Food for Friday Part I

When I lived about 400 miles north of my family, I was pretty good at making sure birthday presents arrived decently close to the actual birth date of the recipient, within a day or two, depending on the vagaries of the carrier of choice.  Since moving into the neighboring zip code, however – I mean even in the same AREA CODE – my ability to send a timely package has completely left me.  Unless we are dining together on the actual day, good luck getting anything from me in the same cycle of the moon.

Consequently, I took it upon myself to institute a new family gifting policy this year – the gift may be as late as you want, but you must add one gift for each delinquent month.  When I mailed my sister’s gift in late June, in honor of her early February  birthday, I made sure to include five gifts.  When she257119 Snowflake potholder delivered my May birthday gift in July, she rightly included three gifts for me.  One of her gifts was a colorful pie baking dish from Follette Pottery in northern Louisiana.  It comes with a 3,000 year guarantee, if I treat it properly.  How many generations removed will that be?

Included with the dish was a little recipe for Ice Cream Bread.  Never thought about it, but it makes good sense, doesn’t it?  Ice cream contains all the sugar, fat, and liquid you’d need for a good cake.  Here’s what you do:  combine 1 pint (2 cups) of your favorite ice cream, softened, any flavor, with 1-1/2 cups self-rising flour.  Pour into a greased baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.  In the case of this pottery baking dish, place it in a cool oven and bake.  My sister tried it with a pint of Haagen Dazs(r)  Raspberry Something and a Pyrex dish, cold oven, and we all agreed it was delicious!  A smear of chocolate ganache and it would have been heaven.

This would be a real treat for the kids to make at Christmas – without destroying the kitchen trying to manage multiple ingredients.  Let them select their favorite flavor of ice cream – we were thinking that peppermint would be very interesting – when have you had a peppermint cake? – and fun to decorate for your holiday party.

Next, Part II – you’ll see, it’s too sublime, it needs it’s own post.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

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