As a kid, there was nothing that completed a summer day by the pool like the song of an approaching ice cream truck. While most of my friends would switch up their selections each time (between Astro Pops, Creamsicles and Klondike Bars), I'd always go with a Drumstick. And up until this past weekend, I didn't think there was much room for improvement - it's essentially a glorified ice cream cone that's topped with crushed nuts and rimmed with a chocolately inside. But it turns out, you can. I made vanilla bean ice cream and followed these instructions for assembling my own that turned out to be far superior to the already near-perfect originals.
I like the idea of granola, but often find the texture stale, and the flavors cloying and artificial. I've wanted to bake some from scratch for quite some time, but I wasn't convinced that it could make that much of a difference. I was wrong. I followed a simple recipe (here)* ...read more