Ice Cream Cake, Brownies and Chocolate Sauce

Ice-Cream-Brownie-Torta Hi there! We are finally back from vacation! Well, looking outside the window, I should say unfortunately we are back from vacation!

This year we took it easy and we spent our holidays in Italy, mostly at my place. We had a week at the seaside and some trip here and there. Just sun, food and relax. I have learned that with small kids, this is the way to go for vacation, otherwise you come back more tired and stressed than you started.

How was your vacation? Where have you been? I am very curious about these things! Also, they provide good tips for future travels.

Ice-Cream-Brownie-Torta-SliceThis first half of the year has been though for many reasons and we really needed a break, which allowed us also to focus better on our future: at the moment I am busy looking for a new position and Maria got back to her job. Before the summer Maria was puzzled by the idea to open a bakery and she is currently trying to find a suitable place to start. She may have also much more time to bake for the blog and even more desserts for us! Yeahhh! As regard me, I have to tell you that with time I am more and more into food blogging and I have the temptation to dedicate my full time to it. It is hard work but it is real fun! I think it is fun to know always new people, engage with them, go around and look for food photos, get inspiration everywhere and see how people interact with your ideas. Blogging is also a way to see personal improvements and let your creativity run free.

Before going to vacation Maria asked me to participate more in the baking part. After thinking about it for a while I decided to give it a try. I will let you know how this is going pretty soon.

I did not know anything about this amazing world until one year ago but I love it and I am totally into it now. I have to say though that blogging about food is not as easy as I thought in the beginning, when I started. I remember I thought: ok, we bake a few great cakes, take some amazing photos, write about it and post it. That’s it! People will be interested in our website and with some luck we could earn those extra money that will allow us to move full time into blogging. Nowadays I think about it and laugh a bit on how I was naïve. Blogging is a FULL time job since the beginning! You need passion, dedication and above all it has to be fun.

Ice-Cream-Brownie-SliceIn the last few weeks I discovered a couple of excellent professional bloggers that are just the right examples of what I am talking about. HalfBakedHarvest and HeatherChristo. They are great food style bloggers that worked their butt off to be Pro. Well deserved, I have to say. I love their blogs! They upload new posts pretty often (more than once a week), are great photographers and bakers. Plus, they worked very well on the layout of their websites, write interesting posts and engage with people. This mix makes them superb!

Honestly, to be able to handle all the mentioned skills at a good level is extremely challenging but, hey, isn’t improving yourself part of the fun? Said that, along the way one should also develop his/her own style in baking, photographing and styling the food and the website. If everything go well and you “sell” your work properly, you will be a successful blogger, full of followers. In my opinion, even though there are basic rules to follow, there is no math to be a successful blogger.

Ice-Cream-Brownie-Sliced-CakeComing to our dessert Maria wanted to bake something for hot summer weather, ideally a refreshing ice cream. As I said before, the Swedish summer turned out to be not so warm so she thought to add some comforting brownie pieces on top and garnished with chocolate fudge sauce. The result is “Vanilla Ice Cream Cake with Brownie and Chocolate Fudge Sauce”. We already proposed other ice cream with vanilla before. I love them all and you can check them out: Citrus Vanilla Ice Cream, Kahlua Vanilla Ice Cream. Maria is very skilled with brownies as they are always nicely moist and chocolate rich, a pleasure for my mouth. Actually, our brownie dessert post is by far the most successful among our desserts with almost 2000 Pinterest shares. We are very proud of it and recommend you to try it out! As a plus we added a Chocolate Fudge Sauce on top, running through the brownies and down to the ice cream cake. Ice cream is great but let me say that with a luscious chocolate sauce is better. Enjoy it!

Vanilla Ice Cream with Brownies and Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 4 hours


Vanilla Ice Cream with Brownies and Chocolate Fudge Sauce


    For the Brownies:
  • 150 g butter
  • 2 dl sugar
  • 2 dl cacao
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 dl flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • For the Ice Cream:
  • 3 dl milk
  • 2 dl sugar
  • 5 dl cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the Chocolate Fudge Sauce:
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1,5 dl golden syrup
  • 1,5 dl cream
  • ½ dl cacao
  • A pinch of salt


    For the Brownie:
  • Heat the oven to 160°C.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and mix it with sugar, cacao and salt in a bowl.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and mix gently with a spatula.
  • Add the flour and keep mixing with the spatula until well mixed.
  • Put a foil of baking sheet in a 20x20 cm baking pan.
  • Pour the mix in the baking pan and squeeze it in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Let cool.
  • For the Ice Cream:
  • Add milk and sugar in a bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add cream and vanilla extract and stir until mixed.
  • Freeze in your ice cream machine according to manufacturer instructions.
  • For the Chocolate Fudge Sauce:
  • Mix all ingredients in a small pot and let it simmer for a few minutes.
  • Let it cool in the fridge.
  • Assembly:
  • Cut the brownie, a circle of 16 cm and the rest in small square pieces.
  • Place the circle in a 16 cm baking pan.
  • Pour the vanilla ice cream on top and freeze for two, three hours.
  • Decorate with the the small brownie squares and pour chocolate fudge on top.

