Forever Nigella: Chocolate Macaroon & Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

After weeks of patiently waiting, Chicago’s farmers markets are in full swing! And with them comes the region’s abundant strawberry crop. The fragrant smell of the berries is so enticing that I cannot pass up buying at least two quarts every Thursday. I’ve been eating strawberries with just about every meal, and I had a hankering for strawberry ice cream.

This ice cream is a twist on Nigella’s “no-churn” pomegranate ice cream, which can be found in Nigella Express on page 132 or on her site here. To substitute for the pomegranate juice, I pureed about 2 cups of strawberries with a splash of whole milk in my Magic Bullet. Although Nigella provides a “no churn” recipe, I do own an ice cream maker and subsequently churned this thick cream for 10 minutes.

The ice cream itself was delicious, but since this month’s theme is Afternoon Tea, I made ice cream sandwiches! The cookies are also a Nigella recipe, chocolate macaroons!

These tasty frozen bites were a perfect afternoon pick-me-up, especially in this heat, and a surprisingly appropriate alternative to the traditional afternoon tea dessert fare!

This month’s Forever Nigella #16 is being hosted by Fleur of Homemade by Fleur. If you can’t make it in time to join us this month, feel free to join us next month! Forever Nigella is organised by Sarah at Maison Cupcake.

60 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue/the view from great island
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 13:50:47

    Oh Gosh these looks insanely good. You don’t see chocolate and strawberry together too often, and that brownie-like sheen on those cookies is mesmerizing.

  2. Juliana
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 14:08:31

    WOW, this look so good…strawberry and chocolate what a great combination…perfect for this Summer 🙂
    Hope you have a wonderful week!

  3. Louanne Bertrand
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 14:18:27

    Wowsa! Love strawberry & chocolate together! Terrific July 4th treat.

  4. Ei
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 14:19:57

    Those look SOOO good!

  5. mireia
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 14:20:41

    AMAZING!!! I want to try these!!!

  6. Choc Chip Uru
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 15:07:13

    That ice cream is just perfect but when it’s sandwiched, it’s a whole new level of yum 😀
    Love it!

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. TrafficDiva
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 15:40:46

    These are simply PERFECT for a hot sunny day! yum, yum, Yummy!!! LOL!!
    And thanks so much for offering to bring 50 of these for me and The Afternoon Drive sweetie, really, you shouldn’t have..we’re hungry..err..ready when you are!!! =)

  8. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 16:42:22

    I would be very happy to have these delights instead of the traditional tea selections. 🙂

  9. Inger Wilkerson
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 18:08:15

    I love homemade strawberry ice cream–and has to be great in ice cream sandwiches! Our local strawberry harvest has been so bad, I am really missing them.

  10. Ronda
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 18:50:26

    I think you might be an evil genius…

  11. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 19:37:47

    what a fun way to use fresh strawberries!

  12. Just A Smidgen
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 19:44:53

    I’m sure the chocolate/strawberry combination would be fantastic, especially with market berries. I also love the color of these!!

  13. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 20:51:59

    perfection! Perfect for summer, perfect for adults, perfect for kids and perfect for ME! I can’t wait to give them a try. I am craving them now. love the combo of strawberry and chocolate

  14. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 20:55:05

    My mom and I have been talking about how much better the local strawberries are than the imports. I’m sure the flavour in the strawberry ice cream was terrific from using locally grown berries.

  15. Elaine
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 21:57:15

    What a great idea to make ice cream sandwiches for tea. The colors are lovely and they look so tempting.

  16. Reem | Simply Reem
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 21:57:49

    Ok these look beyond words GOOD!!
    WHo cant resist chocolate and strawberry combination???

  17. rebeccasubbiahrebecca
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 22:14:50

    wow these look divine 🙂 and great snap

  18. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 00:11:06

    hi yummy chunklet, oops! how am i to eat cookies with ice cream…hmmm but your pics are so beautiful and looks so delicious, cant help it- must try out . have a nice day

  19. eatinglikeahorse
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 00:32:54

    I’ve thought this a few times but these have to be the most delicious looking things you’ve created… ice cream, fresh strawberries and crunchy chocolate biscuits? That’s heaven right there 🙂

  20. machisan
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 00:44:24

    Oh Gosh these is so delicious! i would love to have it.

  21. Homemade by Fleur
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 01:27:13

    I’m very impressed that you used not one but two Nigella recipes here fior you entry into Forever Nigella. I’ve got to say that the last picture of the ice cream sandwich looks particularly good. I wish I could grab a spoon and get stuck in :). Thanks so much for your entry.

  22. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 02:29:19

    This has to be tops on my list for all the food I’ve seen in the past week. Delicious!!

  23. Sammie
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 02:41:48

    Delicious!!!! ICE CREAM SANDWICHES ARE MY FAVOURITE!!! Wow… So impressed!

  24. Liz
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 06:24:45

    What an amazing treat! I love each component alone…perfect strawberry ice cream and decadent chocolate macaroons…but together they are incredible!

    Jun 26, 2012 @ 07:08:10

    These look amazing…totally delicious!! What could be better than a delicious ice cream on a wonderful chocolate macaroon!!

  26. Norma Chang
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 07:45:29

    Agree, perfect for the summer, and other times too.

