Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Esquimaux Pops for Grown-Ups

I made this week’s recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie twice. Yes. it’s that good but I also had issues with the way my “Esquimaux Pops” looked 🙁 This is basically a recipe for no-churn ice cream (Esquimau is a national brand of this type of ice cream pop in France) made from an egg custard base whipped with lots of heavy cream and a touch of alcohol (I used CrĂšme de Cassis once and Bailey’s a second time) to keep the mixture from freezing too hard.  In France, where I made these the first time, I only had access to dollar store popsicle molds and they didn’t work out so well in my less than powerful freezer.  They froze up beautifully – if a little too hard – but were difficult to remove from the molds “cleanly”. I mean they tasted fabulous but weren’t the prettiest. Dorie suggests coating these with “hard crack” (i.e. Magic Shell/ Ice Magic) chocolate but that requires coconut oil which I didn’t have in the house in France. No matter, we ate them anyway!

Dorie Greenspan Esquimaux pop on eatlivetravelwrite.comOn returning home, one of the first things I did was to whip up a half batch of the ice cream because I had an idea for an alternate presentation…  As soon as the ice cream was hard enough to scoop, I used my mini cookie scoop to make tiny truffle-like ice cream balls. Then I made Dorie’s hard-crack chocolate and dipped them in. Oh, my….

Dorie Greenspan Esquimaux pop made into truffles on eatlivetravelwrite.comTHIS is the way this ice-cream needs to be enjoyed in my opinion! The ice cream is fairly rich so a smaller serving coated with the chocolate shell is perfect. These last (if you can resist!) a week or so in the fridge – they might turn frosty in the meantime but once they are removed from the freezer and sit at room temperature for a few minutes, their shine returns.  The chocolate shell is exactly how you remember it from when you were a kid (though I’d love to know what you could use instead of coconut oil as it does flavour the chocolate quite strongly).

Aren’t they cute?

Dorie Greenspan Esquimaux truffles on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’ll be making both the chocolate shell and the ice cream again, I am certain. Together and separately.

Get the recipe for Dorie’s Esquimaux Pops for Grownups here or on p 386 of Baking Chez Moi. The recipe for the Magic Shell can be found here or on p 445 of Baking Chez Moi.

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20 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Esquimaux Pops for Grown-Ups

  1. Nicole August 23, 2016 at 06:41 #

    I love your idea for the second go-round. They remind me of the little ice cream bon bons my mother used to eat when I was a kid. Your dollar store molds worked better than by $5 molds from Bed Bath and Beyond… I couldn’t get them out at all!

    • Mardi Michels August 23, 2016 at 07:21 #

      Yes my mum used to make little ice cream bon bons too! I know I’ll be making them again!

  2. Diane Zwang August 23, 2016 at 13:38 #

    What a great idea Mardi. I will have to try the chocolate dipped version when I get a chance to make these. Glad they were a hit and I look forward to making them.

    • Mardi Michels August 23, 2016 at 15:13 #

      The chocolate dipping brings them to a whole new level!

  3. Cakelaw August 23, 2016 at 18:03 #

    Oooh, now these icecream balls look fabulous – yes, please.

  4. Zosia August 23, 2016 at 18:29 #

    Those look scrumptious!

  5. Jennifer August 24, 2016 at 09:15 #

    I need these, now!

    • Mardi Michels August 24, 2016 at 16:47 #

      They are excellent. I am enjoying one with a coffee as I type this!

  6. Christine August 24, 2016 at 10:56 #

    They look yummy!
    Did you fine a substitute for the coconut oil?

    • Mardi Michels August 24, 2016 at 16:47 #

      Nope, not yet! I JUST made these last week but I am working on it!

  7. steph (whisk/spoon) August 27, 2016 at 14:18 #

    i love those bon-bons– too cute and of course I’m sure too delicious! (I wonder…would vegetable oil work as well as coconut oil?)

    • Mardi Michels August 28, 2016 at 08:05 #

      I need to try that as soon as I’m done with my first photo shoot for the book – they sound like an excellent way to celebrate!

  8. Tucsonbabe August 29, 2016 at 21:27 #

    Wonderful post Mardi. Thank you.

    I made the bonbons with the crack chocolate rather than the ice pops and they were greeted with accolades by our Sunday dinner guests.

    They reminded me of the frozen “bonbons” that we used to be able to buy in the movie theater many years ago. These, of course, were much better.

    For Labor Day (U.S.) I am torn between these frozen in a loaf pan and Dorie’s Marquise au Chocolat. In any event, they will both have the crack chocolate coating. My guests thank you in advance.

    • Mardi Michels August 30, 2016 at 06:06 #

      Oh YES – I remember those bonbons that you used to be able to buy like that.. So good! In terms of what to choose for Labor Day – I would say that this mixture might be a tad hard to get out of the loaf tin so go for the Marquise – that’s another of my absolute favourite desserts of Dorie’s! Enjoy!

      • Tucsonbabe August 30, 2016 at 14:39 #

        OK, the Marquise it will be!

  9. Karen Prengaman September 7, 2016 at 13:14 #

    Your little ice cream “truffles” look heavenly!

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