ORIGINAL DESSERTS: PECAN WAFFLE SANDWICH

ORIGINAL DESSERTS: PECAN WAFFLE SANDWICH Friday, July 15, 2011

We like to think that making our newest dessert, the Pecan Waffle Sandwich, is a lot like writing a well-crafted love song. It’s not that it isn’t too difficult to make, but if one knows what one’s doing, it requires few ingredients and the results, with just the right restraint and the proper punch, will win more than a few hearts.

Or maybe it’s the logical offspring that would result were a Turtle and an Ice Cream Sandwich to have a baby.

But what really gives this rich dessert its oomph are the pecans praline, a concoction dreamt up by the Marshal du Plessis-Prasline, the 17th-century French soldier who invented the process of deeply toasting and then cooling nuts within a thickening swirl of brown sugar-toffee sauce.

This thick, sugary, nutty toffee is then generously spread atop the top half of the dessert’s waffled valleys, below which is sandwiched a delectable scoop of buttermilk ice cream—one of 19 National Ice Cream Month-inspired flavors presently available at The Original.

Try one after your entrée, and ask yourself if it’s not the most decadent dessert this side of chocolate.