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Old 04-28-2005, 01:13 PM   #1
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Chi-Chi's Mexican Fried Ice Cream Recipe

Chi-Chi's Mexican Fried Ice Cream
Happy Cinco De Mayo

Fried ice cream is made in a variety of ways. Some of them actually involve deep frying frozen solid ice cream. Other recipes just apply a coating to give it a fried texture, as does this recipe. This recipe is taken straight from a book called Top Secret Restaurant Recipes: Creating Kitchen Clones from America's Favorite Restaurant Chains written by Todd Wilbur.

½ cup vegetable oil
2 flour tortillas, 6 inch each
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tbs. sugar
¼ cup cornflake crumbs
2 large scoops vanilla ice cream
whipped cream in a can
2 maraschino cherries with stems
optional toppings: honey, chocolate syrup, strawberries

Fry each tortilla, one at a time in hot oil over medium/high heat until crispy. This should take about one minute on each side. Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon mixture over both sides of the fried tortillas, coating evenly. Not all of the sugar mixture will stick to the tortillas and that's okay.

Combine the other half of the cinnamon mixture with the corn flake crumbs in another small bowl. Pour the corn flake mixture into a wide shallow bowl or plate.

Place a large scoop of ice cream in the corn flake crumbs and with your hands roll the ice cream around until the entire surface is evenly coated with corn flake crumbs. You should not be able to see any ice cream.

Place the ice cream scoop on the center of the cinnamon/sugar coated tortilla. Spray whipped cream around the base of the ice cream. Spray an additional pile of ice cream on top of the ice cream. Put a cherry in the top pile of whipped cream. Repeat for the remaining scoop of ice cream.


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Old 04-28-2005, 02:56 PM   #2
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Oh yum!!!!!!!! This was always one of my favorite desserts to order out!

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Old 04-28-2005, 04:13 PM   #3
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It was a long time ago, in a far away place, Barstow, California to be exact. There was a Mexican restaurant called Carlos & Totos, wehre the food was very good, and the fried ice cream was an amazing thing. I'd never had it before, and haven't had it as good since. If any of you are close enough to Barstow to give this place a try, if it's still there (I said at the begining that this happed a long time ago), then try it, duplicate it, and give the recipe to me. Up here in the beautiful, but culinarily deprived Upper Peninsula of Michigan, such things are but a fond memory. Not that the local food is bad, just so very limited.

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Old 04-28-2005, 08:11 PM   #4
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Goodweed, if you ever make it to Escanaba, there's a Mexican restaurant there called Ferdinand's. The last I knew (several years ago) they had pretty decent fried ice cream.
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Old 04-29-2005, 01:14 PM   #5
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Here's another Fried Ice Cream recipe that really involves frying. Haven't tried this one, but see if you'd like to give it a go.

1 pint of vanilla ice cream, do not use a light or diet version since they do not fry well
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2.5 cups of corn flakes crushed, preferably honey nut
1 teaspoon cinnamon
vegetable oil for deep frying
whipped cream (optional)
chocolate syrup (optional)
4 cherries (optional)

Divide the ice cream into 4 equal portions. Form the ice cream portions into balls. Place them on a freezer safe plate. They should not be touching each other. Return them to the freezer until firm, one hour usually.

In a small bowl beat the egg and vanilla together. In a large plate mix together the cinnamon and corn flakes.

Remove the ice cream balls from the freezer. Dip each ball in the egg mixture and then roll it in the cereal mixture. Return each ball to the freezer for another hour. Do not throw away the remaining egg and cereal mixture.

After one hour remove the balls from the freezer and repeat the dipping and rolling process. Return to the freezer and this time leave them there several hours or even over night until frozen solid.

In an electric deep fryer or large pot, heat the oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry the ice cream balls 1 at a time for fifteen seconds or till golden brown. Do not try to do them all at once. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately. Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and cherry as desired.
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