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Knickerbocker Glory

Harry had the best morning he’d had in a long time. He was careful to walk a little way apart from the Dursleys so that Dudley and Piers, who were starting to get bored with the animals by lunchtime, wouldn’t fall back on their favorite hobby of hitting him. They ate in the zoo restaurant, and when Dudley had a tantrum because his knickerbocker glory didn’t have enough ice cream on top, Uncle Vernon bought him another one and Harry was allowed to finish the first. 

Harry felt, afterward, that he should have known it was all too good to last.

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You didn’t think I was going to talk all about my time England and NOT blabber on about Harry Potter, did you? Naive Muggle fools! Muahahaha.

Traveling through the UK was like walking through the pages of all of my favorite children’s books. I got to visit castles that looked just like Hogwarts, Kensington Gardens (the birthplace of Peter Pan), and even King’s Cross (including the real Platform 9 3/4!). Now that I’m back, I cannot wait to pay these favorite books another visit while imagining them taking place at the very spots where I stood!

Knickerbocker glory is probably my favorite single food item from the HP series, immortalized in a line about Dudley throwing a tantrum “because his knickerbocker glory didn’t have enough ice cream on top” (anybody who knows me at all also knows that I love quoting that line in everyday conversations about ice cream). Until I traveled to the UK last month, however, I had never tried the famed treat–which, of course, only hardened my resolution that I would do so in the native land that had popularized it. It wasn’t until our last day in England that the coveted opportunity popped up in York, where we were grabbing dinner after the horse races.… Read more

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Fried Ice Cream Cake

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Who’s ready for summer? I am SO ready for summer.

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As you’ve probably surmised from the dearth of recent blog posts, life lately has been busier lately than the ball pit at Chuck E. Cheese’s in the middle of birthday season. These past two weeks, I’ve flown home for a 24-hour stint, seen Young the Giant perform live, hosted my wonderful friend and her sister at my place for several glorious days, won the Family Cup with my global sibs group, gone to see a soccer match between my two “home” teams, attended our school’s annual musical showcase, and busted my butt to scrap/rewrite a starting draft of my next dissertation chapter section. That last one in particular still has me reeling on me feet, but thankfully no hellfire or brimstone spewed forth when I brought it in to my advisor meeting yesterday.

Phew!

With only two weeks left in the school year, though, my mind is already wayyy into summer mode–if you haven’t already guessed by this AMAZING summer-inspired fried ice cream cake that I’ve busted out for y’all. I’ve also been making this summer’s epic to-do list, which looks a little something like…

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1. Take a spontaneous journey somewhere unexpected.

2. Spend an entire lazy day at the beach.

3. Travel outside of California.

4. Go camping, with real tents and campfire s’mores and stuff.

5. Eat lots of ice cream.

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6. Go to a concert.

7. Stargaze. Dance under the stars.

8. Host a movie marathon night.

9. Read a book…for fun!

10. Eat oodles of ice cream.

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11. Send care packages to my friends.

12. Try 5 new restaurants.

13. Plan a surprise for someone.

14. Watch the sunrise and sunset on the same day.… Read more

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No-Churn Cake Batter Ice Cream

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Every time my friends and I visit the ice cream parlor, there are a few flavors I will always avoid as a matter of principle. Bubble gum. Cotton candy. Cake Batter.

GUYS, DO NOT AVOID THE CAKE BATTER.

Granted, I don’t know if I would order it at an ice cream shop even now–to be honest, all the preservatives and artificial flavors in storebought cake batter ice cream kind of creep me out. I mean, eating baked cake is one thing–raw, unadulterated preservatives are another. But then I had this awesome opportunity to make my own at home using a cake mix that boasts no colors, preservatives, or artificial flavors, and wow. Just…wow.

Guys, you won’t even want to avoid this no-churn cake batter ice cream! Four minutes from start to freezer is all it takes, I promise.

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My big confession here is that I don’t own an ice cream maker–whiiiiich, is good news for you because that means this ice cream is churn-free, hassle-free! It starts with just a few ingredients that I bet you’ve got sitting in your pantry right now, like:

  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Powdered sugar
  • Pillsbury Purely Simple white cake mix (lookee, I even haz coupons for you!!! Save $0.50 on 1 with coupon, available 10/19-11/15. Expires 11/30!)

