I have a sore throat. All I can think of is ice cream. Velvet Ice Cream has been an Ohio family-owned favorite ice cream company for 100 years. That’s saying a lot. Ohio puts up some steep competition in the artisan ice cream world . . . compare it to winning as a beauty queen in Texas or something!
They distribute their ice creams to grocery stores in the eastern Midwest; check their locator to see if they have a point near you.
Their glossy hardcover cookbook — chock full of tempting photographs and Dager family recipes — makes for a wholesome, sweet gift for Hannukah or Christmas. I was happy to be hosted to experience it!
Seasonally, they’re onto Peppermint Stick and past Pumpkin, Cinnamon . . . but hey, you can improvise these recipes with their Vanilla ice cream, right?
Apple Pancake Sundae
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour; 1 teaspoon cinnamon; 1/2 teaspoon baking soda; 1/2 teaspoon baking powder; 1/4 teaspoon salt; 1 egg; 1 cup homemade applesauce topping (see below); 1/2 cup milk
Instructions: In medium bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In large bowl, mix together egg, applesauce and milk. Slowly combine the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Let batter sit for 3-5 minutes. Heat skillet or griddle and spoon about 1/4 batter for each pancake. Cook on each side until golden brown in color. Top with Velvet Cinnamon ice cream and homemade applesauce topping.
Homemade Applesauce Topping
Ingredients: 5-6 pounds apples, peeled & cored; 3/4 cup water; 1 tablespoon cinnamon; 1 teaspoon vanilla; 1/4 teaspoon salt; 1/2-1 cup brown sugar
Instructions: Peel and core apples. Roughly chop into 1-inch pieces. Place prepared apples into a large stock pot along with water, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Bring apples to a boil and reduce to simmer. As the apples cook down, the mixture will begin to naturally thicken. Using the backside of a wooden spoon mash the apples every few minutes to help the reduction and thickening process. After the applesauce is almost to the stage of serving, check for sweetness. Stir 1/2-1 cup brown sugar, based on sweetness preference. Cook 3-5 minutes more before serving.
Pumpkin Roll Sundae
Ingredients: 1 slice pumpkin roll; 1 scoop Velvet Pumpkin Pie ice cream; whipped cream; caramel sauce
Instructions: Slice a pumpkin roll into 3/4 to 1-inch thick pieces. Place a slice on a plate. Add a generous scoop of Velvet Pumpkin Pie ice cream. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.