DIY Sundaes

Posted on May 23, 2005 by Aun

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I love ice cream. Always have, and I suspect, always will. Lately though, I haven’t been eating a lot of it. Trying to eat a slightly more nutritious and healthier diet has meant that ice cream, instead of being a regular treat, has become a reward of sorts. A week of eating well means I can indulge in a nice big bowl of whatever frozen dessert I want.

While I love some store bought brands, the ice creams I want most nowadays are home-made. Riciotti (owned by my favourite Italian restaurant in town, Garibaldi) makes some terrific flavours—and their tartufo ice cream cake is to die for. But my favourite ice creams are cooked up by my wife. A couple of years ago, S bought the most amazing appliance, a Musso Lussino ice cream maker. Not only is this machine ultra-sexy in design, it functions wonderfully. It makes 1.5 quarts of ice cream in 30 minutes, freezing while it churns (so there’s no need to pre-freeze bowls or anything). In the past few years that we’ve owned the Musso, I’ve enjoyed challenging S to make up both traditional and experimental (even goofball) flavours. She, I think, has enjoyed discovering which chef’s recipes work best.

We threw another dinner party this past weekend. This time, we prepared a 5 course meal, capped off with what we thought would be a fun dessert, DIY Sundaes. I have to admit we were inspired to do this by one of our guests—a doctor and restaurateur who used to own a place that offered, among its desserts, a great little sundae trolley. S whipped up 2 flavours—vanilla and strawberry-mascarpone. I prepped a bowl full of freshly whipped cream while S also made some Valrhona-based hot fudge sauce. When it was time for dessert, we served each person a scoop of each flavour and placed the whipped cream and the fudge sauce out on the dining table, along with flaked almonds, mini m&m’s, and some colorful candy sprinkles. It was good fun watching each of our guests ladle on their toppings. I, greedy boy that I am, went for all of them. The dessert, I think, was a hit. Our guests offered several suggestions for future toppings (my favourite was chocolate chip cookies) and also excitedly discussed their own favourite sundae combinations.

So, what’s your favourite sundae?

About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his bouncing baby boy!

What Others Are Saying

  1. andrian martin dominic May 23, 2005 at 6:00 pm

    i must be the most boring person in the world. But nothing beats Vanilla Ice Cream plain. Thats right, just plain and no toppings for me please.

    But if forced to, i wld go for hot fudge or some cookie dough.

  2. chocokat0718 May 23, 2005 at 7:02 pm

    Mmm… I will have to say that I have more than one, but I will write two for now! ;)
    First off is freshly made strawberry ice cream with sliced strawberries, non-sweetened whipped cream, Valrhona chocolate sauce, and toasted almonds.
    Next would have to be freshly made banana ice cream with bittersweet chocolate chunks and peanut brittle.
    Now I’m in the mood for ice cream! Great blog, by the way.

  3. galinusa May 24, 2005 at 3:29 pm

    I’m drooling for the perfect sundae now. 2 scoops of rich and smooth vanilla icecream, topped with toasted & slivered almonds, crumbled chocolate chip cookie, coarsely chopped walnuts and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

  4. Daffy May 25, 2005 at 5:43 am

    fresh strawberry sauce!
    and MARS BARS chopped up into chunks. ultra sin!

  5. slurp May 25, 2005 at 8:00 pm

    wow! the Musso Lussino Ice Maker Maker is a beautifully designed machine, price-wise, it looks to be on the high side :(Vanilla with Khalua or Cointreau.I think Japanese Plum wine will be nice too.

  6. Anonymous May 26, 2005 at 9:57 am

    First, I must say I love this site, great photos and lots of information.

    I’ve been thinking of getting an ice cream maker, could you share where you got yours? The link you provided shows a machine that works at 110V? Many thanks!

  7. Chubby Hubby May 26, 2005 at 12:12 pm

    Hi, we actually bought it directly from the distributor. His name is Sebastian Muthu and can be reached at +65 94241807. His office is on Beach Road. He also brings in Staub, Cuisinart, Chroma knives, and some other wonderful gourmet products. If you call him, please tell him I passed you his number. Good luck!

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