Thursday, July 17, 2008

my dads bday

my dad turned 70 yesterday and we had a little get together with his friends. being my busy work season, i decided an ice cream cake would be just as yum and a lot easier than a chocolate cake. yesterday was really warm so ice cream cake was nice and cool to boot.
my dad has really simple tastes so we had fabulously fat filets that my chef husband grilled to a perfect medium over an open flame, grilled whole onions, salad, chili rubbed corn and of course blue cheese and mushroom accompaniments for the steak.
then this way too big ice cream pie. it was layers of chocolate chip and coffee ice creams, with two layers of dark chocolate ganache, and two layers of oreo crust, covered in more ganache, served with freshly whipped cream and my favorite homemade hot fudge sauce.
i really just made it all up as i went along so its basically unpublishable, except for my fabulous hot fudge which i'll publish below. here are some pics though.

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my plate. yes i ate it all! and had seconds of blue cheese. 60 day cave aged i might add!

this was two springs forms full of oreo, ice cream and ganache layers. WAY too big for 9 people. sally took the 2nd half home to serve for her dad 96th birthday. so happy when leftovers go to great use.

it takes a chef and an expensive knife to serve this thing. without him i would have attempted this, then cried, then threw things when i couldn't do it.

check out these layers of creamy goodness. mmmm . . . .

okay the hot fudge which i didn't take a pic of! but my favorite recipe for it!!!!!!!!!!!!

hot fudge sauce
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened dutch process cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 oz. fine quality semi or bittersweet chocolate chopped
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla

bring cream, corn syrup, sugar, cocoa and salt and half of chocolate to boil in a heavy saucepan over moderate heat stirring frequently until chocolate is melted. reduce heat and simmer stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. remove from heat and add rest of chocolate, butter and vanilla. cool sauce to warm before serving.

serve on everything!


b said...

The pie looks amazing jen. You can't take pictures and not give some kind of recipe. How do you make the oreo crust? Or the ganache? Or is the ganache the hot fudge? Teach me Oh wise one! I learn so much from you. I'm sure your family loved it. Your dad is a lucky man.

Leah said...

that hot fudge was too insane! just too good for words!