September 11, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Ice Cream

That's me and Mt. McKinley. Its Alaskan name is Denali (duh-NALL-ee). Only the tourists call it Mt. McKinley. I'm not a tourist (I'm el residente), so I shall refer to it as Denali from here on out.


I have a cough. A hacking, asthmatic cough. When I go out in the cold air, I start coughing uncontrollably and usually have to get to the point of gagging/dry heaving for it to stop. I get this cough at least once a year. It can be remedied by an inhaler, but I don't have one anymore. I'm far too lazy, and cannot be inconvenienced, to go to the doctor for a new one. I'll give it another week.


That picture above was about 2 hours north of my house at a Denali viewpoint on Saturday. Before the picture was taken, I was coughing quite uncontrollably. Earlier that day, we were at the Trans-Alaska Pipeline viewpoint in Fairbanks.

I was also (surprise) coughing uncontrollably while my parents were wandering around the pipeline like tourists. There were also about a hundred actual tourists disembarking from a Royal Celebrity tour bus.

One of them walked by me and said, "Are you okay?"

I said, "Yeah".

He said, "Oh, it sounded like you were choking on something" and walked away.


My parents said they could find me in the crowd by following the sound of my cough.

Super duper.

And then, THEN, my mom told me not to eat ice cream. It would make my cough worse, she said.

Um no.  Not eating ice cream is not a viable option.  Need it to survive.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Ice Cream

2 cups chocolate milk (I used 2%)
1 T. + 1 t. cornstarch
1/8 t. salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

2 t. vanilla
1 1/4 cups heavy cream

Frozen chocolate cake, cut into chunks
-I used a box mix, and I chopped up about half of the 9x13 cake into bite-sized pieces and frozen them in a storage container.  I had made this the day before.
Chocolate frosting
-I used about half a can of store-bought milk chocolate frosting.

In a large saucepan, combine the chocolate milk (all but 1 tablespoon), the salt, and the sugar.  Allow it to come to a boil and then let it boil (a rolling boil) for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. 
In a small bowl, whisk together that extra tablespoon (or so) of milk with the cornstarch.  Remove the milk mixture from the heat and whisk in the cornstarch/milk.  Return the pot to medium heat and let it come back to a boil, stirring constantly, for another minute (or until it's thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon). 
Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and peanut butter.  After the peanut butter melts, add in the heavy cream.  Whisk well.  Pour through a mesh sieve to catch any undissolved lumps.  Refrigerate the mixture for a few hours until cooled. 

Following the manufacturer's instructions, pour your cooled mixture into an ice cream maker.  Once its consistency is nearing that of soft ice cream, stir in the chunks of frozen chocolate cake and let it stir to combine.  Then dollop in the chocolate frosting.  Once it's all mixed up, pour into a freezer safe container and store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

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  1. This sounds incredible! Not eating ice cream is *definitely* not an option!

  2. I'm so jealous that you're in fall attire! We're having our third fall like day and it's awesome. I can walk around in a hoodie right now! That is a beautiful view. I used to cough like that in Altoona, but almost always had my inhaler, thankfully. I'm with you, ice cream is a must have. Just last week, I wasn't feeling well and had my husband go out to get ice cream. He gave me that "Are you pregnant?" face and I told him I just needed ice cream!

  3. I do think cold things like ice cream may make coughing more but not worth it to not eat it! :) that looks amazing!

  4. Sorry about your cough!!! No fun :(

    I want to see Denali...just so I can say I have. I like playing "tourist" sometimes.

    Great. Now I want cake, and I'm on a stupid no-sugar thingymajig. Hmph.

  5. That's so funny! I grew up in Alaska and I have always called it Mt. McKinley! I need to get with the Denali program! ;)

  6. My favorite flavor ice cream, when I worked at Haagen Dazs was Chocolate Peanut Butter. I think this creation would be right up my alley.

  7. These ice cream posts are a problem for me. I really think I'm addicted and I can never buy these delicious flavors. :(

  8. You're mom's probably a really awesome lady but doesn't she know ice cream cures everything? It's totally amazing like that.

  9. Do you even know how much I look forward to your ice cream recipes? This one is SO FANTASTIC I WANT IT RIGHT NOW. Okay, and I hope your cough goes away. Eat more ice cream, maybe it'll help.

  10. Holy heck this sounds deeeelish! Who doesn't know how to say Denali? I mean they make Denali Moose Trax ice cream and it's damn good. Everyone should know that.

  11. Saving this for later! Looks amazingly delicious!!

  12. Uh I saw the title and quickly clicked on the link as it has 3 of my favorite things-PB, Cake and Ice cream! Can't wait to attempt this

    I completely agree with no ice cream=not viable...some things aren't worth sacrificing!!


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