Prep3 hrs 20 mins
Slightly adapted recipe from the National Honey Board - this decadent dessert is easy to whip together - layering chocolate ice cream, peanut butter parfait and rich, dark chocolate sauce.
- To prepare chocolate sauce: in a small saucepan, combine 2/3 cup honey, 1/2 cup cream, cocoa powder and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, over medium heat, until mixture is well blended and smooth. Set aside; cool to room temperature.
- Using a 9-inch springform pan: place parchment paper at bottom and spread a thin layer of honey around inside pan with spatula. Now the lady fingers will stick to the side. Gently press lady fingers, curved side facing out, upright around sides of springform pan. Pack ice cream in even layer into bottom of pan; freeze while preparing peanut butter mixture.
- In medium bowl, mix peanut butter, cream cheese, remaining 2/3 cup honey and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract until well blended. Whip remaining 1/2 cup cream until soft peaks form; fold into peanut butter mixture. Spread peanut butter mixture over chocolate ice cream layer in pan. Top evenly with cooled chocolate sauce. Freeze for 2 to 3 hours, or until firm, before serving.
This is a rich and decadent dessert. I recommend freezing it overnight as it's even better the more solid it becomes. Also that way the ice cream doesn't melt so fast on the plate. I actually used a 1.75 quart of chocolate ice cream (it's what I had bought) and found the ratio was about perfect. This taller chocolate layer helped balance the two top layers which are very rich. For the ladyfingers I used a 7 oz. package of Alesso brand cookies which contained 24 ladyfingers. This was the right number to fit around the pan but I had to cut down the size of the ladyfingers so they weren't too tall. This would be a great party dessert. You can slice into 24 pieces, leaving plenty for people who will want seconds! [Made for Pick-A-Chef 2013]