Blondies with White Chocolate Lime Sauce

Blondie-with-Chocolate-Sauce   Welcome back KokiDoo Friends,

Vacation time! Well, almost. This year we decided to relax a bit in Italy in the west coast. Good food, hopefully good weather, fun and relax. Those are at least my expectations. 2015 was so far pretty lame for me. I got fired, summer did not really come in Sweden: we are still fighting to have half a day around 20˚C. So, I really need some good time to boost my mood up! I am also trying to help myself: Maria suggested me to start baking. I am interested in a slightly different kind of sweets: pastry chef and patisserie. I have tried to do some macarons. I will post next time the results. I think that for a newbie, they are not so bad.

Chocolate-Lime-Sauce-BlondieThis time we have those very nice Blondies from Maria. I have to confess it was the first time I have ever eaten a blondie. I didn’t even know they existed. Brownies are very famous but blondies! Plus, the only blondie I have ever known and appreciated (apart women of course) was my sparkling, fresh, appealing beer. She always pleases you without asking anything back and never cheats on you (Word of Homer Simpson). Amen.

For me the blondies world was totally new, but you know me now: I like to try new things. So, in front of me there were “Blondies with White Chocolate Lime Sauce” and juicy, freshly picked, red strawberries.

The first question was: how to eat the whole thing? I tried with a bite of blondie. Well, nice texture, like the muffin one; it does not go in pieces, which is a plus for me but… so far, citing once more Mr. Simpsons was kind of booooring!! The flavour was good but not intense like a brownie: something was definitely missing.

Then, I tried the strawberries with the white chocolate sauce: excellent but we already know that strawberries and chocolate goes hand in hand. By the way, strawberries in this season in Sweden are S-U-P-E-R: they are exploding of flavour and you cannot stop eating them: they are like mature cherries, one leads to the other. Regarding the white chocolate sauce, I have to say that it was remarkably thick and creamy. It could lay very well on the tip of the spoon, just like Nutella does.Blondie-with-Chocolate-Lime-SauceComing back to our dessert, shall we try one last approach? We don’t want to leave things undone, you may regret it! I decided to give a small bite to the brownie and eat a spoon of white chocolate lime sauce together: well, now we are talking! They complete each other. The chocolate sauce misses some nice solid texture and the blondies miss the flavour kick but together they are simply fitting. I declare you wife and husband! Hey, wait! We need witnesses to this marriage: the strawberries! Don’t fill the mouth eating a whole strawberry! Just bite half of it and it provide a fresh, fruity shift. Now, your mouth is ready for the honeymoon!    Blondie-Chocolate-Lime-Sauce

Blondies with White Chocolate Lime Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Serve: 16 Blondies (5x5 cm each)

Blondies with White Chocolate Lime Sauce

Blondies, Strawberries and Chocolate Lime Sauce is simply a great combination!


    For the Blondies:
  • 150 g butter
  • 150 g white chocolate
  • 1 dl sugar
  • 1 dl muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • For the Chocolate and Lime Sauce:
  • 2 dl cream
  • 200 g white chocolate
  • Zest from 1 lime


    For the Blondies:
  • Butter a 20x20 cm square pan and line the bottom with oven paper
  • Preheat the oven to 175?C
  • Chop the white chocolate and melt it together with the butter in a saucepan
  • Mix flour, vanilla sugar, baking powder and salt in bowl
  • Beat the eggs and the sugar fluffy in another bowl
  • Mix the butter/chocolate with the eggs/sugar
  • Add the flour mixture and stir with a spatula until just mixed
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes until a tester comes out clean
  • Let cool and cut in squares
  • For the Chocolate and Lime Sauce:
  • Chop the white chocolate and place it in a bowl
  • Heat the cream just until it boils
  • Pour the cream over the chocolate
  • Stir gently until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth
  • Add the lime zest and stir until mixed
  • Let cool


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