Winter is officially here, and I’m pumped – there’s so much to love about the season! Think rain on the roof, lighting up the fireplace, pulling out all your warm winter clothes, and lazy mornings snuggled up in bed… winter’s actually pretty great.
The cold winter evenings we’ve been having are the perfect setting for a wonderful date night. I can’t think of much better than snuggling up in front of the fire with a good movie, a glass of your favourite wine and deliciously decadent dessert. Sounds the perfect date night, right?
One of my favourite desserts to whip up in winter is ice cream sandwiches. I know what you’re thinking – ice cream in winter? But forget about ice cream being a ‘summer thing’, it makes the perfect winter treat too. Imagine rich, creamy ice cream sandwiched between two warm, gooey chocolate chunk biscuits… hot and cold, creamy and delicious, they really are the perfect winter treat!
The trick with making ice cream sandwiches is picking the right kind of ice cream to pack between the biscuits – it’s the star of the dessert, so you want it to be full of flavour. Luckily for ice cream lovers Kapiti recently released their new limited edition winter ice cream flavour – Black Doris Plum & Crème Fraiche – and it’s an absolute dream come true.
Kapiti is always a favourite in our house and this new flavour is our new go-to – the beautiful sweetness of the Central Otago plums works perfectly with the tartness of the crème fraiche, making every bite a real treat. This flavour is only going to be available while stocks last, so be sure to pick up a tub before it’s gone!
What’s great about ice cream sandwiches is that they’re an easy make-ahead dessert – simple whip up the biscuits when you have 30 minutes free and tuck them away until you’re ready for dessert.
While you can simply scoop some ice cream between the cooled biscuits and eat away, I recommend popping the biscuits in the microwave for 20-30 seconds before assembling. The biscuits become soft, warm and gooey, melting the ice cream slightly to create a creamy, decadent winter treat.
- 225g butter, softened and cubed
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2/3 brown sugar, packed
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups plain flour
- ¾ cup cocoa
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 100g milk chocolate, in pieces, slightly warmed
- Kapiti Limited Edition Black Doris Plum & Crème Fraiche ice cream
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Line two baking trays.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
- Add flour, cocoa and baking soda to wet mixture, and mix until well combined. Add chocolate and stir until evenly dispersed through mixture.
- Scoop out tablespoon-sized heaps of mixture and roll into balls. Place on baking tray and lightly flatten with fingers, trying to keep each biscuit similar in size and shape.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until biscuits centres are set but still soft. Allow to cool on baking tray for approx. five minutes before carefully transferring to cooling rack.
- To serve, heat cooled biscuits in microwave for 20-30 second until soft and warm to the touch.
- Scoop a generous amount of Kapiti Limited Edition Black Doris Plum & Crème Fraiche ice cream onto the underside of one biscuit, before gently pressing another biscuit on top to create a sandwich. Serve on its own or with a light drizzle of chocolate sauce for extra decadence.
The lovely team at Kapiti have given me a prize pack to give away to one lucky reader (valued at more than $200) to help set up their kitchen this winter, including:
- 1x $100 Living & Giving voucher
- 1x $100 Countdown voucher
- 1x voucher for a 1 litre tub of Kapiti Black Doris Plum & Crème Fraiche ice cream
Two runners-up will also win a voucher for one tub of Kapiti Black Doris Plum & Crème Fraiche ice cream each.
To enter, simply use the gadget below to tell me how you’ll be enjoying Kapiti ice cream this winter. You can score yourself some extra entries by following High Tea with Dragons and Kapiti on Facebook, so be sure to take a look.
Entries close 11:59pm Sunday 21 June. The winner will be chosen at random and notified on Monday 22 June. Sorry – this giveaway is only open to New Zealand residents.
This post was made possible with thanks to Kapiti. All opinions are my own.