A little piece of Ice-Cream History, Aurora, Illinois

During a short visit to the state of Illinois, one of my co-workers stated that we had to go to “this” ice-cream place that was walking distance from the location where we were dining in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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So after a fabulous dinner at Bonefish Grill of some good ‘ole Bang Bang Shrimp , Coconut Shrimp, etc, which of course had to be accompanied by a lovely Fresh Watermelon Icicle Aphrodisiac™ Martini, the time finally arrived to go and visit “The” ice-cream place which is actually called Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy Store.

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As you walk up to it, the store front has this lovely candy stripe red and white decor that already makes you feel kind of mushy but in a good way if you know what I mean.

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In we walked and for some reason it make me think of an old ice-cream parlor, all we needed were some roller blades and appropriate music and we were all set!

I settled for a Double Scoop, Dulce de Leche and their seasonal Pumpkin Ice Cream which turned out to be delish! There were a lot of other tempting options and if “fall” had been the season, the Apple Crisp Sundae might have been the one to go for ❤

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I wouldn’t say its the best ice cream I ever had, but what I really liked is the family history behind a place like this.

It all began in 1915 when a dairy farmer called Peter J. Oberweis began selling is extra milk to friends and neighbors. Check out the entire story by clicking on “How it Began”.

In 1951 the first Oberweis Dairy store opened in Aurora, Illinois and they have been in business every since…:-)

So next time you find yourself in the state of Illinois, swing by and have a little refreshing taste of Ice-Cream History!

Here are some fun facts that I found interesting about James D. “Jim” Oberweis, an American businessman, investment manager and politician from the state of Illinois. The owner of Oberweis Dairy, in North Aurora near Chicago, he is currently a member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 25th district since January 2013….

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A Taste of Home……

I come from a small country called Uruguay. Mostly people know about it because of our superb soccer players, sometime for our beaches, beef, leather and wool and if you’ve been there you will never forget our special BBQ’s!

One thing we are not really known for is our desserts but let me tell you this, for a small little country our bakery’s do know how to shine.

32 years ago, a Cake Shop by the name of “Cakes” opened it’s doors and started making the most delicious cakes.

As a tradition, every time I got back home, its a MUST to get at least a piece of cake from this fabulous shop. I am hooked on one called “Ramon Novarro”.

So, seeing that I don’t make it down there too often, a friend of mine inspired me to make this cake so that I can feel like I am kind of there …..and of course it comes in handy for February birthdays ❤

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This famous delectable cake is made out of 6 layers of light and buttery sponge cake filled with alternate layers of a chocolate/Dulce de Leche mix and Dulce de Leche.

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Topped with the chocolate/dulce de leche mix and then decorated with some whipped cream with a slight touch of cocoa. The original recipe is decorated with some walnuts but I like leaving them out of the equation 🙂

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So here is my rendition to our sweet treat “Ramon Novarro”

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Profiteroles………

It’s the middle of the week and tomorrow night I will be having all the kids and their grandma over for dinner.

After a while, cooking the same meals over and over gets a bit boring, so I try and make a special effort and come up with something original every time (well most of the time :-))

I haven’t fully decided on what’s for dinner yet but have for sure made up my mind about dessert.

How about some light and fluffy profiteroles filled with Orange Brandy Cream Cheese and dipped in chocolate? And for those who are not crazy about the Orange part (my lovely son), how about some profiteroles filled with Dulce de Leche and dipped in chocolate?

I made my choux pastry by:

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  • Boiling 2 cups of water with
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, as soon as they came to a boil
  • stir in 2 cups of flour and beat until it forms a ball of dough
  • add 8 eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly

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Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper by the spoonful or using a piping bag. Bake in a 400 deg oven for aprox 15 minutes, then raise temp to 425 and bake for an extra 10-15 mins or until they are nicely puffed and golden in color.

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For my filling I used:

  • Cream cheese
  • Orange rind
  • Orange Sherry and fresh orange juice
  • Powdered sugar

The proportions are up to you, usually the ratio is 1 brick of cream cheese to 4 cups of powdered sugar, I only used 2 1/2 of sugar as I didn’t need it too stiff and didn’t want it too sweet. Orange flavoring to taste…..

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Pipe lots of filling into each profiterole and then dip generously in some lovely milk melted chocolate.

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And this my friends is what I call, the perfect bite………if you have ever seen The Mirror has Two faces with Barbara Streisand you will understand my fixation with the “perfect bite”!

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