  27. pencilkitchen
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 07:52:45

    Aww.. Love Nigella! Those chewy chocolatey cookies and refreshing ice cream! Can’t think of a better afternoon tea indulgence!

  28. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 08:56:22

    Ohhhh that looks so wonderfully indulgent I can practically taste it! Love this recipe. I too own an ice cream maker so I will be churning the mixture too. 😉 Love eating ice creamy desserts even when my heater is on. 😀

  29. Sarah, Maison Cupcake
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 09:32:32

    These look fantastic! I’ve been wanting to make some ice cream sandwiches and how brilliant you managed to find two Nigella recipes that went together perfectly! Thanks for taking part in this month’s Forever Nigella!

  30. Catalina @ Cake with Love
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 09:38:14

    this is one perfect dessert, that strawberry ice cream looks very decadent and delicious, great recipe!

  31. Cher
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 09:48:34

    Chocolate cookies and strawberry ice cream? Yes, please…

  32. Katerina
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 10:17:59

    I can smell the strawberries in this ice cream! So rich in flavor!

  33. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 10:30:32

    Interesting ice cream flavor! I just love pomegranate seeds. The choco pomegranate sandwich looks so good. I just love Nigella.

  34. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 10:32:15

    Sorry, my comment about the pomegranate instead of strawberries! I was looking at the recipe. So great that you guys are getting summer strawberries!

  35. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 11:00:57

    Okay, these ice cream sandwiches are just over the top, Yummy. They look so fantastic!

  36. sm
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 12:31:31

    looks very tasty

  37. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 13:14:25

    Oh man… I wish I have this. I make ice cream but I don’t get to bake the cookies/macaroons part!! It’s already miracle that I’m making dessert (which is ice cream) and it will take me a little more effort to bake. But eventually I’ll conquer my fear and make ice cream sandwiches!! Beautifully done!!

  38. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 17:44:30

    These look fabulous! So yummy and fun for summer!

  39. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 18:33:33

    Those look worth the wait!

  40. Dara
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 20:31:12

    So tasty! Now I’m craving ice cream!

  41. Zen and Genki
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 23:03:59

    You know I love me some Nigella! (And you toss in those awesome pictures….well, you’ve got a winning post, my dear!) Wonderful!

  42. Alana
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 07:10:20

    These look simply divine! The perfect dessert!!

  43. Cakelaw
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 07:23:10

    OMG, these sandwiches look delightful! I especially love the look of the pomegranate icecream – it looks devine and is such a lovely colour.

  44. saffronandhoney
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 07:35:44

    These look wonderful! I love the twist on the cookies and that ice cream looks divine!

  45. LV Davis (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 09:58:23

    This looks delicious! perfect for the warm weather we are having where Ilive

  46. atasteofmadess
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 12:22:23

    I have been eating a LOT of ice cream lately since I just got my wisdom teeth pulled, I can’t eat anything else :(. But when I can eat more solid food, I will definitely add some cookies to make an ice cream sandwich, this looks great!

  47. Suzi
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 12:52:43

    Oh my gosh, these look incredible. Perfect for the summer.

  48. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 10:57:46

    Oh yum! What a fabulous tea time treat. I can totally picture myself biting into one of these! 🙂

  49. erica @
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 11:26:22

    Oh my goodness how cute are these and how fabulous does that ice cream look. Yum! xo

  50. Three Well Beings
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 23:43:13

    Oh my! I have been running behind this week and almost didn’t “go back” to see what I’d missed. I am so glad I didn’t do that, because this is just too great! I’ve been in a strawberry eating frenzy, too, and nothing better than ice cream sandwiches this time of year. I think I’m going to make these on the 4th! I’ll have the day, and I do have a new ice cream maker. 🙂 Debra

  51. Lisa {smart food and fit} (@LisaNutrition)
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 08:25:49

    What a great combination! Wish I lived next door! LOL

  52. Andrea
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 13:02:39

    This looks SO yummy! I’m going to have to try it out for sure!

  53. Karen
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 07:45:36

    Strawberries are just hitting the markets here. I love strawberry ice cream. When I was growing up, we either had strawberry or peach ice cream on the 4th of July. Your little ice cream sandwiches sound good.

  54. macaron lover
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 04:48:54

    I prefer macarons to macaroons but these look very yummy! For those of you wanting to learn how to make macarons (rons) i recommend the macaron master
    – they’re running a 7-day special sale right now 😉

  55. sanyaliving
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 09:23:13

    You did an amazing job on these!!!
    I need to get back to this group!

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  57. Cupcake Crazy Gem
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 07:17:20

    Wow these look seriously yummy! I love the thought of ice cream cookie sandwiches! especially the combo of strawberry ice cream with choc cookies hmm, I wish I had one right now! Happy 4th July, hope you are having a fantastically yummy day!

  58. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog)
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 22:56:35

    Oh I am loving those cookies, I bet they compliment the ice cream perfectly!!! Hugs, Terra

  59. Chris and Amy
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 09:55:36

    Must. Have. One. Of. These. NOW!!!

  60. Meenakshi
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 12:50:21

    Your macaroons look crunchy and chewey and just perfect! I think strawberries and chocolate are quite a match.

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