Not all recipes are born from inspiration. Not all of them are from grandma’s handbook. None in my family had the forethought to document any of the grandmas’ recipes. They were all too busy stuffing their faces with food and gossiping about the Athai in Chidambaram and the Mama in Vellore.
These ice cream sandwiches were born out of spending too much time on Amazon.com trying to figure out the best stuff in the US that is not available on Amazon.in and that’ll fit into the 35 kg baggage allowance. This is a legitimate thing. Everyone does it. I hope.
“I am making the best use of the opportunity”, I tell Jagan. I’ve saved all the import duty that I’d be spending if I bought the same stuff on Amazon.in.
Jagan: “What if you didn’t buy these things at all? How much would you save then?”
Jayanthi: “That’s hypothetical.”
I am shopping in the US without being in the US. Without the visa interview, 18-hour flights, toilet paper, decoction coffee and suddenly being polite and well-mannered and traffic law-abiding. That’s something.
Jagan is my Kuruvi. If you don’t know what Kuruvi means you can watch Vijay’s “Kuruvi” movie. Kuruvis are the wonderful people who go on these long flights and drink decoction coffee so that they can carry stuff back home without import duty – Smugglers. Jagan isn’t a full time kuruvi. He does that only for me and unwillingly. For others he may do more willingly. His actual job is much less flashy – he does panchayat in the US, I mean project management.
Before I go off on a tangent let me tell you about these ice cream sandwiches. I found these ice cream sandwich molds on Amazon a few years back and I couldn’t resist. Note that I had not tasted ice cream sandwiches before. But I had to buy them because they were too cute. My kuruvi brought them for me. I admired them and then safely put them away in my cupboard. I possessed them now and it was ok. I could get on with other things. So they sat in my cupboard for a few years.
This year, I happened to catch sight of these ice cream sandwich molds when I opened that cupboard. I showed them to Hasini and Yuvi. That’s all the accountability that I ever needed. They made sure to follow up, remind, pester and nag until we made ice cream sandwiches that weekend. I finally made ice cream sandwiches with my ice cream sandwich molds! Isn’t that great!
I’d still not tasted ice cream sandwiches. So I didn’t really have a benchmark. I could imagine how good chewy cookies and ice cream could come together harmoniously in an irresistibly creamy, fudgy way and it made total sense in my mind. So I went with that. I bought two flavours of Kuality walls ice cream packs – strawberry and butterscotch. I used Tovolo’s chocolate cookie recipe to make these chocolate cookies. Tovolo is the maker of these ice cream sandwich molds.
The key is to under-bake the cookies a little bit until they’re kind of soft and chewy and not too hard. That lets you cut out your cookies better. For perfect, neat sandwiches, make sure to have your ice cream frozen. Soft ice cream tends to leak around the cookies and mess up the sandwiches. If you don’t have these sandwich molds you can still bake two sheet-sized cookies, scoop ice cream onto one cookie layer, sandwich with the other cookie layer, freeze and then cut into neat rectangles. These are super fun to make with kids and absolutely delicious! They’ll be gone in no time. Let me know if you make these. Enjoy!
If you guys are interested in an article on the “Best things to buy off Amazon.com through Kuruvi” please let me know. I’ll be happy to write that. I’ve been doing this for years. I’ve bought birthday party favors, kitchen tools, books and even face masks this way. You will not believe what I bought this year! I bet you can’t guess what I bought this year. Try guessing. I want to know what you guys think I might buy.
Let’s see if any of you get it right. It’s coming next week. I can’t wait. Ahem. Jagan is coming home next week. I am so excited! I’ll show you guys what I bought. It has a long back story as well. So stay tuned.
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