Robin Anish: What food is as hot as summer, cold as winter?

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It's funny, the little things I can remember from being a kid so many years ago — and it's not so funny that I often can't remember what I did the day before!

I remember a fairy tale I read in third grade called "Hot As Summer Cold As Winter." Now, given that I write food columns, which makes me a foodie, and I so fondly recall a story called "Hot As Summer Cold As Winter," what do you suppose the story was about? Hmmm. Could it have something to do with food? Perhaps. Read on.

This is a tale about a spoiled young prince way back in medieval times, who, thinking it an impossible task, challenged the royal chefs to create a dish that was hot as summer and cold as winter.

After the prince rejected the many attempts by the palace chefs to prepare a dish that would please him, a young, humble servant offered the prince a silver bowl on a silver platter, filled with a sweet and creamy creation that was as cold as winter, covered with something sticky and sweet that was hot as summer, the likes of which the prince had never tasted. The lowly servant had created the hot fudge sundae and it pleased the prince so much he made the servant the Royal Chef of the palace!

Well, this is the gist of the story, as I can recall.

Since it's school vacation, I thought it might be fun to share the story with the kids and let them make their own homemade ice cream and hot fudge sauce, just as the young boy in the story did.

Don't worry, the recipes are easy for kids to make with little hands-on required from grown-ups — and the results will be every bit as good as the hot fudge sundae that pleased the young prince.

HOT AS SUMMER COLD AS WINTER HOT FUDGE SUNDAE

NO-CHURN VANILLA ICE CREAM

INGREDIENTS:

One 14-ounce-can sweetened condensed milk

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 cups cold heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, stir together sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and pinch of salt.     

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In a separate bowl, whip cream on high until stiff peaks form, but be careful you don't overbeat or this will become a column about making homemade butter!

With a rubber spatula, gently fold about a third of the whipped cream into the milk mixture until just blended, then fold in the remaining whipped cream. Spoon into a freezer-safe container, cover and freeze for about 4 to 5 hours until firm enough to scoop.

HOT FUDGE SAUCE

INGREDIENTS

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons butter

One 14-ounce-can sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons water

1 pinch of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS

Melt the chocolate chips and butter with condensed milk, water and salt.

Stir until smooth. Add vanilla.

Serve warm over ice cream.

P.S. Does anyone else know this story?


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