Caveat: This isn’t an ice cream experiment. Why am I blogging about it? We all lost an hour of our life today with daylight savings and I want to redeem the 23 hours I have left with something that will make me feel like I had 24 hours. [Drum roll]
We begin with the sticky, sugary, and colorful pillows: the peep. I know of very few food items that have the charisma that peeps have. Most people don’t like them and I can’t say I’m terribly a big fan but I love looking at them. They glisten, what other food glistens like this?
It’s sad. I had to.
It’s ok…they met a great friend…the giant edible hug. THE PANCAKE.
(What are the black specs? Vanilla beans. Oh. yes. I. did)
drum roll again………………
How did they taste? FLUFF-E. Fluffy is a taste? YES. I think in addition to the other 5 tastes the tongue recognizes, fluffy should be added. I used a ton of baking powder so these suckers rose…they were like balloons taking flight for a voyage making their way to the Reno balloon festival. The peeps remained in tact for the most part, they didn’t stray from their position that much. I was surprised they didn’t dye the batter more but the sugar is pretty caked on peeps so I guess it makes sense.
Would I make these again? No. I did it in desperation because of the shocking effect daylight savings has…or because I woke up with an itch to just do it. You decide but I can tell you that when clocks fall back in the fall…there’s no telling what I will do with that extra hour.
Peeps: It’s What’s for Easter. Peeps are what candy corn is to Halloween, a necessity. A nostalgic sugar rush drummed up by candy makers since the dawn of man. Ok maybe a little dramatic but we all remember Peeps as the hand-held sticky bond to Easter.
With that said, I wanted to pay homage to the sprinkled bird by incorporating into ice cream. I was playing around with the idea of just cutting up pieces of Peeps and making into a Rocky Road-esk mess but my very creative baking friend suggested an ice cream sandwich….EUREKA/GENIUS! I took her advice and sliced the peeps in half and blanketed a spread of vanilla ice cream.
It took several attempts to get this sugary Easter bouquet correct. The first time I didn’t refrigerate the peeps and just used them as is…fail. They were too weak to take on the heavy ice cream so it resulted in a squishy eating experience. My co-workers suggested to use a support system a.k.a. a cookie. Then one of my most blunt critics at work suggested to dye coconut green and make a little home for the Peep. DONE.
Note: The level of detail in the Peep eyes has drastically taken a plunge. Check out the Cyclops peeps: