

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  • Jessica

    These ice cream sandwiches look completely drool-worthy. What I’d give to have one sitting in front of me right now!

  • Becky

    While I am a sucker for mint chocolate chip, my all-time favorite is a flavor I can’t often find: Blueberry cheesecake. The best blueberry cheesecake ice cream I ever had was from the UCONN dairy where we’d stop on the way back from indoor soccer practice so long ago. Yum. 

  • Kathleen S

    My favorite flavor is cherry chocolate chip!

  • Fsuangel

    My problem is that I LOVE all flavors of ice cream. It is my weakness!! I actually just tried Moose Tracks last week and it is my new favorite for now.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/rv14oi 1 O4

    Vanilla, with the redolent sticky insides of the freshest beans you can buy, organic full fat milk, 18 per cent cream and eggs, less sugar than you’d think you’d need.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdilegge Jeffery Dilegge

    OMG this was so delicious! The salt had me a bit worried, but no more!

  • Christine Podolski

    CT Farmer’s Cow has the best peanut butter ice cream!  It’s so rich and even better it’s local.

  • Kerry Kildale

    I love mint chocolate chip too!

  • Sarah

    My favourite ice cream flavour is good old chocolate! I’m very easily pleased!

  • Kathi907

    My favorite ice cream is coffee mocha chip!  

  • Mama3cs

    We have a Mom & Pop style ice cream shop about 1/2 hour from us.  They make a Chi tea that I love and a salted caramel that is my husbands favorite. But at $5 bucks for a single scoop I might look at buying an ice cream maker.

  • Sonya

    I wish I could pick a favorite. Ice cream is my very favorite thing to eat. I love the Alden’s Organic Chocolate, Chocolate Chip. 

  • Schmidty

    Vanilla bean is my favorite!

  • Schmidty

    I am an email subscriber.

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    I am a fan of your FB page.

  • http://macbebekin.com/ Elsa Macbebekin

    Pistachio! Always pistachio! Even if I requested some other flavor, pistachio! Pistachio rescinds all other orders.

    [I am a FB fan and a newsletter recipient.]

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1153603410 Meg McNamara Novak

    Love butter pecan. I am a newsletter subscriber, FB page fan and an EW alum ;). Love the recipes. Made the Mistral Chicken and it was so good and easy, it made regular rotation!

    • Kelsey

      Hi! Meg! You won the ice cream maker, how do I get hold of you? Best, Kelsey

  • Cristen

    mint chocolate chip is my all time favorite ice cream

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    i get your newsletter :o)

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  • Christy Spurlock

    Vanilla Bean is my favorite

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  • Miranda

    I love strawberry ice cream!

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    I’m a newsletter subscriber

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    I like you on FB

  • Ashley So

    My favorite is and always will be the classic Cookies-n-Cream. However, my new recent favorite is fig and honey. It’s SO good!   =)

    Can’t wait to try this one though!

  • Ashley So

    Already a fan on FB.

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    Already subscribed!   =)

  • Chris Chang

    This past month I recently went to a gelato place (yes I know it’s not ice cream) but they had a Honey Lavender flavor which was REALLY good.  Sweetened with honey and a touch of lavender, I enjoyed it! I would love to try it as ice cream too :P

    [I'm already subscribed to your newsletter and a fan on facebook!]

  • http://criticsinmykitchen.wordpress.com/ Sam from Critics in my Kitchen

    My favorite is mint chocolate chip (not green, though).

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    I signed up for the newsletter :-)

  • Kathy Thweatt

    Strawberry is my favorite!

  • Nancy.

    I love peach with roasted pecans.   I already subscribe to your newsletter (love it), but I do not participate in Facebook for privacy reasons.   I have a new Twitter account though, so now I can follow you and get all the latest recipes/posts.

  • Padilla330

    My fav ice cream of all time is phish food by Ben n Jerry!!! Love love love it!! But unfortunately I can no longer eat it as b&j manufacture all their ice cream in the same plant with nuts and my son has a peanut allergy! Don’t want to risk it. Already get your wonderful newsletter and a friend on Facebook!

  • Kearsley Lloyd

    My favorite ice cream flavor is Coffee Chip 

  • Kearsley Lloyd

    My favorite flavor is Coffee Chip

  • Kearsley Lloyd

    I love receiving your newsletter! I wish I had more time to spend baking and cooking!

  • Haley

    Strawberry Cheesecake Ice cream is probably my favorite, although I love most kinds of icecream.  Already getting your newsletter and doing the Liking you on facebook right NOW! : ) 

  • sarah

    My favorite ice cream flavor is butterfinger :)

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    I just became a follower on facebook – yeah!!

  • Eehrlich

    in the summer I’ll eat almost any ice cream but my favorite is fresh fruit, my kids and I made Blueberry yesterday after picking blueberries in the sunshine!

  • TinaE

    I just finished a batch of Ben & Jerry’s Fresh Georgia Peach (they wrote the ice cream bible, as far as I’m concerned), using fresh Georgia Peaches. I made chocolate this morning using a bar of 82% Scharffen-Berger Chocolate. I think that will be equally delicious.

  • Karlew1959

    I love homemade banana split icecream.

  • Amanda Thompson

    I’m loving Salted Caramel right now!

  • Amanda Thompson

    I subscribe to the Naptime Chef newsletter.

  • Parker_ab

    I love chocolate peanut butter buckeye ice cream. More than anything I love homemade ice cream.

  • Drweniki

    french vanilla

  • http://momscookingclub.blogspot.com Jamie

    Mint Chocolate Chip….my favorite!

    I am a subscriber to your newsletter and a Facebook fan.

    Great giveaway…thanks!

  • http://www.kimskitchensink.com Kim’s Kitchen Sink

    My all time favorite is mint chip.  I just love it.  Dark chocolate chunks in a refreshing minty ice cream.   Mmmmmm  (and I’m not particular about green vs. white mint, as long as it’s crisp and minty!)  :)
    And I’m on the newsletter and Facebook – do I need to leave extra comments or does this count?  I would love to win – I’ve always wanted to make my own ice cream, but I don’t have the patience for the plastic-ball-thing where you just shake it foreeeever.

  • Shannon Doll

    I used to run the concession stand at a swimming pool and we made our own ice cream. I was able to expiriment and concoct ice cream flavors to my heart’s content! One that I was particulary fond of was Grandma’s Blueberry Crumble: sweetcream ice cream, a oatmeal-brown sugar-roasted, salted pecan crumble, complete with a swirl of fresh crushed blueberries! It was our most popular flavor even after I left!

    PS: I am in love with this blog. I have a 11month old and it has been interesting trying to organize my “grown-up duties” to fit into nap time!

  • http://twitter.com/Jinxyisms Christy Wiggins

    I love cookies and cream.  Yummm.

  • April V

    Peach is my favorite!

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  • Aibrean

    One of my favorite ice cream flavors is maple pecan!

  • Aibrean

    One of my favorite ice cream flavors is maple pecan!

  • Aibrean

    One of my favorite ice cream flavors is maple pecan!

  • Sylvan

    Chai is one of favorite flavors. Now, pair it with a chocolate brownie or cookie-yummy time!!!