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Spring has sprung, the temperatures are rising and that means my craving for ice cream is coming to a boil. And living in the South I guess I’ve gotten used to two things when the weather heats up. The heat and fried foods. So I like to bump up my cholesterol a smidge by cooling off with some fried ice cream.

Deep-fried ice cream? Hey, it’s the South.

The ice cream sundae and deep-fried ice cream both made their debut at the 1893 Chicago World Fair and they’ve been around ever since. I know what alert readers are thinking. “Can’t he cook anything normal?” If Chi-Chi-s can do it, then so can I.

As we kick it in to another hot sultry summer let’s explore a sexy take on an American standard. Let’s put the skeptics to rest and try these tasty treats at home, shall we?

Fried Ice Cream
Fried Ice Cream internet/Rus Pishnery

Fried Ice Cream

Fried Ice Cream

½ Gal. French Vanilla Ice Cream

3 Cups Cornflakes, Crushed

4 Tsps. Cinnamon

Toppings

Scoop 10-12 balls of ice cream and place on a wax-lined cookie sheet.  Freeze overnight.

In a bowl combine cornflakes and cinnamon.  Roll frozen ice cream in the mixture and place each ball in a freezer bag.  Again, freeze overnight.  Make sure they are good and solid.

Heat deep-fryer and fry each scoop on at a time until crisp about 15-20 seconds.  Serve in chilled bowls and top.  More about the toppings later.

Fried Banana Split
Fried Banana Split internet/Rus Pishnery

Fried Banana Split

Fried Banana Split Sundae

1 egg, Beaten

1 Cup Heavy Cream

1 Cup Flour

Bananas, Peeled

Chocolate Syrup

Butterscotch Sauce

1 Large Scoop each, Vanilla, Chocolate & Strawberry Ice Cream

Whipped Cream

Crushed Nuts

Maraschino Cherry

Combine egg, cream and flour.

Heat oil in fryer, cut the bananas in half lengthwise and dip in egg mixture.  Fry the banana halves until golden brown, remove and strain.

Place the bananas along the sides of an oval sundae dish and place the scoops of ice cream in the middle.  Top the sundae with syrup, sauce, pineapple chunks, strawberries, whipped cream, go nuts

Toppings
Toppings internet/Rus Pishnery

Toppings

Use your imagination when frying ice cream.  Fresh cut fruit, hot fudge, flavored whipped cream.  For a Mexican style fried ice cream, use crushed tortilla chips instead of cornflakes.  Many Mexican fried ice creams are drizzled with honey or agave nectar.  If you can’t use agave nectar use margarita mix. Substitute pistachios or macadamia nuts for peanuts or walnuts.

Face it, it’s going to get hot there before you know it, so cool down with some fried ice cream.

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