Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sundae Sunday - The round-up

Well, it took me a week, but I'm finally back with the round-up of all the delicious treats that my friends made for Sundae Sunday.  Ice cream month is just about done, but there's plenty more summer weather to come (especially around here--they're forecasting 107º for Tuesday!).  Check out all these tempting photos, then try to decide what to make first! =)

First up we have Mike of Living Out West.  He made what he referred to as "Plain Jim" ice cream.  What I'd call it is fabulous.  Vanilla, with both bean and extract, can be enjoyed as is, or become the perfect canvas for other things.  Check it out here.

Next we have a new friend, Elaine, invited by Mike to join in the fun.  She has a lovely blog, California Living.  She immediately won me over by mentioning one of my favorite restaurants from college, The Old Spaghetti Factory. =) She went all out and made three different flavors, which she then combined for some fantastic homemade spumoni.

I invited a fairly new friend as well.  Margaret of The Irish Mother is someone that I met through Adopt-a-Blogger.  She started her blog to share her collection of family and other recipes, and is doing a wonderful job of it.  In fact, she's about to celebrate her 1-year blogiversary next week.  For our Sundae event, she took a delicious-looking Chocolate Velvet ice cream recipe and made it even more decadent by adding cheesecake!  Go read all about it here.

Now we go from something totally decadent to something light and refreshing.  Leslie of Lethally Delicious shared this lovely mango sorbet with us.  She advises only using really good mangoes, and gives some great tips on finding them.  Check out her recipe!

Next up is more fruit and gorgeous color from Nancy of The Dogs Eat the Crumbs.  She has a couple favorite ice cream books, but was looking to try something new.  She searched her bookshelf using Eat Your Books, which is also a favorite tool of mine, and found a new recipe for Blueberry Ice Cream.  Read all about the service and the ice cream in her post.

Phyl from Of Cabbages and King Cakes continues our theme of fruity ice creams perfect for enjoying in a heat wave.  He went for a grownup concoction featuring Pimm's No. 1.  I've never tried it, but I definitely want to, now that I've read about Phyl's ice cream.  He uses it with lemon and lime curd to make a delicious citrus ice cream.  Read about it here.  

Margaret decided to borrow an idea from Phyl and feature Lemon Curd Ice Cream on her blog, Tea and Scones.  I'll be busy eating that with my friend Kayte, while everyone else can try the second ice cream she made....

...German Chocolate Pecan Ice Cream.  Sorry, we won't be making this one here, since no one likes coconut. More for the rest of you, right? =P  Be sure to head over to Margaret's blog for more about both of these great recipes.  

On to more chocolate!  Abby of Stir it! Scrape it! Mix it! Bake it! decided to take a break from playing with her new ice cream machine and made us these awesome Chocolate Pudding Pops.  I'm definitely going to have to make these for my girls, since chocolate pudding is a favorite dessert of theirs.  Having it in frozen form will definitely go over well.  You can find the recipe for these chocolate treats here on Abby's blog.   

If you want some delicious items to mix into Mike's vanilla ice cream up above, look no further than Mary's blog, Popsicles and Sandy Feet.  She gives us not one, but two yummy treats that are just perfect for dressing up some homemade or store-bought ice cream.  I don't know which to make first, the Maida Hatter Palm Beach Brownies or the Peanut Butter World Peace Cookies.  Maybe just make both?  Head over to Mary's blog for more, including links to the recipes.  

If you're looking for something to serve alongside your ice cream, Jeannette of The Whimsical Cupcake has a great idea.  She made Buttercrunch Toffee, and then topped her Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream with some Salted Bourbon-Caramel Sauce.  Sounds like a great way to beat the heat down here in Texas, where Jeannette and I both live.  She has all the recipes here.  

While Jeannette may be the closest to me geographically, this next treat comes from the person farthest away.  My blogging friend Marthe of The Baking Bluefinger sends us this lovely sundae all the way from The Netherlands.  She decided to make use of a gift from a Canadian friend, and made us a treat that features lots of maple syrup--Maple Syrup meringues topped with Maple Ice Cream, then topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of more maple syrup.  You can find out more on her blog (now that her internet is cooperating!).  

That brings us to my contribution, which also follows a theme.  Mine was caramel.  My sundae starts with a waffle bowl, which I filled with Salty Caramel Pecan Praline Ice Cream and topped with an amazing Butterscotch Sauce.  And don't forget some whipped cream and a cherry!  For more info and a recipe for the sauce, head over here.  

I hope you've enjoyed the showcase of our frozen favorites.  Next up will be an Autumn event--I'm still working on a theme--that will take place in late September or early October.  If you'd like to be part of the fun, you can email me at diskitchennotebook at gmail dot com and I'll send you the details when we get closer.  (I plan to contact all past participants unless you tell me not to.)    


  1. Wow, we're an inventive group! They all look great, and there are several contributions I want to try. Luckily, we eat ice cream year 'round here, so I've got plenty of time.

    Thanks for hosting this great event!

  2. This was such fun to see everyone's entries. I am in for next time, just couldn't get it done this time, sorry about that. It is amazing how many of the entries I recognized because of dishware...we know each other's cabinets so well! lol I am trying to decide which I should try first and I can't decide...what a great round-up with such wonderful choices everyone contributed.

  3. Thanks for organizing and hosting such a great event, Di. All of the different ice cream (and related) goodies look so tasty! What a fun way to get new ideas! =)

  4. oh, so many wonderful flavors to try. Good thing, kinda sorta, the warm weather is still hear so we can enjoy all of them.

    GREAT round-up, Di. I know it took tons of time. Thanks for doing this. You rock!!

  5. What a great display of flavors and textures! Can't wait to try some of these! Thanks for "rounding" these up Di! You did an awesome job!

  6. Seeing these all together really makes me want a taste of this and a taste of that. Thanks for providing us a virtual ice cream social!

  7. Thanks Di, love the roundup! So many great looking treats and blogs!

  8. How fun... like visiting an ice cream store Nicely done.
    Love looking at all the photos and all your friends new and old.

  9. Di, thank you so much for hosting such a fun event! I can't wait to visit everyone's blog to collect more ice cream recipes.

  10. Great round-up! Everything looks so delicious!

  11. Sorry, I didn't know about this. I would have shared my cantaloupe ice cream.