The Crave: Innocent Ice Pops

icepops (2)Looking for that perfect guilt free treat this summer? Well I’ve got your back! Innocent Ice Pops are made with real fruits and vegetables and they are also free of the junk you’re so used to eating. The ice pops come in four flavors: Tropicarrot, Green Juice, Kale Daddy, and Sweet Beets. As of right now Innocent Pops can only be found in select locations in New York and New Jersey. To find out more about Innocent Pops and where to purchase click here.

Churro Ice Cream Sandwich

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YieldServes 9

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • Oil, for frying
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 9 scoops dulce de leche ice cream

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make the churro cookies: Sift together the flour and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon into a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add the water, brown sugar, vegetable oil, and salt to a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and once boiling, add in the flour mixture, and stir quickly. The mixture will be thick, but continue to stir it until the flour is incorporated and it forms a rough, shaggy ball of dough.
  3. Transfer the dough to the bowl of a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed and add eggs one at a time until the dough is combined and smooth.
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment or wax paper. Fit a pastry bag with a #821 piping tip, and fill bag with churro dough. Pipe the dough into 3-inch circles, starting at the center of the circle and working outward in a spiral pattern. Keep the tip close to the baking sheet so the dough is thin. You should get about 18-20 circles from one batch. Place baking sheets in the freezer for at least 10 minutes to set and chill the dough.
  5. While the churros are freezing, heat the oil for frying. Add oil to a large skillet or deep fryer so that it’s at least 2 inches deep. Heat the oil to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with several layers of paper towels. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the granulated sugar and remaining 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
  6. Fry 2-3 churros at a time, turning them over occasionally so they brown evenly. When they are finished they will be slightly puffed and golden brown on both sides. Transfer them to the paper-towel-lined baking sheet using a slotted spoon or spatula to let the oil drain. Quickly toss them in the cinnamon sugar mixture while they are still warm. Continue working in small batches until all of the churros are fried.
  7. Make the churro ice cream sandwiches: Take one churro, top with a scoop of ice cream, and place another churro on top. Gently press together to adhere the cookies to the ice cream. Serve immediately, or freeze for later.
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Yum Sugar / Sugar Hero

Getting ‘Sweet and Saucy’ with Kelis

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Singer-songwriter Kelis is turning up the heat in the kitchen. On her new television series titled ‘Sweet and Saucy’ that aired on The Cooking Channel on February 26th. In the first episode Kelis is working on developing a marketing strategy for her new album titled “Food”. Then it goes on to show her shopping at a local market later that day to grab a few items for a dinner she was preparing for her friends. Some of the dishes featured include jerk ribs, farro salad, and apple buckle. No word yet on when the second episode will air, but I’m loving this chef side of Kelis’ career just as much as her music side.

Below are pictures of the mouthwatering dishes that were prepared in the first episode. Head over to the recipes section to whip these tasty dishes up yourself. Also if you’re intrested in watching the first episode of ‘Sweet and Saucy’ click here.