You know the story of the ugly duckling. Well, I would NEVER address my beloved frozen treat as ugly or undesirable...but there ARE ways to make a good thing even better!
Last weekend my family drove down the Blue Ridge Parkway to a place called Graveyard Fields. It is known for kid-friendly hiking trails, waterfalls, and wild berries galore!
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Although beauty can be deceiving, there ARE times you want to give plain-jane ingredients a makeover! Here is a quick and simple way to dress up ice cream. Make fresh blueberry-lavender sauce and gingersnap serving cups that are sure to summon oooooohs and ahhhhhs!
|Lavender buds from my friend Bonnie @ sweetlifebake.com!|
Blueberry-Lavender Sauce for Ice cream
1 lb. fresh blue berries (could use frozen)
1 tsp. dried lavender buds, smashed or ground
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tb. cornstarch
1-2 tsp. lemon juice
A pinch of salt
In a small sauce pan, bring the blueberries, lavender, sugar and cornstarch to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat the stir in lemon juice and a dash of salt.
*This sauce is also great for pancakes, pound cake or cheesecake!
Gingersnap Ice Cream Cups
12 oz. ginger snap cookies, ground (about 2 cups ground)
1 stick of butter, melted
1 1/2 Tb. sugar
Pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 300 degree F. Grind the cookies in a food processor. If you don't have a food processor, place them in a zip bag and roll them with a rolling pin.
Mix in the butter, sugar and salt. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray. Scoop about 2 Tb. of the mixture into each cup. Use a small cup to press each scoop of mixture, shaping it into a tiny cup. Bake the cups for 12-15 minutes. Allow them to cool, then lift them out with your fingers or a small knife. Makes 10-12.
Place one scoop of ice cream in each cup and top with blueberry-lavender sauce.
This recipe is especially good with vanilla bean, lemon curd, or peach ice cream!
I also made blueberry muffins with these wild berries, using a recipe from my darling friend Laura, at Dark Red Crema. If you haven't visited her site, you should check it out! She has superb taste and amazing camera skills! Her recipe for Lemon Lavender Yogurt Blueberry Muffins is completely brilliant! Prepare to make a them again and again.
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