REBECCA’S BIRTHDAY BOMBE

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REBECCA’S BIRTHDAY BOMBE

by | Dec 24, 2021

Our family has three birthdays to celebrate in November, so in addition to other holiday treats, I have an opportunity to prepare one Rebecca’s Birthday Bombe for each birthday girl or boy. For those of you who don’t know what a bombe is, here’s Wikipedia’s explanation. “A bombe glacée, or simply a bombe in English, is an ice cream dessert frozen in a spherical mold so as to resemble a cannonball, hence the name “ice cream bombe”. Escoffier gives over sixty recipes for bombes in Le Guide Culinaire. The dessert appeared on restaurant menus as early as 1882.”

I began the tradition of birthday bombes when my children were very small. My sister-in-law, Karyn, introduced me to the idea of bombes in general, and I was excited to create a personalized ice cream (cake) to replace the commercial ones.

The idea is to create three layers of the birthday celebrant’s favorite ice cream varieties separated by layers of crushed chocolate sandwich cookies. I usually just add candles, but you may want to decorate the finished bombe with sprinkles or other candy decorations of your choice. I’ve used ice cream varieties of all kinds including vegan options for these bombes.

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Rebecca’s Birthday Bombe

Create a personalized ice cream cake with layers of the birthday girl or boy's favorite flavor separated by chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs. Sing Happy Birthday and dive in!
Prep Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French Inspired
Keyword: Birthday

Equipment

  • 2 stainless steel bowls. The size will be dependent upon the bombe size that you want to create.
  • Large rolling pin and 2 dishcloths or potato masher
  • Large stainless steel spoon
  • Dinner knife or offset spatula
  • 1 or 2 additional dishcloths to assist with ice cream removal

Ingredients

  • 3 ice cream flavors of your choice The amount of ice cream that you purchase will depend upon the size of your bombe.
  • Chocolate sandwich cookies I use the ones with vanilla centers

Instructions

  • Smash the chocolate sandwich cookies(including the filling) in a stainless steel bowl with a potato masher or place the cookies between two dishcloths and roll over them with a large rolling pin until they reach the consistency that you desire. My preferred method is to use the rolling pin to get the exact consistency of the crumbled cookies that I like. Another option if you don't like any mess is to break them down in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment. This will produce a very fine grind unless you monitor it carefully. I prefer a thicker texture and it's difficult to get it just right with the food processor.
  • Remove the ice cream flavor which will be the top/outside layer of the bombe from the freezer and allow it to thaw for a few minutes.
  • Remove the ice cream packaging and cut the ice cream into thick slices.
  • Lay the slices around the bottom and sides of the second stainless steel bowl, and when the bowl is mostly covered with the ice cream, smooth any open spaces with a large stainless steel spoon. If there is ice cream remaining that you haven't used, return it to the freezer in a freezer-safe container.
  • Add a layer of cookie crumbles on top of the first layer of ice cream. Use your hands to place the crumbles around the sides.
  • Cover the bowl containing the first layer of ice cream and cookie crumbles with aluminum foil and return it to the freezer. Allow the first layer to freeze firmly. Depending upon your freezer, this should take about 20-30 minutes.
  • Remove the second flavor(layer) of ice cream from the freezer and allow it to thaw for a few minutes.
  • Remove the ice cream packaging and cut the ice cream into thick slices.
  • Remove the bowl with the first layer of ice cream from the freezer. If some of the cookie crumbles have dropped to the bottom of the bowl, add more with your hands around the sides.
  • Lay the slices on top of the first layer of ice cream and cookie crumbles, and when the bowl is mostly covered with the new slices, smooth any open spaces with the large stainless steel spoon. If there is ice cream remaining that you haven't used, return it to the freezer in a freezer safe container.
  • Add a layer of cookie crumbles on top of the second layer of ice cream. Use your hands to place the crumbles around the sides.
  • Cover the bowl with the aluminum foil and return it to the freezer. Allow the layers to freeze firmly.
  • Remove the third flavor(layer) of ice cream from the freezer and allow it to thaw for a few minutes.
  • Remove the bowl with the first and second layers from the freezer. If some of the cookie crumbles have dropped to the bottom of the bowl, add more with your hands around the sides.
  • If there is a big cavity left in the bowl for the third flavor, you can remove the packaging from the third flavor and cut the ice cream into thick slices. But if you don't need a lot of ice cream for the third layer, you can keep the packaging intact and remove the ice cream from the container as needed with the stainless steel spoon.
  • Fill the remainder of the bowl with the third flavor of ice cream either by laying the thick slices as before or scooping ice cream directly from the container.
  • Once the stainless steel bowl is full of ice cream, smooth the top of the ice cream with a dinner knife or an offset spatula to create a flat surface so it can easily be turned out on a plate.
  • Cover the bowl with the aluminum foil and return it to the freezer.
  • Allow the ice cream to freeze firmly.
  • To prepare for serving, remove the bowl from the freezer and place it bottoms up on a serving dish.
  • Soak one to two dishcloths in very hot water. Remove as much water from the cloths as possible and place them on top of the stainless steel bowl.
  • When the cloths are cold, repeat the previous step and repeat again until the ice cream releases easily from the stainless steel bowl. You can also run a dinner knife around the edge of the bowl to help with the removal if necessary. Usually, after 2-3 changes, the ice cream will release from the stainless steel bowl.
  • Run a dinner knife or spatula over the ice cream to smooth any rough surfaces.
  • Add any sprinkles or other decorations that you wish to the outside of the ice cream sphere.
  • Wipe clean any excess ice cream that has pooled around the edges of the serving plate and return the bombe to the freezer briefly to freeze firmly again.
  • Once frozen, remove the finished bombe from the freezer and add the candles.
  • Sing Happy Birthday!

