Tiramisu Ice Cream

19 May

Did you know that Tiramisu literally means “pick me up?”

Look at that Tiramisu ripple!

That’s exactly how I felt when eating this dessert. It was literally the best pick me up after a very long week.

The marscapone cheese - the secret ingredient in this wonderfully creamy recipe!

Last week when buying the ingredients for this recipe I gave my new 365scoops business card to one of the employees at Trader Joe’s who immediately remarked, “No way dude, Sugar’s your last name?”  “Yes sir it is,” I answered back. “Nah, couldn’t be. You changed it for the blog, right?”

For the record: Sugar is my last name. No I did not change it for this blog , Yes it is a real last name, and No I did not make it up!

Now that that’s cleared up I can tell you how I decided to make this ice cream. Since starting 365 scoops I’ve had many flavor requests, but none as tall an order than this recent email I received from a friend. I’ve decided to copy and paste it below exactly as it arrived in my inbox (note: there is no email salutation; my friend really cut to the chase!).

“Some ideas, please rip on them riff on them as you see fit:

  • Chocolate banana bread ice cream (perhaps like chunky monkey but with actual chunks of banana bread or banana bread batter) GROSS! DON’T YOU KNOW I HATE BANANAS?
  • Some sort of beer ice cream AGAIN. NOT A BEER FAN
  • Rocky road GROSS
  • Rum raisin EVEN GROSSER
  • Red wine ice cream INTERESTING…
  • Herbal ice creams (e.g. basil, perhaps chocolate basil ice cream?) INTRIGUING…
  • Mocha/coffee/tiramisu ice cream  JACKPOT! NOW WE’RE TALKING!
Dear Friend: I hope you enjoyed this creation, and hopefully it was a real “pick me up!” Sincerely, 365Scoops

The tiramisu ice cream mixture after being blended. Notice the little dots of Kahlua before being stirred in.

Tiramisu Ice Cream
Adapted from David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop

This ice cream has two parts; the actual ice cream base and the mocha ripple. I will provide you with both recipes below, but remember, the mocha ripple can be used in a plethora of other ice creams. In fact, stay tuned because the mocha ripple makes a guest appearance in another flavor soon!

Part I: Mocha Ripple Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
6 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon good quality instant coffee granules (I used Starbucks Via)

Take 2: The tastier version of Mocha Fudge Ripple


Before I say more, I have a confession. The first time I made this recipe it was horrible. Actually, it was burnt. No, it was bitter. In truth, it was just plain bad. I tried blaming a variety of different sources: perhaps the corn syrup I had in the house was too old, maybe I didn’t quite measure out the right amount of cocoa powder, or perhaps I just overcooked it, and in turn burnt it. It turns out that all these are true, so really it was a series of unfortunate events. The corn syrup was “expired”; when I first made this recipe I had exactly (or so I thought) 6 tablespoons of cocoa powder left and was scraping every last morsel of it into this recipe; and if that’s not enough, I completely overcooked it and burnt the damn thing.

I have never re-made a recipe yet on this blog – but there really is a first for everything. So, even though it was against everything I stand for, I had to dump out the first batch and try again. I must have followed the recipe so much more closely the second time, because as soon as I took it off the stove and tasted it, I knew it was perfect!
Take 2…Whisk together the sugar, corn syrup, water, and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly until the mixture begins to bubble ever so slightly at the edges.
Continue to whisk until it just comes to a low boil (this is where I messed up, so watch out!). Cook for 1 minute (max!), whisking frequently. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla and the instant coffee, and let it cool. Chill in the refrigerator before using.

The marscapone cheese. So. Freaking. Creamy.

Part II: Tiramisu Ice Cream Ingredients

2 cups marscapone
1 cup half-and-half
2/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1/4  cup + 2 tablespoons Kahlua
1 tablespoon rum (dark or clear)
Mocha Ripple
Puree the marscapone, half-and-half, sugar, salt, kahlua, and rum together in a blender until smooth and the sugar is dissolved.  Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator.
Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions (for me that was 22 minutes). As you remove it from the machine, alternate layers of Mocha Ripple with the frozen ice cream in the storage container. I used approximately 1/3 of the mocha ripple sauce. Make sure to keep the remaining sauce in the refrigerator (it keeps for 2 weeks) because it’s excellent when drizzled over the ice cream as well. Freeze it immediately. When you take the ice cream out of the freezer you will notice that it’s beautifully marbleized and ripple-y.

Tiramisu Ice Cream. A true "pick me up"!

The Verdict: I served this ice cream as a special treat to a group of friends (one of whom, of course, was the gentleman who requested this flavor!) Here is the general consensus:
The Husband: This is your best one yet!
My Father: Oh wow this is good. (You should know that he gave his nod of approval while drizzling more mocha ripple onto his ice cream, chocolate already smeared on his lips!)
My Mother: Oh my g-d. This flavor is dead on. Delicious. (That means a lot coming from someone who does not like sweets at all!)

My friends also loved it. I even think that my friend who requested the flavor enjoyed it too! Everyone noted that the Kahlua really came through in the ice cream flavor. This was also the creamiest ice cream I have made yet (a close second is the cookie dough ) and without a doubt it’s because of the marscapone cheese. Unlike some other recipes I’ve made, this one keeps beautifully in the freezer and is just as creamy, smooth and delicious a week later. I only know that, of course, because I saved my father one little scoop to try. The rest of this ice cream was totally devoured!

4 Responses to “Tiramisu Ice Cream”

  1. Broder May 20, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    This was DELICIOUS. I can attest to it! When can we have a pistachio ice cream?


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