One of my true valued memories from earlier years is enjoying time at the Disney Inn at the Walt Disney World Resort. Originally known as Disney’s Golf Resort, and now known as Shades of Green, this property offered relaxing respite from the crowds at the Florida Disney Parks.
A highlight of any visit to the Disney Inn was to enjoy lunch or dinner at the resort’s Garden Gallery restaurant and finish off the meal with their famous Fried Ice Cream!
This icy cold, hot from the oven treat can be recreated here using this recipe:
French Fried Ice Cream
1 pint vanilla ice cream
2 egg whites
3 tablespoons almond paste
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
Oil for frying
3 cups milk
¼ cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
4 tablespoons water
1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
4 10-inch flour tortillas
Fresh fruit optional
Whipped Cream optional
Scoop out 4 balls of ice cream. Return to freezer and freeze until very hard.
- Blend egg whites and almond paste until smooth.
- Dip Ice Cream balls into the almond paste mixture, then coat heavily with graham cracker crumbs. (For thicker coating, repeat rolling in crumbs.) Make sure you completely seal in the ice cream.
- Again, freeze until very hard
- When ready to serve, pour about 3 inches of oil into a large pot. Heat oil until it reaches 360 F on a candy thermometer.
- Fry the tortilla shells, one at a time, until golden brown.
- As each one is removed from the oil, immediately place it over the outside of a 6-inch bowl and shape while warm. The tortilla will hold its shape when it cools slightly.
Using a fryer basket or perforated spoon, fry each ice cream ball in the same oil until golden brown, about 15 – 20 seconds. Balls will be crunchy on the outside and just beginning to melt on the inside.
- Remove immediately and drain.
- Place fried ice cream in tortilla shell and serve immediately with the vanilla sauce and fresh fruit and whipped cream if desired.
For Vanilla Sauce
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine milk and sugar. Heat until almost to a boil
- Dissolve cornstarch in water and add to saucepan
- Bring mixture to a boil stirring constantly
- Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens to desired consistency
- Let cool and blend in vanilla
How to Find the Best Food When You Travel
Vacations, even simple weekend getaways, can be full of adventure — that’s part of the great appeal, after all — but it is the food you eat along with your adventure, that will truly make your vacation…or turn it into a nightmare.
If you desire to vacation in true bliss and enjoy delicious, high-quality meals on your next trip then check out these four apps for different travel needs that can direct you to the best places to savor a great meal.
- When you’re stuck at the airport. Usually, airports are not known for their culinary quality, although that’s changing in some places. GateGuru is an app developed by TripAdvisor that is a full-on airport genie for your phone. With this app, you can check in, check your flight status, get a rental car, see maps of individual airports — and you can get lists of restaurants in the airport and see reviews from fellow travelers. (Free, iOS and Android).
- When you want to know what you’d love. App developers have a knack for creating complex algorithms that essentially “get to know you” by analyzing your previous food choices. Foodspotting (free, iOS and Android) delivers up choices based on specific dishes you’ve indicated you loved (or hated) before.
- When you’re looking for advice from the experts. If you’re suspicious of crowdsourcing opinions on the best food, why not consult those who know best? ChefsFeed allows you to pick a major city (featuring major US cities, plus several Canadian cities, and London, with more coming soon), and up pops dishes that top chefs in that city would recommend from their favorite restaurants. (Free, iOS)
- When you want to know what the heck you’re eating. You might like a little mystery when you’re ordering in a foreign country — but maybe not too much, right? WordLens started as a standalone app and is now a part of Google Translate. It uses your phone’s video camera and optical character recognition to make translations in real time when you hold your phone up to the text. Even better? It doesn’t require a network connection to work, so when you’re visiting that quaint little hill town in Umbria, you can still know what’s on the menu. It’s currently available for Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Portuguese. (Free, iOS and Android, each language pack is $5.95)
Make the most of your trip and the food you enjoy while on your next adventure! Give one (or more!) of these apps a try and let me know what you think.
For other similar travel tips we look forward to customizing your next vacation with thoughts and ideas that will maximize your travel enjoyment. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 303.317.6945 to let us help you plan your next travel getaway!