I recall a time in my early 20’s when I was making countless solo road trips back to Winnipeg in my two-door, white Acura Integra. Looking back, it feels like I was sleeping in my Aunty Wendy’s spare room more than in my own bed. When it came time to head home, she always made sure I had some road snacks. I’d take a can of pop or maybe a small bag of chips. But sometimes she would pack me something a little more fancy.
And when I say fancy, I mean gourmet french cheese and fruit. If you know my Aunty Wendy, you’re not surprised by this in the slightest. I mean, the woman basically invented Glamping, but that’s a story for another time.
Anywho, she would fill a ziplock with brie wedges, grapes and apples. I’ve come to refer to these special packages as Gourmet Road Snacks. Just a little fancier than Famous Amos Cookies and a can of Ginger Ale, eh?
Ever since my first Gourmet Road Snack, I’ve been hooked on brie. I adore its creamy texture and versatility. Sweet, savoury, baked, or as a snack with fruit and nuts – it’s all good in my books. However, my new favourite way to enjoy this delightfully soft French cheese is a little unusual – Brie ice cream.
That’s right, cheese in your ice cream. My love for cheese knows no bounds. I mean, they don’t call me the cheese lady at Schoolhaus for nothin’. And because I own an ice cream maker but have only used it once and found it to be a pain in the ass, I made this a NO CHURN brie ice cream. You. Are. Welcome!
No churn Brie ice cream is a fabulous treat on its own, but is even better when you swirl in some roasted summer strawberries. I picked up some berries from a roadside fruit stand on the side of the #1 hwy on my way home from Winnipeg not too long ago. I sprinkled them with a little sugar, popped them into the oven until they were soft and the pan was filling with juices. I let them cool, and swirled them into the Brie ice cream.
As I sit out on the back patio, soaking in the last little bit of summer, I’m indulging in the last of the Brie ice cream all to myself. I was feeling daring and drizzled balsamic vinegar over the ice cream. It was the best decision I made all day. Pure summer perfection.