Recipes: David's Ice Cream and Brownie Cannonball and more
These two recipes would be great for summer entertaining — David's Ice Cream and Brownie Cannonball and Martha Stewart's Grilled Chicken with Spicy Peach Glaze.
My favorite cookbook of the recent crop is the lush and lavish "The Hamptons: Food, Family, and History" by Ricky Lauren (Wiley, $40). Lauren, wife of designer Ralph, uses personal and historical anecdotes and wonderful recipes stylishly presented to show us The Hamptons, where her family has summered for 40 years.
The recipes are, for the most part, easy to follow, honing to Ricky Lauren's philosophy of taking advantage of natural settings and entertaining outdoors whenever you can.
Besides offering a peek into the lives of the rich and famous on a Gatsby-esque estate, the book charmed me with family stories like this one, which introduces David's Ice Cream and Brownie Cannonball recipe:
"On Saturday evenings after the children were bathed, fed and dressed in their Dr. Denton pajamas and little plaid robes, we would all gather in the living room to watch "The Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island" on television. During "intermission," the children would race off to the kitchen to climb on chairs to scale the kitchen counters, and rush to prepare their favorite snacks to share with us.
"The children were like a team of Oompa Loompas on an assembly line, tossing Twinkies, Mallomars, red Twizzlers and Mr. Salty pretzel bags down to one another, squealing with delight, raiding the freezer for ice cream and sorbets, sharing in the fun of concocting treats of malteds, shakes and ice-cream sodas."
David's Ice Cream and Brownie Cannonball
Makes 6 servings
1 quart vanilla ice cream
1/2 quart chocolate sorbet
1/2 quart coffee ice cream
6 brownie pieces with nuts, broken by hand into chunky bits
1 cup chopped mixed nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachios and/or almonds)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1. Remove the ice cream and sorbet from the freezer and allow them to soften, 20 to 30 minutes. Place in a bowl and add the brownie, nuts and chips. Mix to just incorporate. Spoon the mixture into a bowl, smooth the top, and freeze until hard, at least 2 hours.
2. To serve, run the outside of the bowl under hot water to loosen the frozen ball. Place a plate on top of the bowl and invert it. If you feel like an extra delight, serve with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
Per serving: 713 calories (47 percent from fat), 38 g fat (15.6 g saturated, 11.5 g monounsaturated), 64 mg cholesterol, 14.4 g protein, 83 g carbohydrates, 4.6 g fiber, 321 mg sodium.
I've never met a Martha Stewart cookbook I didn't enjoy immensely and cook from often, but I'm especially taken by Martha's "American Food" (Clarkson Potter, $40). It offers more than 200 recipes from across America, organized by region. Stewart describes it as "a culinary road trip" and a "celebration of the extraordinary quilt of American ingredients and cuisine."
There are recipes for favorites such as clam chowder, pulled pork, chicken pot pies, Shaker lemon tarts, blueberry crisp and strawberry shortcake, plus lots of stories about our national dishes and the stories behind them.
Since I had received a basket of fresh mangoes from a generous Miami friend with a backyard tree, I tried the chicken recipe here with mangoes rather than peaches. It was simple and yet delicious.
Martha Stewart's Grilled Chicken with Spicy Peach Glaze
Makes 8 servings
1 cup peach preserves or jam
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon dry mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Vegetable oil, for grill
4 skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts (about 5 pounds), split into halves
4 ripe but firm peaches, halved and pitted
1. Heat grill to medium. (If you are using charcoal, the coals are ready when you can hold your hand 4 inches above the grates for just 4 to 5 seconds.)
2. In a medium bowl, combine preserves, garlic, olive oil, soy sauce, dry mustard and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. (Editor's note: Divide this mixture into two small bowls to avoid cross contamination of foods.) When grill is hot, brush grates with vegetable oil. Pat chicken breasts dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper and place, skin side down, on the grill.
3. Cook about 10 minutes on each side before brushing top with glaze from one small bowl. Continue cooking another 10 to 12 minutes, turning chicken every 3 to 5 minutes and brushing top with glaze, until glaze from one bowl is gone and chicken is cooked through. Chicken is cooked when an instant-read thermometer reaches 165 degrees in the thickest part of the meat. Allow the final glaze to cook on the chicken a few minutes. (Move pieces to a cooler part of grill if they get too dark before they are cooked through.) Transfer cooked chicken to a clean platter.
4. While chicken is cooking, place peach halves on the grill, cut side down and cook 2 minutes. Turn and using a clean brush that has not been used on the chicken brush the peach tops with glaze from the second small bowl of glaze. Grill 3 to 4 minutes more, until the peaches are soft and the cavities fill with juices. Transfer to platter with the cooked chicken.
Per serving: 378 calories (36 percent from fat), 14.8 g fat (3.5 g saturated, 6.8 g monounsaturated), 72.5 mg cholesterol, 25.3 g protein, 35.5 g carbohydrates, 1.7 g fiber, 211 mg sodium.