Tips: I’ve never seen or
heard of this combination before, but it seems a natural to me.
Warm doughnuts are sandwiched with ice cream, which is drizzled
with hot fudge sauce or chocolate syrup. Everything is garnished,
naturally, with whipped cream. As you might expect, this is a dessert
that requires last-minute preparation and immediate serving, but
luckily it’s very simple and quick to make. It is important
that you not use any kind of frosted or filled doughnut to make
this, as those won’t stand this type of heating. I’ve
used everything from sugar-glazed chocolate to toasted coconut doughnuts,
but again, nothing frosted or filled will work.
Most people will recognize that this is a dietary indulgence of
spectacular dimensions (although any teenagers out there might disagree),
so I suggest sharing it with a friend. Please use the best-quality
ingredients you can find, as quality will really show through in
a dessert with so few ingredients. It is possible to make this an
ultra-chocolate fest by chocolate doughnuts and chocolate ice cream,
but I like color and textural contrasts. If I were using chocolate
doughnuts here, I’d use an ice cream of a different color,
perhaps a good chocolate chip, or maybe a coffee ice cream with
toffee bar chunks. One combination I’ve found that works very
well is cinnamon doughnuts paired with Ben & Jerry’s Chunky
Monkey ™ (banana ice cream with chocolate and walnut chunks).
Use your imagination!
Yield: 2 Servings
- 1 full-size doughnut of your choice (not frosted or filled)
- 1 large scoop ice cream of your choice, slightly softened
- Good-quality chocolate syrup OR slightly warmed hot fudge
- Whipped cream, unsweetened OR lightly sweetened
Adjust rack to center of oven; preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Have ready your ice cream,
chocolate syrup/fudge sauce, and whipped cream, as well as a cereal
bowl large enough in diameter to hold the doughnut.
Using a very sharp, serrated knife, slice the doughnut in half
horizontally so you are left with two thinner halves. Place each
half cut side down on the foil-lined baking sheet. Place in preheated
oven for 5 to 7 minutes, or until hot and cut surfaces are lightly
Work quickly now. With a broad-bladed spatula, life one doughnut
half off the baking sheet; place it cut side up in the cereal
bowl. Top the doughnut half with a large scoop of ice cream. Quickly
top with the second doughnut half, cut side down; with broad-bladed
spatula, gently press the doughnut “sandwich” down
slightly. Drizzle in your best minimalist fashion with chocolate
syrup or hot fudge sauce, and garnish with whipped cream. Serve
immediately---with two spoons or forks.
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