Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Trio of Sundae Solemnities

When the Church enters Ordinary Time after the feast of Pentecost, our time to celebrate is gratefully not over. The two Sundays following Pentecost are solemnities honoring the Most Holy Trinity, and the Corpus Christi , or Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. The following Friday, the Church celebrates the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which our family likes to honor after Mass on the Sunday of that week. I have always wanted to come up with an idea for an ice cream treat, or sundae, to celebrate each of these Sundays as, in my mind, they sort of usher in the beginning of summer. With a little help from a friend, I was able to come up with a trio of sundaes to celebrate these upcoming feasts. I am delighted for the opportunity to share them here at Catholic Cuisine.

For Trinity Sunday:

Three in One Sundaes
  • Neapolitan Ice Cream: The three flavors in one represent the Three Persons of our One God.
  • Chocolate Syrup, Strawberry Topping, and Whipped Cream: These represent each of the three flavors of the ice cream individually, just like the Father, Son and Holy Spirit each manifest one of God's Three Persons.

For Corpus Christi Sunday:

Bread and Wine a la Mode

  • white chocolate bread pudding (recipe follows): to represent the bread
  • warm blueberry or blackberry syrup (homemade or store bought) in wine glasses: this can be poured over the bread pudding after it is served to represent the wine
  • coconut ice cream or sherbet: this can be placed on top the bread pudding, and used to surprise your family...what looks like vanilla ice cream is actually something else--a reminder that the bread and wine we receive at Mass appears to be bread and wine, but has actually become the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus
White Chocolate Bread Pudding:

6 c whipping cream
2c milk
1c sugar
12 oz white chocolate
15 egg yolks
4 whole eggs
1/2 c whipping cream
8 oz white chocolate

Cut or tear 24 in of french bread into chunks. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 275 for ten minutes.

Heat whipping cream, sugar and milk just until bubbling at the edges. Add white chocolate and stir until melted.

Slowly add hot mixture to eggs while whipping steadily.

Place bread into a 9x13 baking dish and pour half of the liqid mixture over bread and press until absorbed. Pour remaining liquid over bread and cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 1 hour on 350. Remove foil and bake an additional 30 min until golden brown. Let cool and set for a little while before slicing.

For the Feast of the Sacred Heart:

Heart Aflame Sundaes

  • Strawberry ice cream or sherbet (to represent Jesus' heart)
  • peach slices arranged like flames on top (I used canned peaches in the photo above, but fresh would give that red edge to make it ever so much more flame like)
  • chocolate chips or sprinkles across the middle to represent the crown of thorns
I hope you enjoy the chance to step into summer with the Church as we rejoice in the goodness of our God! Blessings to you all.

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  1. Wow, I love these ice cream ideas, so easy and so summery!

  2. I love this!!!! Thanks, Colleen.

  3. I'm drooling over the thoughts of white chocolate bread pudding with coconut ice cream! Mmmmmmmm!

  4. Thank you for all the wonderful and yummy inspirations! I like to pass on this Sunshine award.

  5. Colleen, this is brilliant!!! I am all about the simple right now.

  6. Yep, simple is certainly good. In this case, it's also delicious!

    I'm with Charlotte. That bread pudding sounds like it's to die-and-go-to-heaven for.

    ('Cause, um, that's the goal. Right?)

  7. It all looks so wonderfully scrumptious! LOVE the idea of ice cream THREE Sunday's in a row!
    Maybe strategically sliced strawberries instead of peaches on the Heart Aflame Sundae would be another option?

  8. I can't wait to try some of these yummy ideas but since we are in the midst of a busy baseball season, neopolitan ice cream sandwiches and bomb pops (red, white and blue) were our reminder of the Blessed Trinity!

  9. This is quite an old post but I can't let slip the mistake I've noticed: the author writes (a couple times) about the three natures of God. That should be corrected to Three PERSONS in God and ONE Divine NATURE.
    (This is meant as a gentle correction!)

    1. Thank you for pointing this out! The author is no longer a contributor and I'm only just now seeing your comment. Logging in to make the correction!