Vegan Thai Fried Ice Cream (ai tim tod – ไอติมทอด)
Ai tim tod (ไอติมทอด) or ice cream tod (ไอศกรีมทอด) is a stupidly easy dessert that will win hearts. You can use whatever toppings you'd like (think tuck shop sweets, sundae toppings, and fruit) but I like it simple with chocolate hazelnut sauce and golden syrup. I used black sticky rice ice cream because it's what I had, but you can use any flavour.
- Dairy free ice cream (any flavour) soft enough to scoop
- White bread crusts cut off
- Aluminium foil for wrapping
- Cooking oil for frying
- Chocolate hazelnut sauce
- Golden syrup
- Icing sugar
For each sandwich you will need two pieces of bread. Place a scoop of ice cream on one slice of bread. The quantity depends on how large the slice is, but when you fold it upwards the tallest corners should come above the halfway height of the scoop.
Use a piece of foil to help press the bread around the ice cream.
Cover with another piece of bread, ensuring all of the ice cream is encapsulated in the slices. Some areas will overlap more than others. Carefully squeeze the foil around the icecream, pressing lightly to seal the overlaps. If there is any exposed ice cream, cover it with a little tear of additional bread.The bread doesn't need to be mashed flat. So long as the ice cream is unexposed the freezing process will hold the bread in place so no ice cream leaches out when it is fried.
Freeze for at least 6 hours until very solid. Heat enough oil (medium high) to cover the frozen ice cream ball in a wok or saucepan (if you are a confident fryer you can use less oil and move the ball around while frying). Remove the ball from the freezer, unwrap from the foil, check there is no exposed ice cream (if there is cover with another tear of bread) and fry for a minute or two until crispy and golden.
Shake some icing sugar over the fried ice cream and then drizzle with chocolate sauce and golden syrup. Eat immediately.
You can also place ice cream on a slice of bread and layer an additional slice on top. Then use an bowl or cup to cut out the ice cream lump, as if using a cookie cutter. Then freeze and fry as directed in the recipe.
Leave the crusts and any remnants of bread out for a day or so until dry. Then bung them in a food processor to make breadcrumbs.