Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwich

Let’s face it, July has been a sweaty sticky month and frozen desserts are just NOT an option! This recipe’s inspiration comes from one of our favorite chef in Montreal, . We all know he’s super talented but boy his he sexy in person! We both had the chance to meet him at different occasions and he’s so charming and truly genuine.

My sister had a chance to grab a signed copy of his cookbook at a little while ago and we decided to draw inspiration from his strawberry shortcake recipe using his delicious genoise. Look here for the Penis Enlargement Bible

If you have a chance, make sure to visit his !

Chuck’s genoise

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  1. Preheat oven at 350°F
  2. Using a 9 X 11 baking sheet cover with parchment paper
  3. Melt your butter and reserve
  4. In a mixing bowl of electric mixer beat the eggs and sugar until white and fluffy (5-8min)
  5. Add vanilla
  6. Stir in flour into eggs mixture, little by little and folding gently between addition (this step in important to take the time so that your egg mixture stays fluffy)
  7. Fold in melted butter slowly
  8. Spread batter on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 min
  9. Let cool
  10. Once cooled, put in freezer for 20-30 minutes

Strawberries

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh strawberries cut into small pieces

Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 4 cups of vanilla ice cream, make your own or buy a good quality artisanal vanilla ice cream
  1. Let the ice cream thaw just enough so you can mix in the berries
  2. In a big bowl mix the chopped strawberries into the ice cream and stir making sure all the little pieces are well incorporated in your ice cream
  3. Return to freezer

Assembly of the ice cream sandwich

  1. Take your cooled genoise and with a 4 inch round cookie cutter, cut out 8 circles
  2. Take out ice cream and with regular ice cream scoop, scoop in the ice on 4 cut out of the genoise
  3. Top it with the other genoise
  4. Put back in freezer until ready to serve

Happy Sweet Remedy!

Barcelona’s best bakeries!

{Melissa} Barcelona was always special to me. It’s a destination I traveled to with a group of friends as a teenager, discovering the nightlife more than the Gaudi masterpieces, a place I called home when I studied there for a semester in uni, a town that I just love going back to for its precious charm, delicious tapas and warmth. In fact I’ve been there 3 times… just in the past year!

It’s simple, for me, Barcelona is the perfect city. A place where you can relax by the ocean in the morning, enjoy an amazing snack during la siesta, get lost in the narrow old streets in the afternoon, stop by at a market to pick up fresh produces, drink a cañas while cheering for their famous football team, but most of all, it’s a place to simply enjoy life (if you avoid Las Ramblas!).

Obviously, my love for Barca involves its mouthwatering food! Here’s my top 3 best pastry shops!

THE TRENDY

I discovered Bubó when I lived in El Born (my fav neighbourhood in Barcelona!). It’s the perfect place to come enjoy a coffee & petits fours and escape from the crowds surrounding the beautiful Santa Maria Del Mar church. My advice? Take a few pastries to go! Most of Barcelona’s restaurant do not offer amazing desserts so you’ll be trilled to indulge into one of their pastry when you get back to your place at night. Bubó also offers a nice selection of amazing chocolate bars and homemade marshmallows… perfect to bring back as a gift!

For me, it’s the best spot to find super cool, modern and so-freakin-good pastries.

Bubó []

Caputxes, 10
08003 Barcelona

*They also have a restaurant a few doors down. A good option for the area!

THE CLASSIC

Not only is this a magical place for its architecture, representative of the Art Nouveau, it’s also one of Barcelona’s top pastry shops. When you visit their Rambla shop, make sure to look at the architectural details like the mosaic work on the facade and exterior sculpture. The Escriba family have been operating pastry shops in Barcelona for more than a century… their knowledge and history make for a classic bakery with authentic flavours but don’t be fooled, they also present modern pastries with a twist!

Perfect spot for a croissant and coffee in the morning, right after you enjoyed some fresh fruit from the Boqueria market a few steps away! Their terrace offers a bit of peace in the middle of the chaotic Ramblas.

Photo credit (upper left) – Eat the Earth.

Escriba []

Rambla de les Flors, 83
08002 Barcelona

*The flagship store is located at Gran Via, 546. There you can also find their showroom and wonder around!

THE MUST

When you are in Barcelona there is 2 different desserts you must try. The fist one? Churros con chocolate! This deep friend doughy heaven is usually sprinkled with sugar and served with warm chocolate on the side for dipping! You can find churros in many different places throughout the city but on my last visit I found this super cute artisanal churreria stand in a farmer’s street market near the beach in Barceloneta. It’s a perfect afternoon treat after a day of sun!

