Friday, February 25, 2011

Things Are Heating Up!

Nick, Brandi, Sagan and Katrina are hosting another Peanut Butter Challenge (#10!), and I finally got around to submit an entry :)

Although it appears that I may have gone off the deep end...  I made a Spicy Peanut Butter Ice Cream.  I just had to try it ;)   Definitely interesting, I paired it with a cinnamon shortbread so it didn't swing too savory, and I could see it working at the end of a Thai meal!   There's a little heat, so it'll definitely warm you up :)


Spicy Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Recipe by Shannon

This came out with quite a kick, for a more subtle flavor substitute 1/2 regular peanut butter for the spicy variety.  You could also increase the amount of sugar in recipe, too!  For a textural contrast, I almost threw in some chopped crystallized ginger, but realized I was out, so feel free to use it if you have some!

1 can light coconut milk
1/3c spicy peanut butter (like this one)
1/4c sucanat (or brown sugar)
1/2t cinnamon
1T arrowroot (or cornstarch)
3/4t vanilla

Reserve 2T coconut milk.

Add the rest of the coconut milk, peanut butter, sucanat and cinnmon to a medium saucepan.  Heat over medium-low heat, until the sugar has dissolved and the peanut butter loosens.  Whisk arrowroot into reserved coconut milk until there are no lumps.  Just as the coconut milk comes to a boil, remove from the heat, stir in vanilla and reserved milk/starch mixture.

When the mixture has cooled a bit, run through the blender and then refrigerate until mixture is cold.  Run through your ice cream maker, according to manufacturer's directions.  Serve with a little something sweet ;)


Cinnamon Shortbread
adapted from Mare & RecipeGirl

1 stick butter, softened
1/2c mild-flavored oil
1/2c sugar
1/4c sucanat (or brown sugar)
1t vanilla
2c flour (all-purpose or white whole wheat)
1/4c cornstarch
1/2t salt
1T Vietnamese cinnamon (more if you're using another kind)

Preheat oven to 350deg.  Add butter to the bowl of a stand mixer (or other).  Beat butter on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add oil and continue to beat until well incorporated.  Add sugars and vanilla, and mix well.

In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour through cinnamon).  Add to stand mixer and mix until a dough forms.  You can bake this off in a 9x13 pan or 2 8" cake pans, your choice.  I divided the mixture into two cake pans (sprayed with cooking spray).  Bake in preheated oven, 20-25min, until edges are beginning to turn brown.  Remove and place on a cooling rack until completely cool.  Cut into desired shapes and serve!  Store extras in an airtight container.






Would you try this ice cream?  Or should we just say that I've gone off the deep end?  :)

24 comments:

Cait said...

just came across your blog! you have some great insight on your posts! i can't wait to see what you come up with next! i would totally try that ice cream!!

brandi said...

This looks awesome, Shannon! So glad you entered :)

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I think I would fall in love with that ice cream! Seriously creative stuff!

JenniferLeah said...

I <3 ice cream. I <3 Pnut Butter. sounds like a winner to me!

Natalie said...

Shannon this is an AWESOME entry! Yum! Can I make my panini and then finish off with this? :)

Elizabeth said...

I LOVE when I see stuff on blogs that is truly original. I have never seen a flavor of ice cream like that. Paired with the cinnamon shortbread, it sounds absolutely delicious.

5 Star Foodie said...

I love the idea of spicy pb ice cream, sounds excellent made with coconut milk!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

Sounds really fun. You are so creative, Shannon! :)

Victoria (The District Chocoholic) said...

Wow. I don't make my own ice cream, but this makes me want to. Yummy combination!

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

I would definitely try it, and I think I will considering I have a jar of The Heat Is On pb from PB & Co. and I have no idea what to do with it. This recipe is a perfect use for it! Great submission for the challenge.

Daisy said...

this looks SO GOOD. I would try it and no you have not gone off the deep end for making a creative dessert!!

Joanne said...

This sounds like something I would totally fall for. Head over heels!

Kelly said...

I think that sounds awesome. Sadly, my ice cream maker bit the dust. Need to get a new one so I can start whipping up fun creations.

Ricki said...

Not only would I happily try this ice cream, I'd probably be tempted to eat the entire batch! Sounds phenomenal. And I love the gold color! :)

Erica said...

no way! That sounds AWESOME! I love heat combined with peanut butter..and that cinnamon shortbread just sweetened the deal. Great dish

Kristen @ Change of Pace said...

That looks amazing! I love the color and the ingredient list.

Reeni said...

What a scrumptious ice cream Shannon! Love it. The cinnamon shortbread is speaking my name too!

Kerstin said...

This sounds like something that would be on a tasting menu - love it, so creative!!

Simply Life said...

oh I wish I had that for dessert tonight!

Rosiecat said...

I meant to tell you this earlier: your combination here sounds really delicious! I love peanut butter and cinnamon together, and I bet that extra hit of heat is delightful.

You've been so prolific with your posts! I have to catch up :-)

Lisa said...

Congrats on your PB Exihibtion win - more than deserved as your ice cream looks and sounds outstanding - so creative!

Katrina said...

Congrats on winning the PBE. Being one of the judges, it was really hard to choose, but I kept going over and over and over back to your recipe and it had to be my first choice. I plan on making it today.

Katrina said...

Hey, I'm making the ice cream right now and the recipe doesn't say when to add the arrowroot/cornstarch/coconut milk mixture to the rest of it.
I'm assuming it's kind of like a gravy and should be added before it starts to come to a boil. ??
That's what I'll do.

Amy @ ElephantEats said...

CONGRATS on your PB win! well-deserved :)

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