This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Breyers. All opinions are 100% mine.
You know those foods that make you nostalgic? Creamsicle ice cream pops, push pops, fudgsicles… I may have an ice cream issue here… But seriously though, food can be so closely tied to our memories. Exactly the reason why I haven’t been able to eat fish since I was expecting my first daughter 13+ years ago…. Good memories too. For me, figs and hazelnuts are up at the top of the happy nostalgia list. Living in the area of the world where they are grown for 9 years made them a big part of my life. So this fig and roasted hazelnut ice cream dessert is a great way to bring back those memories. And even if you don’t have memories of picking figs off trees while you walked down the street with your kids, it’s still incredibly delicious.
Fun fact for you… Breyers Ice Cream is celebrating its 150th birthday. Yup, 150 years of ice cream memories!
Breyers has partnered with celebrity chef Curtis Stone and his wife, actress Lindsay Price Stone, to create 12 recipes featuring Breyers Natural Vanilla, inspired by every month of the year, to give families a way to celebrate birthdays and special occasions with Breyers all year long. All Breyers vanilla is real and from sustainably farmed, Rainforest Alliance Certified™ vanilla beans.
This Spice Roasted Figs with Hazelnuts and Vanilla Ice Cream is just one of their yummy creations and they’ve asked me to share it with you. Breyers only sources milk and cream from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones*
If you have never tried figs, you are totally missing out. I went to four grocery stores to find these sweet, tender fruits and it was completely worth it! (You may want to call your grocery store first, so that you aren’t standing in the middle of the aisle quizzing the grocer on when they are going to the next shipment of figs.)
Ingredients needed for the Fig and Hazelnut Ice Cream Dessert:
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. each ground cinnamon, ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
8 ripe figs, halved lengthwise
1 1/3 cups Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream
1/4 cup blanched hazelnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
We added a little bit of fun to the project by toasting our own hazelnuts since I couldn’t find them already toasted. Freshly toasted hazelnuts are amazing. You need to try it!!
Once you have toasted your hazelnuts or bought pre-toasted ones, position the broiler rack 6 inches from heat source and preheat your broiler. Then, line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Mix together the sugar and spices.
Slice the figs in half and dip, cut side down into the sugar mixture.
Place the figs with the cut side up on the baking sheet.
Then, place in the broiler for 4 minutes or until the sugar starts to caramelize and the juices from the figs start leaking.
Place 2 figs in each bowl, along with 1/3 cup Breyers Vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts.
While eating these I was transported through the many airplane rides that serve hazelnuts as a snack, walking down a broken sidewalk overlooking an ancient city and picking figs off the public trees. If you don’t have an already awesome memory of hazelnuts and figs, I highly recommend starting with this one! Get together with your family and create some memories!
Get the full recipe and detailed instructions on the Breyers website.
*Suppliers of other ingredients such as cookies, candies & sauces may not be able to make this pledge. The FDA states that no significant difference has been shown between dairy derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST treated cows.