by MELISSA GORDON
One recent evening, one recent cold evening, when the temperature outside was barely above zero and I was nestled next to the fire drinking hot tea, my dear husband suggested that the family go out for ice cream. Ice cream!
Now I suspect there are two camps of readers out there. There are those of you year-round ice cream eaters, who read that first paragraph and didn’t think anything of it (or even thought “heck yeah!” if you are among the more enthusiastic of the bunch). And then there are those of you who will instinctively nod when I say that it was one of those “do you even know me?” moments. You are the ones who understand my horror fully and completely.
In the end (despite my horror), we went, and I ordered a tea. (How Green Grocerish of me!) But it got me thinking about all the other ice cream-mismatched couples out there who might find themselves in a similar situation. And I’ve come up with the perfect solution! Go ahead and get your ice cream in the dead of winter — just drizzle some warm sauce over your scoop!
Hot Berry Sauce
Adapted slightly from minimalistbaker.com
• 3 cups fresh or frozen fruit (any combination of berries is my favorite!)
• 3 tablespoons orange juice
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon fresh or ground ginger
• 1 teaspoon raw sugar
• 1 teaspoon chia seeds (if using, stir in after removing from heat)
1. Combine fruit and juice in a small saucepan over medium heat.
2. Once bubbling, reduce heat slightly and use a wooden spoon to mash the fruit.
3. Continue cooking over low heat for 10-12 minutes, occasionally mashing fruit to combine.
4. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl to cool thoroughly.
Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sauce
Adapted slightly from dashofsanity.com
• 1/3-1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
• 1/4 cup cocoa powder
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons milk
• 1 tablespoon vanilla
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients, except the vanilla. Stir constantly until the mixture bubbles, approximately five to six minutes.
When the sauce is smooth and creamy with no sugar granules left, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Use immediately or let it sit for a few minutes to thicken.