Food for Friday ~ and a hot weekend!

The weather man is giving us a heat index of 97 degrees today, and the only thing on my mind is a cold bowl of homemade ice cream!   Fortunately, I found a recipe for just such a treat in one of our cookbooks.

From the Gooseberry Patch book Summer In the Country, a cherry ice cream to cool your day.

Easy Cherry Ice Cream722011 Summer In the Country

2 12-oz cans evaporated milk
4 C cherry red pop
2 C sugar
1 pint whipping cream
10-oz jar maraschino cherries, drained & chopped
2-3 C milk

Mix together all ingredients except milk.  Pour into a 4-quart ice cream maker.  Add milk to the fill line.  Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions as instructed for your ice cream maker.  Makes 4 quarts.

I never thought you would use cherry pop to make ice cream!  That’s just too fun.

In looking through this cook book, I found two other recipes that are summer-y fun and I just have to share them, too – mostly because I love the names so much!

Bucket-of-Sand Cake

8-inch yellow layer cake, prepared
24-oz jar applesauce
1 C vanilla wafers, finely crushed
Garnish:  seashell candies, gummy fish & sea creatures
1 new 8- or 9-cup plastic sand pail
1 new plastic shovel

Cut cake into 1-inch cubes.  Arrange cubes in layers in the sand pail, alternating with layers of applesauce.  Sprinkle wafer crumbs over the top for sand, and garnish with candies.  Serve with plastic shovel.

Bee Sting Cake

2 eggs, beaten
1 C sugar
1 t vanilla
1 C all-purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 C milk
2 T butter

Topping:
1/2 C plus 2 T brown sugar, packed
1/4 C butter, melted
1/4 C whipping cream
1 C sweetened flaked coconut
1 t vanilla

Beat together eggs, sugar, vanilla, flour, and baking powder in a large bowl; set aside.  Bring milk and butter to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat; mix well.  Add to egg mixture; pour into a greased, floured 8″ x 8″ pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Spread topping over warm cake.  Broil until topping is bubbly and warm.

I don’t know that Easy Cherry Ice Cream works as a topping for either of those two, but I think the kids would love to try Bucket-of-Sand or Bee Sting cake!

Be cool – and come to our Garden Party tomorrow!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

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