Very Easy, Make Ahead, and Everyone Loves It.
Well, here’s a dessert that’s wonderful for several reasons. First of all, it can be made way ahead of time because it keeps in the freezer for a couple of weeks. Then, no baking is required and it’s easy as can be to put together. But by far, the most important aspect is that it is scrumptious. No exaggeration here. We find this to be irresistible. Not the most sophisticated recipe I’ve ever made, but it’s right up there with the most loved.
I make the crust layer by blitzing one box of Lorna Doone shortbread cookies and a little sugar in the food processor. After it’s processed finely, I add a whole cup of salted peanuts and only process them until they’re medium fine. I like little pieces of peanuts in the crust. My son has been using the microwave to brown butter and it works beautifully, so we used it here and and stirred it into the crumbs. After pressing it into a greased and parchment lined 13 x 9 dish, it goes into the freezer for a half hour.
I then spread an 18 ounce jar of raspberry jam over the crust and put it back into the freezer for 20 minutes or so. A half gallon of vanilla ice cream goes on next and back into the freezer it goes.
The fudge topping is one of my favorite parts. You combine chocolate, sugar, butter, and heavy cream in a sauce pan and let it bubble for 4 minutes. Add vanilla, a tiny bit of coconut extract, and let it cool to room temperature. The coconut extract was suggested by my son because he loves the combination of coconut and raspberry. It really rounds out the flavor of the sauce and I highly recommend you use it. You don’t notice a discernible coconut flavor. It simply enhances the flavor of the overall dessert. You can tell by the ingredients that it’s going to taste great, but after it’s spread on top and is frozen, it takes on a gooey, almost fudge-like consistency that is remarkably delicious.
Everyone who’s ever tasted this loves it. It seems to hit the right note for all ages. While I did mention that it keeps for a couple of weeks, it’s never come close to lasting that long in my home. This thing disappears quickly. For good reason.