Recipe: Caramel Fried Ice Cream

Caramel Fried Ice Cream
1 quart vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flaked coconut, finely chopped
2 cups finely crushed cornflakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Caramel Sauce
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup evaporated milk
Oil (for deep fat frying)

Using a 1/2 cup ice cream scoop, place 8 scoops of ice cream on a baking sheet. Cover and freeze for 2 hours or until firm.

In a bowl, combine whipping cream and vanilla extract. In another bowl, combine coconut, cornflakes and cinnamon. Remove ice cream from freezer; wearing plastic gloves, shape ice cream into balls. Dip balls into cream mixture, then roll in coconut mixture, making sure to coat entire surface. Place coated ball on a baking sheet, cover and freeze for at least 3 hours or until firm.

For Caramel Sauce, heat sugar in heavy saucepan over medium heat until partially melted and golden, stirring occasionally. Add butter. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 8 minutes, or until sauce is thick and golden; keep warm.

Heat oil in an electric skillet or deep fat fryer to 375 degrees F. Fry ice cream balls until golden, about 30 seconds. Drain on paper towels.

Serve immediately with Caramel Sauce.

Makes 8 servings.