How To Make A Surprisingly Delicious Grilled Cheese French Toast Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Melt 12Photo by Marcos Ramos with styling and assistance by Steven Smith and Natalie WarnerChef Keith Schroeder teaches us how to make this glorious ‘Vanilla Melt’ step-by-step.

While
eating my way throughNew York Magazine’s
annual Taste eventthis week, I came across something so glorious, so delicious, creative, and gluttonous that I knew immediately: This spectacular dessert is destined to be the next
cronut craze.

Titled “The High Road Vanilla Melt,” the dish consists of vanilla Fleur de Sel-flavored ice cream between two cinnamon french toast grilled cheese sandwiches.

Created by Chef Keith Schroeder using his own new ice cream brand called High Road, it somehow combines everything both wonderful and horrible all at the same time.

“I’m always thinking about pleasant ways to present contrast: hot/cold, crunchy/soft, sweet/sour/salty/savory,” Schroeder tells Business Insider of his inspiration for the dessert. “This particular sandwich was a riff on some personal favourite combinations: apple and cheddar, cinnamon and sugar.”

The sandwich will be available at Sweet Auburn Market in Atlanta next week and the High Road ice cream is available in high end grocery stores, but in the meantime Schroeder gave us a step-by-step demonstration of how to make your very own “Vanilla Melt” at home.

Here are the ingredients you will need to create the vanilla melt: bread, apple butter, cinnamon, sugar, melted butter, aged cheddar cheese, and vanilla ice cream.

Step 1: Trim the bread crust.

Step 2: Spread one side of each slice with Apple Butter.

Step 3: Top one slice of bread with shredded aged cheddar and place the other slice, apple butter side down, on top.

Step 4: Brush the outside with melted butter.

Step 5: Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Step 6: Place on pre-heated panini grill until golden brown.

Step 7: Remove and cut in quarters and place on serving platter.

Step 8: Top each quarter with a scoop of High Road Vanilla Fleur de Sel ice cream.

Step 9: Top with remaining sandwich quarter.

Step 10: Admire your masterpiece.

Step 11: Eat it before it melts!

If you're generous, feel free to share with friends.

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