Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Red Velvet Gelato Sandwiches

As I was saying yesterday, I've been playing with dishes & meals that highlight the colors Red, White & Green for this month's Royal Foodie Joust. First, I did red meat with green chimichurri sauce & white beans then I tried brownies flavored with red chilies, green pistachios & white chocolate chips. They were both good but I wasn't sure they were Joust-worthy. That's when I came up with this idea.
Red Velvet Gelato Sandwiches
Creamy malted milk flavored gelato is sandwiched between red velvet cookies with chopped pistachios pressed into the edges. The cookies came out so beautifully, they have a soft cake-like texture (which stays soft even from the freezer) & a great chocolate flavor. Matt had bought some malted milk powder to make cookies last week & I thought it would make a wonderful gelato flavor. It's like a vanilla ice cream that has been slightly caramelized or is a little nutty. The saltiness of the pistachios is a perfect foil to the sweet gelato & adds a nice crunch.

Red Velvet Gelato Sandwiches

Malted Milk Gelato

2 c milk (we use non-fat)
1 c heavy cream
3/4 c sugar
1/2 c + 1 T malted milk powder

Put everything a saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer stirring occasionally until the sugar & malted milk are dissolved. You may need to whisk it to get rid of the lumps of malted milk. Let cool to room temperature. Put in an airtight container & completely chill.

Freeze according to your ice cream maker directions.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Red Velvet Cookies
Red Velvet Cookies
(adapted for serving size from Paula Deen)

1 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 c sugar
2 T well-beaten egg
1/2 T buttermilk
1/2 t apple cider vinegar
1/4 t vanilla extract
1/4 T red food coloring
6 T + 1 t all-purpose flour
1/2 T cocoa powder
1/4 t baking powder
1/16 t baking soda
1/8 t salt

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Cream the butter & sugar together until light & fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Add the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla & food coloring and mix well. Add the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda & salt & mix until throughly combined. Scoop 2-inch rounds onto a baking sheet lined with a silicon pad or parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes, cookies will be soft. Allow to cool on the sheet for a few minutes & then move to a rack to cool completely. Chill the cookies in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before assembling sandwiches.

Makes 5 - 6 cookies


1 T chopped natural pistachios (the green ones)

If gelato has frozen hard allow it to soften a little. Place a large scoop of gelato on the bottom side of one cookie. Top with another cookie, bottom side towards the gelato. Press together. Uses a clean finger or knife to clean up edges if needed. Roll in chopped pistachios. Repeat for remaining cookies. Place gelato sandwiches into the freezer until ready to serve.

Makes 2 - 3 sandwiches

Thanks to the Leftover Queen for hosting another great Joust!


RecipeGirl said...

Nice! These are so pretty. Do the cookies have a red velvet flavor like the cake does?

Jeff said...

Nicely done! I just started debating the joust but I am going to sit out a month or so to get a good feel of what is expected.

Now I am craving Whoppers. Where can I find one???

Maria said...

What a fun treat! I love the red velvet cookies!

raquel said...

kat, these are awesome! they look so delicious i am going to try your recipe!!

Stacey Snacks said...

I can't decide which red/green/white recipe I like best!
They are all beautiful!

Sharon said...

I am SO impressed! Being a lover of red velvet cake, I feel like I'm just had a glimpse of heaven. Great work!

Lori said...

They are all really beautiful but this one is especially interesting to me because of the gelato! hmmmmmm.

Karen Brown Letarte said...

I absolutely cannot wait to make these in my own kitchen!! Being from the South, we love us some red velvet cake-- and gelato is the absolute best. This is a simple brilliant entry and looks SO GOOD!!! Best of luck on the joust. I love it! You're right, there are just so many directions to go with this theme it was hard to pick. Would love to see the posts for your runners up too! :) K

vanillasugarblog said...

Nicely done girl! Damn!

jillian said...

Oh my, these sound incredibly good!!

RecipeOfTheWeek said...

This is by far the best recipe I've seen to date!
Great job!!!

Chantal said...

loving it!

Christina Kim said...

Speechless. You are so creative and talented. I am amazed. These look so delicious, irresistible!

Coleens Recipes said...

Beautiful photography and talk about a great idea!! wow.

grace said...

the earlier recipes were great, but this one takes the cake, or the cookie sandwich, as the case may be. definitely joust-worthy, and definitely fantastic.

Deborah said...

Haha - I'm posting the red velvet whoopie pies tomorrow!! Love them with the gelato!

Albany Jane said...

I just saw this on photograzing and had to pop over. These look phenomenal!

TS of eatingclub vancouver said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty.

PeterMarcus said...

Good Lord, Kat! What fun experimentation!

Personally, I would have loved to try that steak-chimmi-garlic bean, and I'm a sucker for brownies and chilies and even pistachios. And this dessert is so amazingly droolworthy.

It's tough enough voting sometimes, but I'd have a tough time choosing between your three experiments!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Oh yes - we have a winner! What a fantastic interpretation of the colours!

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

This is a fantastic entry (I voted) and I absolutely love the idea. Although I can't get my mind off those red-hot brownies either. . .

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