Making Iced Delights with Antonia Lofaso

15 Oct 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine
You never grow out of ice cream, no matter how old you are. It’s also something to bond over with the family

Crowding around a table eating ice cream is one of the tastiest ways to enjoy family time. Parent, chef and cookbook author Antonia Lofaso knows this very well and has created delectable ice cream desserts, such as her pound cake and peaches sundae, that bring back fond childhood memories to inspire families to take a step back and appreciate every moment.

“My mum would have ‘ice cream parties’ in her bedroom when my dad had to work the graveyard shift,” Lofaso says. “She would snuggle us in her bed and give us toasted pound cake with ice cream and fresh fruit. My dad would come home to find us all asleep in one bed with scattered bowls and spoons everywhere.”

Special family moments are even sweeter when the recipes are served with real, high-quality ingredients everyone can feel good about.

Lofaso has partnered with Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream to create some recipes for all the family. Not only does it taste good, it’s also got those all-important feel-good credentials.

“The brand is now only using milk and cream from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones and sustainably farmed vanilla beans,” says Lofaso.

Here are three of Lofaso’s favourite new ice cream creations. Start sharing delicious moments together with your family with these recipes. For more recipe inspiration and nutritional information, visit

* Family Features

Uncommonly Vanilla


Vanilla ice cream has always been a great foundation for family desserts and Breyers believes vanilla is anything but plain and boring. With four different varieties of vanilla to choose from, you’re sure to find a flavour that pairs perfectly with your favourite treats. Here’s what you need to know about each variety.

Natural: Its distinctive taste brings out the natural goodness of your favourite fresh fruit recipes, like classic apple pie or peach cobbler.
French: Inspired by the traditional French custard, it’s the perfect complement to delicious breakfast-style desserts, like French vanilla puff pancakes or a fruit salad parfait.
Homemade: Thick and smooth like it was just churned, Homemade Vanilla is the perfect pairing to your top pick of homemade treats, such as ice cream sandwiches, pies and cakes.
Extra Creamy: Fresh cream and sweet vanilla come together to make your favourite frozen treats, such as sundaes and shakes, velvety smooth.

Recipe: Pound Cake and Peaches Sundae


Prep time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 2 fresh summer peaches, diced
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp thinly sliced basil
  • 4 slices plain pound cake (6mm thick), toasted until golden
  • 1 cup Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream or other brand (1/4 cup per scoop)


  1. In small bowl, mix peaches, sugar, lemon juice and basil.
  2. To make each sundae, place a slice of toasted pound cake on a plate, top with a scoop of ice cream and cover generously with macerated peaches.


Recipe: Tropical Ice Cream Sandwich


Prep time: 10-12 minutes
Serves: 2


  • 2 slices fresh pineapple (6mm thick)
  • 1 cup Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream or other brand, lightly softened
  • 2 tbsp toasted coconut shavings


  1. Grill pineapple slices over low to medium heat for 90 seconds per side. Allow to cool briefly.
  2. Sandwich softened ice cream between pineapple slices. Coat sides in toasted coconut. Slice in half and serve.


Recipe: Toasted Almond and Vanilla Arancini


Prep time: 20 minutes (including freezing)
Serves: 2


  • 4 tbsp mixed, chopped, toasted whole unsalted almonds and hazelnuts
  • 1 tbsp toasted and crushed amaretti cookies
  • 1/2 cup Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream or other brand (1/4 cup per scoop)


  1. Place ice cream on baking sheet in freezer for 10 minutes to harden.
  2. In bowl, mix nuts and amaretti cookies.
  3. Dredge frozen ice cream balls in nut/cookie mixture and refreeze five minutes before serving.

Note: May be made and stored in advance.

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