Tartufo Ice Cream Recipe

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Tartufo is an Italian dessert which is composed of a minimum of 2 different ice creams and filling in the center. The center can be filled with jam, ganache, chocolate sauce, etc.

What mold do you need to make Tartufo

You’ll need a half sphere silicone mold to make Tartufo.

How long does it take to make tartufo

You’ll need to freeze the silicone mold in between ice cream layers, give yourself a couple of hours to make your tartufo dessert.

Make your tartufo recipe at least a day in advance to have the ice cream freeze well before serving.

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Tartufo Ice Cream Recipe

  • small half sphere silicone molds
  • 2 types of ice cream that go well together
  • Center filling – jam, chocolate ganache, fruit, etc.
  • 1-3 toppings for the ice cream (cookie crumble, caramel sauce, cocoa powder, sprinkles, etc.)

Decide on your ice cream and center filling. In our recipe we will be using chocolate ice cream as the outer layer, espresso ice cream for the middle layer, and dark chocolate ganache as the center filling. The toppings we’ll be using are caramel sauce and cookie crumble.

You could use milk chocolate ganache or white chocolate ganache as your center filling if you prefer to use that instead.

If you’re using chocolate ganache as your filling, make sure it’s chilled and ready to use to fill your silicone molds.

Begin with the outer layer of ice cream. Your outer layer will be the one that will have your toppings on it.

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Place your ice cream in the silicone mold. Use a metal spoon to press the ice cream around so that all of the sides are covered in ice cream. Try to make it a 1/2 cm in thickness. Place each silicone mold in the freezer in an airtight container as you complete them. They will start to melt very quickly and it will be messy.

Freeze for 30 min – 1 hour. Then you’re ready for your next layer. Select your inner layer of ice cream. Use a fresh metal spoon to put the ice cream in the molds. Press the ice cream into the first layer so it’s completely covered. The thickness isn’t as important for this one, just make sure you leave a bit of space for the center flavor.

Freeze for 30 min – 1 hour. Now you’re ready for your final layer. Use a melon baller or a fresh spoon to scoop your center filling (ganache, jam, fruit, etc.).

Press your final layer into your silicone mold. It doesn’t have to be flat by any means, just make sure it’s filled and pressed into your second layer.

Freeze your silicone mold dessert overnight.

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When you’re ready to serve your ice cream for your dinner party, first remove the silicone mold from your ice cream.

How to Remove Ice Cream from a Silicone Mold

Use your fingers on either side of the silicone mold to peel the outer silicone mold off of the ice cream, with your thumb on the top of the mold pushing the ice cream out. Try to take them out and place them directly onto your serving plate.

Once you have all of your desserts on their serving plates, you can top your ice cream. Use 1-2 toppings for your layered ice cream dessert.

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Tartufo made with silicone mold

Creating this layered ice cream dessert is called a “Tartufo”.

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