GMA: Alex Guarnaschelli Old-School Comfort Food
Alex Guarnaschelli came by Good Morning America April 11 2013 to talk about her new cookbook, Old-School Comfort Food. Alex Guarnaschelli said that her mother was a cookbook editor, and that really made her not want to write a cookbook. The example she used was that if your dad was Steven Spielberg, you’d never want to make a movie. But she eventually decided to do it and now she’s everywhere from Iron Chef to being top chef at two New York City restaurants.
Awkwardly, GMA once again had two of their tallest anchors standing by Alex Guarnaschelli, who looked like she was either on the short side or Josh Elliott and Sam Champion are both giants. Possibly both? Josh Elliott professed his love for Alex Guarnaschelli because of how much he loved her food.
GMA: Alex Guarnaschelli Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches & Good Comfort Food
For some reason, while Alex Guarnaschelli cooked this delicious recipe, Sam Champion took the entire bowl of chocolate for himself and ate it while Josh Elliott asked all the interview questions and helped her roll the insides. Alex Guarnaschelli called it him a “very charming chocolate thief.”
Alex Guarnaschelli Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Ingredients:
- 2½ ounces semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped (heaping 1/2 cup)
- 1½ ounces unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped (about 1/3 cup) cut into pieces
- 3 tablespoons lightly salted butter, plus more for the pan
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 pint ice cream
Alex Guarnaschelli Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Directions:
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Grease two baking sheets with butter.
- In a medium bowl, combine chocolate and butter.
- Fill a pot that will tightly hold the bowl with one inch of water. Bring the water to a boil and then lower the heat, so the water is hot but no longer boiling. Place the medium bowl in the pot, being careful not to let the water touch the bowl. This is your makeshift double boiler. Stir chocolate mixture with a spatula from time to time, until everything is melted, then remove from heat. It’s this mixture that Sam Champion was chowing down on, so if you have any chocolate thieves around, make sure to guard your treasure.
- Beat an egg in a bowl with an electric mixture on high speed for one minute, then add the sugar and vanilla. Beat until the mixture is thickened and becomes a pale yellow color, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the chocolate mixture. Mix gently with a rubber spatula.
- Combine the flour and baking powder and then stir into the chocolate. Add salt and stir that in as well. Stir until everything is mixed together.
- Drop one tablespoon lumps of the cookie batter onto baking sheets, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between the cookies. There should be about 18 cookies total, or 9 per baking sheet. Bake for 4 minutes, then rotate pan and bake until the cookies spread and crack slightly, about 4 more minutes. Then, let cookies cool on the pan for about 15 minutes before transferring to a cool plate.
- Assemble the sandwiches by scooping a huge tablespoon of ice cream onto cookies and press into a two inch thick shape. Then top it with another cookie.