Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin-Maple Sundaes with Spiced Whipped Cream

not the best picture...I was in too much of a hurry to eat it !!

OMG, people....originally tonight's blog was going to be about my entire dinner, and I promise I will post about Eggplant Marsala (awesome) shortly. But what we just had was so incredibly orgasmically good that I just have to tell you about it right this minute. And to think it all started with a coupon....

It's really amazing how all the different experiences you have in your life sometimes intersect, and sometimes food is no different. I've known the difference between real maple syrup and the fake stuff since I was a kid, and have always preferred the real deal. Many years ago I came across a recipe for a pumpkin pie sweetened with maple syrup which has since become a staple of our Thanksgiving table. A few weeks ago - the score of the Grade B maple goodness from Gould's. Just yesterday I had the most amazing pumpkin pancakes with cinnamon whipped cream (see yesterday's mobile post)...and today, while making out my weekly shopping list, I grabbed my Stop+Shop coupon postcard and in addition to my 5% off, I had a coupon for a free tub of Edy's Ice Cream. I've never actually bought Edy's (I'm kind of an ice cream snob) but figured I could at least check to see if they had any good flavors. Turned out they had something pretty interesting - pumpkin ice cream. So in it went.

Waiting in line, the wheels were turning...what cool thing could I do with pumpkin ice cream ? How could you make a sundae out of it, hot fudge would be weird, maybe caramel syrup....and then it was like lightning struck. Maple Syrup !! Grade B, even !! And then...OMG, that cinnamon whipped cream !! But with a tiny bit of nutmeg added...BRILLIANT !!!

Sometimes, I amaze myself :)

Pumpkin-Maple Sundaes with Spiced Whipped Cream

I'm sure no one needs a recipe for a sundae...scoop pumpkin ice cream in your holder of choice, drizzle maple syrup over (didn't warm it as I don't love melted ice cream), then whipped cream. Chopped pecans (glazed or plain) would be wonderful over these as well. The whipped cream, however....

1 cup heavy cream, well chilled
2 T powdered sugar
2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg

Whip cream to very soft peaks, add sugar and spices, and continue to whip until it holds stiff peaks.

I promise - culinary orgasm :) Now I need the ice cream maker attachment for my KitchenAid so I can make pumpkin ice cream myself all year, the Edy's is a limited edition.....maybe Santa will bring me one :)

Enjoy !