FRIED ICE CREAM
Yes, Fried Ice Cream sounds like an oxymoron BUT, this popular Mexican recipe really works and is the perfect combination of hot, cold and delicious.
1 pint ice cream, any flavor
1 loaf sliced white bread
6 to 8 cups oil, for frying
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Optional: chocolate or fudge sauce
Place a plate or sheet pan in the freezer and let it chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.
Using a large ice cream scoop, make balls of ice cream and place them on the sheet pan then return them to the freezer. Cut the crusts off the sliced bread and using about 2 slices per ice cream ball, form the bread around the ice cream using your hands to pack it like a snow ball. Once it's completely covered return it to the freezer. Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl, mix well and set aside.
In a medium saucepan (or deep fryer if you have one), heat 3 inches of oil to 365. Drop the covered ice cream balls, one at a time, into the hot oil and fry, turning occasionally so they color evenly, until golden brown on all sides. Remove from oil and briefly drain on paper towels. Coat the fried ice cream balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture and serve immediately alone or with chocolate sauce. Serves 4. This recipe can be doubled.