If for some reason you’re missing any of these, I highly recommend you bust your butt to the nearest grocery store ASAP. The moment I found out a non-scary, ice-cream-safe cake mix actually existed to satiate my sudden cake batter ice cream craving, I jogged the whole 2 miles to Ralph’s and raided their cake mix section for a few boxes of that adorable dough boy mix:

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So am I a fan?… Read more

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Peach Crumble Frozen Delight

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I always knew that I was a fan of the frozen dessert, but THIS. Two weeks ago this dessert happened and I immediately considered abandoning all of my life’s responsibilities & relationships and diving headfirst into a committed romance with this dessert.

Of course, I’m pretty sure I say this exact phrase about once a week, but I really mean it right now. I swear on my entire vintage collection of Disney animated VCR tapes. I mean of course I don’t REALLY because that collection is freakin’ awesome, but still.

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The awesome thing about this Peach Crumble Frozen Delight is–well, how could I narrow it down to just one thing? For starters, I made this dessert completely in the dark.

Yep, it was 3 AM and I had a bad case of insomnia and, as luck would have it, my kitchen light had gone out the evening before and the repairman wasn’t slated to arrive until the following morning to fix it. So, as a relatively intelligent grad student who’s had 20+ years of schooling under my belt, what do I do next?

Hint: it’s not “get the living room lamp.”

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I ended up whipping together the filling, baking the streusel, and layering up this entire frozen dessert with nothing more than the occasional light from my ajar refrigerator door–which, for the record, is not very much light at all. (Note to anyone looking to try this: hindsight is 20/20, and apparently knives are just as sharp when it’s light as when it’s dark. Be careful when you’re cutting your peaches–eeks!) It’s that easy. Oh, and remember that sugar-free challenge I’ve been doing with my friend this past month, with one cheat day a week? Well, that meant that by the time I finished this crazy bake/no-bake sesh at 5 AM, I hadn’t even tried said dessert.… Read more

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Biscoff Meringue Ice Cream (No Ice Cream Maker, No Sweetened Condensed Milk, No Banana)

I know many of you may be relatively new readers at Wallflour Girl. If so, welcome back! I’ve had the opportunity to meet and chat back & forth these past weeks with so many amazing bloggers like Karen, Allison, Courtney, Matt, Monet, Rachel, and Zainab, who are all gems (you need to check out their blogs now, pronto!). Meeting new faces and writing voices is possibly my favorite part of being a desserts blogger, so please stay to say hi because I’d love to meet (or simply hear from) you!

But let’s be real. My other favorite part is probably your favorite part of blogging, too. And that’s the ice cream.

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How many of you out there don’t own an ice cream machine? Is your hand raised like mine is? It’s officially summer and I’m not sure whether this is a good thing, but hey…welcome to the no-churn club!

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As a homely dessert maker with little need for appliances (and let’s be frank–even less money with which to buy them), I never invested in an ice cream machine. For me, that’s a good hundred bucks or more that I could be spending on minor other things like, oh, I don’t know, food and shelter and clothing and books.

So while I love all the wonderful ice cream recipes swirling around the internet these days as a hot summer blossoms upon us, I’m always a little crestfallen when I click through and see the line: “Place all ingredients in ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.”

I mean, that’s like telling me that Winnie the Pooh at Disneyland isn’t actually a real character, but simply a disgruntled high school student stuffed into a suffocatingly hot suit. Where’s the magic in that?

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Butter Brickle Frozen Delight

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell

Just as sweet.

Call me wallflower girl. Does that sound sweet to you?

It’s always been a source of minor discomfort to me how fast I can turn from the happy locus of attention among a group of friends to a complete, total wallflower in other social situations. Even when I’m ostensibly happily immersed in a large-group conversation, I can just as easily be that awkward person standing between two people who are having a really great discussion.The only things that make it slightly less great are that…

1) they’re having the discussion across you instead of with you,

2) you’re already part of the circle and can’t leave without seeming rude, so you have to stand there and politely nod at some neutral viewing space between the two people with a look as glazed as a fresh donut,

3) the said conversationists will inevitably give you an acknowledging glance every, oh, half a minute or so, to let you know that they know you’re still there. And that they’re maybe trying to include you. But you’ve been so busy staring at the back of somebody else’s head for the past 30 seconds that you don’t know what they were talking about anyway, and so you just smile.

4) You find out you were smiling while they were talking about something super serious. Like the resurgence of the bubonic plague in a remote corner of New Zealand or something. And then you just feel pretty dumb.

Social situations and I can sometimes get along like, say, water and oil that has caught on fire. For your reference, apparently you’re not supposed to throw water on a stovetop on which oil has flamed up. Instant flambe.… Read more

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