Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sweet & Simple: Strawberry Ice Cream Cakes

Dessert is as simple as scooping out some vanilla ice cream and convincing your guests they're eating gourmet food. Strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and dessert shells make for an affordable, delicious, and light tasting dessert. This recipe would work well with almost any berry or a mix of berries.

The sponge cake dessert shells used in this recipe are usually found in your grocery store's produce section (check near the berries). Six dessert shells ran me about 2.29 (or about 38 cents a shell). If you make this recipe in the springtime, strawberries are usually on sale - I bought them for buy one get one free and ended up paying $4 for 2 lbs of strawberries (you only need 1 lb). Finally, vanilla ice cream will cost you roughly $4-$5 and you'll have plenty leftover for late night snacks. Overall, you're looking at $1.48 for each yummy serving.

What you need:
1 lb strawberries
Vanilla ice cream
6 dessert shell cups
2 tbsp sugar

What you do:
1. Wash strawberries. Cut off stems and slice strawberries into 1/4 inch slices. Place in small mixing bowl.
2. Add sugar to strawberries. Stir to coat evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
3. When ready to serve, divide strawberries evenly among dessert shells. Top each dessert shell with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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