Carlos Banditos Deep-Fried Ice Cream
3 to 3 1/2 cups cornflakes
1 gallon vanilla ice cream (about)
12 long cinnamon sticks
3 plus cups beer
5 1/3 cups flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
8 eggs, separated
1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus oil to fry ice cream balls (divided)
Cinnamon sugar (for garnish)
Whipped cream (for garnish)
Honey (for garnish)
Deep fried tortilla strips coated with cinnamon and sugar
Start this dish one day before serving it.
To make ice cream balls, put cornflakes in shallow dish. Form about
12 ice cream balls with your hands, using 4 to 5 ounces of ice
cream. Each ice cream ball should be about the size of a baseball.
Roll balls in cornflakes until thoroughly coated. This will provide
insulation from the heat. Insert 1 cinnamon stick into each ice
cream ball, then place on cookie sheet. Cover tightly with plastic
wrap and freeze overnight. Ice cream must be rock hard in order to
prepare this dish.
Open beer and let sit out overnight to become flat.
On the second day, make batter. Mix flour and sugar in large bowl.
In another bowl, combine egg yolks with 1/4 cup oil and 3 cups
flattened beer. Mix well.
In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. This is
best to do in copper bowl. Combine beer and flour mixtures; mix
until thick dough is formed. Fold in egg whites.
Batter should be thick, but if it is elastic dribble more flat beer
into it and mix until desired consistency is achieved. If batter is
too thin, it won't stay on the ice cream ball. Batter is good for
three days, but may separate. If it separates prior to use, whisk to
To prepare, put 6 inches of oil in deep fry pan or large pot and
heat to 375 degrees F. Gently coat ice cream ball with batter, being
careful not to pull cinnamon stick out of ball.
When balls are coated, gently drop into oil, one at a time, being
careful not to let balls stick to sides of pan or frying basket.
Submerge balls completely by holding onto cinnamon stick. Balls are
done when golden brown, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
As ice cream balls are fried, set each aside to drain on multiple
thickness of paper towels until all are done. Before serving, pour
honey over top of each ball, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and
pipe whipped cream around the base. Serve immediately with tortilla
Makes 12 servings.
Source: Carlos Banditos, Fish