Eisträume – Ice Dreams

Nothing beats ice cream on a hot summer day. I don`t care how many calories this desert has, it is just simply the most delightful “meal”.

I am one of these people who cannot eat ice cream in winter or until it is really brutally hot outside. So with the advent of global warming I may be able to face ice cream all year round. In that case it would finally pay off for me to learn how to make a good home made gelati, which I have never done.
Tastes are personal, gelati is my kind of ice cream. Creamy and rich – yes, I don`t count the calories! Also I prefer my gelati simple, so no fancy creations with chocolate chips or cookies or blue food coloring etc.
Therefore recipes I share with you are extremely easy and fast to prepare.
And lastly, if man can just arrange for a few more global disasters, it just might expand my culinary tastes like the BP oil spills might inspire my thought association while a gusher of my “Styrian black gold”, the pumpkin seed oil, cascades over the salty summer seafood salad.

If you have some special recipes for us, please, share them with us!

Eispalatschinken or Ice-cream pancakes
1 ½ cup flour (all purpose)
1 egg
1 ¼ cup milk (instead of milk you can also you bubble water that rises the dough as well)
Vanilla ice cream
1 package Heavy cream
chocolate sauce
Pour Flour, egg, milk and salt in a bowl and mix it until smooth. The dough is done when it flows gently over the back of a spoon. Have the dough rest about 30 minutes, so the flour can do its work.
Instead of buying ready made whipped cream I prefer to do it myself. Pour the heavy cream in a bowl and mix it until the liquid stiffens. I do not add sugar but of course you may do so. Put the whipped cream in the refrigerator.
Heat the oil at medium temperature in a frying pan. Pour one scoop of the pulp in the pan. I always hold the pan on the one side up where I pour the pulp in. As the pulp slopes down, I veer the pan slightly so the mass can spread equally throughout the pan. The thinner the pancake the better. Fry and turn the pancake until both sides are honey-colored brown.
Place two scoop of vanilla ice cream on the pan cake. Fold the pancake over the ice-cream, garnish it with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

Eiskaffe or Ice Coffee
Cold coffee
Vanilla ice cream
Whipped cream
Hohlhippen, waffles for decoration
Generally ice coffee is served with the coffee unsweetened. However, I slightly sweeten the still warm coffee and then put it in the refrigerator to get cold. Also, use the left over coffee from the morning.
Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a long glass. Pour the child ice coffee over the ice-cream and top it with whipped cream. Decorate it with Hohlhippen or waffle and sprinkles of coffee powder.

“Heisse Liebe” or “Hot Love”
Of course the questions arises why we call this creation “Heisse Liebe” and as you may guess there are a lot of answers – just none of them make really sense. Without going into further interpretations, try it out and create your own answer.
1 package of frozen raspberries
Vanilla ice-cream
Heat raspberries in a pot on the stove and stir them gently until they turn into “hot lava”. Place the vanilla ice-cream on a plate and pour the warm raspberries over the ice-cream.
You can also do it the other way round. Place the raspberries on the plate and put the ice-cream I the center of the warm fruit. Either way: You will love it!

Pfirsich Melba or Peach Melba
Peach halves
roasted almonds
Heat the raspberries in a pot, add little bit of water and stir until they become a thick puree. Add sugar and schnapps if you like. Place a scoop of vanilla ice-cream on a plate. Cover the ice-cream with two halves of a peach. Pour over raspberries over it. Decorate with whipped cream and roasted almonds.