Notes

The amount of ice cream that you purchase depends on the size of the stainless steel bowl that you choose for your bombe.  I’ve made very large and very small ones with the same results.  The inner layer will require much less ice cream than the outer layers, so you will need less of the 3rd flavor of ice cream. 

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You’ll Need The Following Ingredients For Rebecca’s Birthday Bombe…

3 ice cream flavors of your choice-The amount of ice cream that you purchase will depend upon the size of your bombe.
Chocolate sandwich cookies- I use the ones with vanilla centers.

That’s it!!!

Let’s Get Going…

Smash the chocolate sandwich cookies(including the filling) in one of the stainless steel bowls with a potato masher or place the cookies between two dishcloths and roll over them with a large rolling pin until they reach the consistency that you desire. My preferred method is to use the rolling pin to get the exact consistency of the crumbled cookies that I like. Another option, if you don’t like any mess, is to break them down in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment. This will produce a very fine grind unless you monitor it carefully. I prefer a thicker texture and it’s difficult to get it just right with the food processor.

Cookie Crumbles In Bowl

First Layer


Remove the ice cream flavor which will be the top layer of the bombe from the freezer and allow it to thaw for a few minutes.
Remove the ice cream packaging and cut the ice cream into thick slices.

Chocolate Ice Cream On Cutting Board


Lay the slices around the bottom and sides of the second stainless steel bowl, and when the bowl is mostly covered with the ice cream, smooth any open spaces with a large stainless steel spoon. If there is ice cream remaining that you haven’t used, return it to the freezer in a freezer-safe container.

Layers Of Chocolate Ice Cream In Bowl
First Layer Of Rebecca's Birthday Bombe Smoothed Into Place


Add a layer of cookie crumbles on top of the first layer of ice cream. Use your hands to place the crumbles around the sides.
Cover the bowl containing the first layer of ice cream and cookie crumbles with aluminum foil and return it to the freezer.

Layer Of Ice Cream And Cookie Crumbles In Bowl

Allow the first layer to freeze firmly. Depending on your freezer, this should take about 20-30 minutes.

Second Layer


Remove the second flavor(layer) of ice cream from the freezer and allow it to thaw for a few minutes.


Take off the ice cream packaging and cut the ice cream into thick slices.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Slices On Cutting Board


Remove the bowl with the first layer of ice cream from the freezer. If some of the cookie crumbles have dropped to the bottom of the bowl, add more with your hands around the sides.


Lay the slices on top of the first layer of ice cream and cookie crumbles, and when the bowl is mostly covered with the new slices, smooth any open spaces with the large stainless steel spoon.

Second Layer of Ice Cream In Bowl


Add a layer of cookie crumbles on top of the second layer of ice cream. Use your hands to place the crumbles around the sides.

Second Layer Of Ice Cream And Cookie Crumbles In Bowl


Cover the bowl with the aluminum foil and return it to the freezer. Allow the layers to freeze firmly.

Third Layer


Remove the third flavor(layer) of ice cream from the freezer and allow it to thaw for a few minutes.


If there is a big cavity in the stainless steel bowl for the third flavor, you can remove the packaging and cut the ice cream into thick slices. But if you don’t need a lot of ice cream for the third layer, you can keep the packaging intact and remove the ice cream from the container as needed with the stainless steel spoon.


Remove the bowl with the first and second layers from the freezer. If some of the cookie crumbles have dropped to the bottom of the bowl, add more with your hands around the sides.


Fill the remainder of the stainless steel bowl with the third flavor of ice cream either by laying the thick slices as before or scooping ice cream directly from the container.


Once the bowl is completely full, smooth the top of the ice cream with a dinner knife or offset spatula to create a flat surface so it can easily be turned out on a plate.

Third Layer Of Ice Cream In Bowl

Note that the birthday boy for this bombe only requested two flavors of ice cream(Chocolate and Mint Chocolate Chip), so I used more chocolate for the third layer.


Cover the bowl with the aluminum foil and return it to the freezer.


Allow the ice cream to freeze firmly.

Last step before diving in…


To prepare for serving, remove the bowl from the freezer. Place it bottoms up on a serving dish.
Soak one to two dishcloths in very hot water. Remove as much water from the cloths as possible and place them on top of the stainless steel bowl.

Rebecca's Birthday Bombe in A Bowl Covered With Warm Towels


When the cloths are cold, repeat the previous step and repeat again until the ice cream releases easily from the bowl. You can also run a dinner knife around the edge of the bowl to help with the removal if necessary.
Usually, after 2-3 cloth changes, the ice cream will release from the stainless steel bowl.
Run a knife or spatula over the ice cream to smooth any rough surfaces.


Add any sprinkles or other decorations that you wish to the outside of the ice cream sphere.


Wipe clean any excess ice cream that has pooled around the edges of the serving plate and return the bombe to the freezer briefly to freeze firmly again.

Rebecca's Birthday Bombe On Plate


Once frozen, remove the finished bombe from the freezer and add the candles.


Sing Happy Birthday!

Chase Blowing Out Candles For Rebecca's Birthday Bombe

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