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Heard Of A Dessert Called Buckle? Not Me!

By Lakshmi:

A recent issue of Oprah Magazine had a recipe for a Raspberry Buckle.  A buckle?  Isn’t that what appears on belts and shoes?  Is that really a type of food?  Yup. Not only is it a food, it is a dessert… and as a  presumed dessert connoisseur, I was clueless about this genre.

The recipe was even simpler.  Take some vanilla ice cream, blend it with self-raising flour and some oil, and presto, you have a cake base that gets topped with any or all of your favorite berries, gets baked for 30 minutes, and emerges as this amazing concoction to serve with coffee!

Simple, efficient and beautiful to look at.  Take a look at the picture above and tell me if you agree.

Have you baked a buckle? How do you think it is similar or different to other desserts in its genre?  And did you use ice-cream in your recipe or was that simply the genius of the cooking staff at Oprah Magazine?

I will keep away from new recipes and cooking magazines for a few days.  Because if I continue to bake at this rate, I may not be able to buckle my belt too much longer.

To see the recipe for the amazingly simple buckle we created with blackberries, click here:


Riva Reno – Divine Gelato in Milan

By Lakshmi:

If life or work finds you in Milan, you absolutely have to try that divine Italian creation called gelato which makes you redefine what you might call good ice-cream.  We have heard lines of prose and poetry dedicated to the the great artists of the Renaissance and what they were able to create across media.  In my opinion, it is absolutely right to shower as much praise on that humble combination of milk, cream, sugar and flavorings that the Italians have elevated to an art form.

As mentioned in earlier posts, my first exposure to gelato was with an Italian friend in Milan and despite having many a lip smacking gelato since then, the fond memories of that trip to Milan filled with an array of gelato stores and flavors will always hold a special place in my heart.

At Riva Reno, I ordered two scoops of gelato – Cioccolato Fondente and the Limone.  Two flavors a world apart and yet simply superb in the subliminal experience they created on your taste buds.  The Cioccolato serving the rich, smooth taste of superb chocolate in what could be termed as a chocolate lover’s dream and the Limone with its just plucked taste of lemon waking up every sense in your taste bud.  This was not ice cream that you just ate to fulfill your sweet tooth.  This was dessert that you appreciated slightly more with every spoon, where each serving on your palate felt like it was kicking another sense of appreciation into play.

It would be an understatement to say I loved Riva Reno.  The place capitulated the humble ice cream to new heights.  I went back on subsequent visits to try the Pistacchio and Zabalione and both delighted.

Take a virtual journey through their flavors here and do put this on your must do experiences in Milan.

PS.  Their English language site is not ready, but when has dessert ever needed a language?


Coolhaus Takes Ice Cream Truck Offerings to a New Level

A Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwich

By Lakshmi:

It was the perfect 4th of July.  We walked around Union Square Market, had lunch at Tortaria and were ready for dessert and decided to chose between the four ice cream/frozen yogurt offering trucks parked smack in front of Union Square.

The Coolhaus truck caught my attention with its unique name.  As explained on the truck, it was a play on three different words: Bauhaus: a modernist design movement, Rem Koolhas: the Dutch architect, and hand cookhouse: an icecream sandwich with a cookie floor and roof and icecream walls.  Who would have thought of that?  A later googling session revealed that the founder of this brand was an architect out of UCLA who started her business with a remodelled postal truck during the recession.

Now on to the ice cream.  The whole concept is based on creating your custom ice cream sandwich.  You pick a cookie type, pick an ice cream, and presto you have a custom made ice cream sandwich.  The cookie varieties span the spectrum from chocolate chip and peanut butter to gluten free coconut almond (and includes vegan ones) and the ice cream flavors range from the usual to the more unusual ones like Red Velvet Cupcake.

Let me warn you that the ice cream is not cheap.  It is six dollars for a sandwich, but this is no mini ice cream sandwich.  It is a colossal treat packed with ice cream and even for an ardent dessert lover like me, finishing it took time and left me completely stuffed.

We tried the Gluten Free Coconut Almond Cookie with Dirty Mint Ice Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookie with the Nutella Ice Cream and Double Chocolate Chocolate Cookie with Lemon Ice Cream.  Each of our sandwiches were very good and Siddhi proclaimed that this was the best gluten free dessert she had ever had.

So, if life or work finds you on a hot, sunny day in the NYC, LA or other areas where Coolhaus has its trucks parked, do take some time to indulge in an ice cream sandwich.

To learn more about Coohaus, their offerings and locations, click here: