Sunday, January 15, 2012

Spumoni - The perfect ending to an Italian dinner!

Spumoni is a scrumptious Italian frozen treat made of layers of ice cream, whipped cream, candied fruit, and nuts (usually roasted pistachios.) I guess the delightful combination of ice cream flavors like the one found in rainbow sherbet and the ever-popular Neapolitan ice cream, is a craving that the entire world shares. The traditional Spumoni is made of three flavors: chocolate, pistachio, and cherry. However, many combinations of flavors can be found. Some spumoni will have chocolate shavings and sometimes crushed hazelnuts inside the chocolate layer.  

In Italy, spumoni is spelled "spumone," but it is pronounced like we do in English, only with an accent on the last vowel.

Here is a recipe I have used in the past, but do not be afraid to experiment with it. If you are not into cherries, try strawberries. The possibilities are endless. 

1 1/2 pt. vanilla ice cream
6 maraschino cherries cut in halves
1/3 c. pistachio nuts
3/4 c. whipping cream
10 oz. package frozen red raspberries, thawed
Rum extract to taste
1 1/2 pt. pistachio ice cream
1/3 c. instant cocoa dry
1/2 c. whipping cream
1/4 c. sifted confectioners' sugar

  •   Spray a 2 quart metal mold with non-stick baking coating and line it with plastic wrap. Stir vanilla ice cream just to soften, (I like to use the Kitchen Aid to incorporate air in the ice cream) stir in rum flavoring.  Spread quickly over bottom to create the first layer and freeze.
  •  Stir pistachio ice cream to soften, stir in nuts. Quickly spread over first layer and freeze. 
  • Combine 3/4 cup cream and cocoa; whip to peaks. Quickly spread over pistachio layer and freeze.  
  • Mix 1/2 cup cream, sugar and dash of salt. Whip to peaks. Fold in berry pulp. Pile into mold; smooth top. Cover with foil. Freeze for at least four hours. Invert on chilled plate and peel off plastic wrap. Cut in wedges to serve.  


Girlie Blogger said...

Oh man! I want some now.

Carlos said...

Girlie me too! Its a good treat!

The Twisted Tine said...

Yeah, hands down, your spumoni looks to be the best. I've had it about a dozen times at various restaurants, but nothing matches your presentation and variety of ingredients...


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