Nabisco had certainly done well with the Oreos. No matter how hard I try to make the Oreo cookies, somehow, it doesn’t quite taste like it. Could it be the preservatives that come with it? Oh, must be the sugar too. I tend not to add too much sugar into my food, for the simple reason that sugar is BAD BAD BAD for health. Both sugar and salt can cause serious health issues and the food sold outside are loaded with them. Hence, when I make something at home, I try to not to indulge in them so that we can all have a healthier lifestyle at home. Sigh…the constraints…
But nonetheless, the oreo cookies that we make are pretty decent…they have the colour and texture of oreo cookies…they definitely also have the crunch as well. I love to see the look on Escher’s face when he bites into one of them…struggle, then “crunchy” he’ll say, with that cheeky smile on his face. Joys of cooking for children! But nothing beats feeding them healthy ice cream. I dare say that my ice cream is much healthier than what you get outside…even if it’s from Homemade Chef! The amount of sugar that they pile onto the ice cream is ridiculous! All you really need is 3/4 of a 1/4 cup of honey for 2 pints of ice cream and that is sufficient for this sweet delight! The extra sugar is really uncalled for! Alright…enough about that.
One of my childhood favorite ice cream flavor was Oreo cookie. If memory doesn’t fail me, I think I had my first taste of Oreo cookie ice cream when I was in my teens and maybe because I didn’t always get to eat it, having it became one of the highlights. While I could have easily made it, I have no clue why I didn’t try it until today. Hmm…the mind just works in funny ways. Nonetheless, I share with you today my recipe…so sweet, yet so healthy! Simple joys =)
Oh, I should add that this cake was made for my mum to celebrate her 61st birthday. Glad she liked it!
Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe
Oreo cookie recipe
1 1/4 cup plain flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 ts baking soda
1/4 ts baking powder
1 ts salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup + 1 tb butter at room temperature
1 large egg
1. Mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar.
2. Beat in butter an egg. Continue mixing until dough comes together in a mass.
3. With moist hands, flatten the dough and cut circles.
4. Place on baking tray lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart.
5. Bake for 14 minutes at 170 deg. Cool on rack.
6. Once the cookies are cooled, grind them using a food processor (it doesn’t have to be finely ground, as long as the cookies are not too chunky).
Vanilla ice cream recipe
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 vanilla pod
3/16 cup honey
Pinch of salt
6 egg yolks
1/4 ts vanilla essence
1. Warm milk, honey, salt and heavy cream. Once the honey has melted, cover and remove the mixture from the heat and let steep at room temperature for 1/2 hour. Scrape the vanilla pod and add the vanilla seeds to the milk mixture.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.
4. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heat-proof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spatula. Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Add the vanilla extract and stir (over an ice bath) until cool.
5. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the fridge (preferably overnight). Freeze the mixture as per the instructions on your ice-cream maker. If you don’t have an ice-cream maker, fret not. Click here to find out how.
6. During the final whisking of the ice cream mixture, add in 1/4 of the ground oreo cookie.
Assembling the ice cream cake
1. Line the tray with clear plastic wrap so that the ice cream cake can be removed from the tray when frozen.
2. Once the ice cream is done churning, pour half the ice cream into tray. Smooth the top with a spatula.
3. Pour half of the remaining ground oreo cookie on top of the ice cream and spread out evenly.
4. Pour the remaining ice cream on top of the cookie layer.
5. Grate some chocolate on top of the ice cream to give it another dimension of flavor. Freeze the cake.
When serving, dish out some ground cookie onto the plate and place a slice of the ice cream cake on top. There you go…enjoy the wonderful Oreo ice cream cake =)