If the market is closed, head to the Gothic quarter, more precisely to one of Calle Petrixol’s famous granjas (typical Spanish cafés) renowned for their chocolate! A good option is La Pallaresa, an old school cafe that serves one of the best churros in Barcelona!

Montse L’Artesana, Churreria

Farmer’s Market
Passeig de Joan de Borbó, Barcelona

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Wonder what the second one is? It is the crema catalana, similar to crème brûlée but even better (in my opinion)! The best place to try it is sitting at the bar at , a restaurant institution in El Born district. After one of the best meals in the city, order this amazing dessert and you’ll be delighted, promised!

Hope you enjoyed this teaser! In the following weeks, I will also share the coolest sweet spots in Barcelona as well as the best places for frozen yumminess!

{Stephanie} When I was making the honey-lavender ice cream, I had the idea of making a meringue cookie with the left over egg white from the ice cream recipe. There are so easy to make and a fun way to present the ice cream to guests or just to indulge on your own.

First make your lavender sugar. This can be made in advance and you can make a big batch because it will keep up to 6 months.

Lavender Sugar

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lavender
  1. In a coffee grinder, grind lavender until fine and dusty.
  2. Put in sugar, mix well.
  3. Once all mix together put back in grinder and grind more until you have fine sugar, about 5 pulses.
  4. Pour into airtight container, keeps for 6 month.

Sweet lavender meringue cookies

  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup lavender sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  1. Preheat oven 200ºF
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. In a bowl of an electric mixer start beating egg whites, once they start to foam, add cream of tartar.
  4. Then add lavender sugar slowly and continue to beat on high-speed.
  5. The meringue is ready when you have stiff peaks and a glossy white color.
  6. Using a pastry bag and a tip, pipe meringue on parchment paper. Use any tip you like to make the shape you want or free form with 2 spoons if you do not have pastry bag.
  7. Sprinkle with a bit a lavender sugar if you desire a stronger taste.
  8. Put in oven for about 1 1/2 hrs to 2 hrs. Once done, turn off the oven, put a wooden spoon in the door and let the meringues cool down in the oven for about 1 hr.

Cookie assembly

Take ice cream out, let soften a little bit.

With a small ice cream scoop, scoop out ice cream and put on one of the meringue cookie.

Put the second one on top and press just a little but not too hard or the meringue will break.

Lavender Honey Ice Cream

{Stephanie} The inspiration for this recipe came to me while I was watching the movie It’s Complicated, when Meryl Streep makes her lavender-honey ice cream. Of course, the idea only came after spending countless hours daydreaming of her fabulous kitchen (I want her marble countertops!) and her even more beautiful bakery. The movie’s california inspired bakery is big and spacious, white and warm… basically designed just the way I would have mine! A girl can dream…

This yummy ice cream is also the perfect transition between our featured flavours for the month of May – flowers – and the month of June which showcases all things honey.

Please note that this recipe is made using an ice cream maker (mine is a Cuisinart) so make sure that before starting the process, you put the bowl in the freezer, ready to make your ice cream.

Making: 3hrs. Count another 3hrs for freezing.

Quantity: about 2 liters.

Lavender-honey ice cream

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cup cooking cream (35%)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup mild honey
  • 1/4 cup dried edible lavender flowers
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. Bring milk, cream, honey, and lavender just to a boil in heavy saucepan over moderate heat for 8-10 minutes, until mixture thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, then remove pan from heat. Let steep, covered, 30 minutes.
  2. Pour cream mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a bowl and discard lavender. Return mixture to  saucepan and heat over moderate heat until hot.
  3. Whisk together eggs yolks, sugar and salt until light and fluffy (3-5 min), then add 1 cup of hot cream mixture into the eggs in a slow stream, whisking. Pour back egg mixture into  remaining hot cream mixture in saucepan and cook over  moderately low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until thick enough  to coat back of spoon and registers 170 to 175°F on thermometer, about 5 minutes (do not let boil).
  4. Pour custard through sieve into cleaned bowl and let cool.
  5. Once cooled pour into the ice cream maker bowl and start the machine. Let machine work for about 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Put ice cream bowl in the freezer, covered, until cold, at least 3 hours.

For presentation, add a teaspoon of honey and sprinkle with lavender!

*If you live in Quebec, we strongly suggest using a high quality bio honey like . It’s local, eco-responsible and soooooo good.

We will share another great recipe next week using this ice cream and lavender meringue! Visit us in a few days.

Happy Sweet Remedy!