These star shaped ice cream sandwiches with orange and chocolate ice cream are perfect to make ahead of Christmas and assemble on the day, because who doesn’t love efficiency around Christmas?!
Orange Almond Chocolate Ice cream Sandwiches
Orange & Almond Biscuits
125g butter, softened
¾ cup icing sugar
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 ¼ cups plain flour, sifted
1 ¼ cups almond meal
1 litre good quality chocolate ice cream, softened
Icing sugar for dusting
Begin making your ice cream sandwiches by creaming the butter, icing sugar and orange zest with an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Add the egg and mix well. Fold in the flour and almond meal and mix to form a dough. Divide the dough in half and wrap each piece in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to rest until firm.
Preheat the oven on CircoTherm® to 160˚C. Line baking trays with baking paper. Place one piece of dough between two pieces of baking paper and roll out to 4mm in thickness. Cut the dough into star shapes using a 7cm star cutter and place onto baking trays. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until golden and cooked. Cool on trays.
Line a 20cm square pan with plastic wrap and spread the ice cream evenly into the pan. Cover the surface of the ice cream directly with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, preferably overnight. Using the same star cutter used for the biscuits, cut the ice cream into 8 shapes. Sandwich the ice cream between the biscuits and dust with icing sugar before serving.
Note, the ice cream can be sandwiched between the biscuits then covered and returned to the freezer until ready to serve.
This recipe makes 40 biscuits. Left over biscuits can be stored in an air-tight container and served dusted with icing sugar or decorated with melted dark chocolate.