My plans evolved around preparing homemade donuts - both plain and glazed - and utilize them with a few unique flavors and ingredient pairings to make several creatively cool Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches.
As far as the flavors I was going to utilize - well, to be frank, I was still somewhat unsure. Blue Bunny® brand ice cream is one of my family's favorites, and knowing they offer a large and unique array of flavors, I figured I'd just head down to my local Walmart retailer and finalize my decision once I saw what they had in the freezer.
When I arrived in the store's ice cream aisle, I was not disappointed with the selection. In fact, there were so many varieties available that I was somewhat perplexed by a barrage of ever-changing ideas. Blue Bunny's new clear packaging that allows one to see the delicious swirls within, made my decision even harder and my mind raced to make a decision. My intentions were to make two different ice cream sandwich options, but even so, I arrived home with three flavors: Blue Bunny® Cherry Pickin Chocolate™, Blue Bunny® Banana Split, and Blue Bunny® Peanut Butter Party.
For me, the first step in creating these delicious, refreshing treats was to make the donuts from scratch. Rest assured, you can absolutely utilize store-bought donuts for these ice cream sandwiches, but if you choose to wade a bit further into the deep end of the pool as I typically tend to to do, I've included the recipe for a basic homemade donut below for your consideration.
GLAZED DONUT ICE CREAM SANDWICH
- Glazed Donuts (Store-bought or Homemade Recipe as shown below)
- Blue Bunny® Banana Split Ice Cream
- Smucker's Magic Shell Chocolate Topping
- Shredded Coconut
- Place glazed donut in refrigerator for about 15 minutes or so until glazed hardens to the touch. Remove and half lengthwise.
- Slice 1" thick square of Blue Bunny® Banana Split ice cream and place between donut halves.
- Drizzle with Smucker's Magic Shell Chocolate Topping and sprinkle with shredded coconut. Place in freezer for five minutes to set before serving.
WALNUT-FUDGE CHERRY PICKIN CHOCOLATE™
DONUT ICE CREAM SANDWICH
- Plain Donuts (Store-bought or Homemade Recipe shown below)
- Blue Bunny® Cherry Pickin Chocolate™ Ice Cream
- Smucker's Magic Shell Chocolate Fudge Topping
- Crushed Walnuts
- Slice donut in half lengthwise.
- Slice 1" thick square of Blue Bunny® Cherry Pickin Chocolate™ ice cream and place between donut halves.
- Drizzle with Smucker's Magic Shell Chocolate Fudge Topping and sprinkle with crushed walnuts pieces. Place in freezer for five minutes to set before serving.
Basic Donut Recipe
This recipe can be used as the basis for glazed donuts, powdered donuts, or plain donuts.
- Mix 2 cups of the flour with yeast, sugar, and salt. Gently warm the milk and blend with vanilla and egg yolks, then pour into flour mix. With an electric stand mixer, mix until smooth. Add 4 tbsp of butter and remaining flour and continue to mix until the dough is soft and smooth (it should be slightly sticky to the touch).
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in a draft-free place to rise for one hour, or refrigerate for up to 12 hours.
- Flour a couple of baking sheets, then roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut dough with a floured donut cutter and place the cut donuts at least 1-inch apart on the baking sheets. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Set them in a warm place to rise a second time until they are puffy and nearly double in size. This should take about 15 to 30 minutes. (They're ready when the dough springs back slowly after being touched with a fingertip. If it springs back at once, it needs more time - if it collapses, it has over-proofed and you can re-roll the dough and cut it once.)
- Fill a large, heavy-bottomed pot with at least 2 inches of oil. Ensure the oil is not any higher than the pot's halfway point. Heat over medium-high heat until a deep-frying thermometer registers 360°F. Carefully lower a few donuts into the oil with a spatula, being careful not crowd the pot. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes per side and turn a few times until the donuts are a light golden brown and cooked through.
- Remove and drain on a wire rack over a paper towel, and let cool before glazing. Be sure to keep the temperature consistent while frying.
- 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted to remove any lumps.
- 1/2 cup milk or water
- 1 teaspoons vanilla extract