Just say the words “ice cream” and you can make people happy, so what better way to entertain company than to have a frozen dessert? Frozen desserts are great for entertaining because there is little to no work involved when it is time to serve. After all, you can make ice cream dishes weeks in advance, if you think they’re safe in your freezer.
Ice Cream Sundae Bar
I love getting company involved with food. After all, it’s fun and everyone gets to eat exactly what they like best. There are lots of great “build your own” recipes for dinner parties, and an ice cream sundae bar is a great way to end the night. Start with one great vanilla ice cream and one great chocolate, and then choose a range of fruits, nuts, candies, and sauces for people to decorate their sundae with.
One benefit is that you can put together many of the toppings in advance and keep them covered until it is time to serve. Then you just have to pull the ice cream out of the freezer and set out everything, and you are good to go. You can get as fancy as you want by adding items like brownies or cookies to go under the ice cream, or you can keep it simple with some berries and chocolate sauce.
Molded Frozen Desserts
Molded frozen desserts are desserts that are formed in a pan or bowl, and then sliced into servings. The most common molded frozen desserts are ice cream cakes, pies, and bombes. The best part is that these are all some of the easiest frozen desserts to put together. Molded desserts are a fun way to dress-up store bought ice cream and still have a dish that you can claim is homemade.
Take ice cream pie, for example. All you need to do is take a graham cracker crust and layer it with as many flavors of ice cream as you like. If you want to get fancy, you can add layers of fruits, nuts, or chocolate sauce into the pie, but it’s really just that simple.
The crunch of a graham cracker crust gives an extra layer of flavor and texture to the ice cream, and it looks impressive when you serve it.
Macerated Fruit and Ice Cream
A scoop of ice cream with fruit on top can be as simple or complicated as you want, depending on what you do with the fruit. Add something acidic and little sugar to the fruit first, let it sit for a while, and then you will be rewarded with a yummy fruit syrup. Macerated fruit can be as simple as adding a little lemon juice, or you can create upscale recipes that are perfect for adults.
For example, did you know that strawberries pair well with balsamic vinegar and basil? Choose a thick, aged balsamic vinegar and add a couple tablespoons to the strawberries. Add a pinch of sugar and a little minced basil and let the whole thing sit for at least an hour. Serve this over vanilla ice cream for a decidedly grown-up take on ice cream with strawberry sauce.