Hello, friends! You may have noticed that I've been absent from the blog for a few weeks, which was longer than expected. May was a busy month full of baking and photographing things for clients and working on a special passion project. I also threw my parents an anniversary party, which was really great and I got to see a bunch of my family and friends all at once. It was nice to spend time with them, but now I'm ready to get back in the swing of all things blog related!

Tartufo may be the fanciest-to-eat but unfanciest-to-make dessert you should know about. It's an ice cream dessert that originated in Italy, and the name tartufo means 'truffle'. I first tried a chocolate mousse version of this dessert years ago at a local Italian restaurant. I always order it when we dine there, and digging for the amaretto-soaked cherry in the center is like a treasure hunt! This version is my own, but it doesn't depart too much from the original. It only takes about 5 ingredients to make and I think it's an elegant ending for a dinner party!

The recipe begins with amaretto-soaked cherries. You can find these cherries for purchase online and at well-stocked grocery stores - but you can also make a reasonable substitute at home! Soak maraschino cherries in amaretto liqueur overnight, or a minimum of 4 hours. The longer they soak, the better!

The usual tartufo coating is crushed chocolate wafer cookies, but I love using crushed chocolate waffle cones. The cone crumbs won't turn soggy like the wafers, and they give the dessert a nice crunch.

Just before serving, place each tartufo on a bed of warm caramel sauce and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.  This is a great make-ahead dessert that you can store in your freezer until you're ready to serve. It's a little bit fancy but totally approachable and great for summer!

Yields 8 servings

Heather's note: Amaretto cherries can be purchased ready-made, or you can make your own by soaking maraschino cherries in amaretto liqueur overnight.

5-6 chocolate waffle cones
8 scoops vanilla ice cream
8 amaretto-soaked cherries
12 ounces prepared caramel sauce (I like Stonewall Kitchen)
1/3 cup (40g) chopped walnuts

Place the cones in a zip-top bag and pulverize them to fine crumbs with a rolling pin (you can also use a food processor). Place the crumbs in a bowl.

Using a round ice cream scoop, scoop out a ball of ice cream. While the ice cream is still in the scoop, use the end of a knife to poke a hole in the ice cream ball to the center. Push an amaretto-soaked cherry into the hole. Use the end of the knife to push it into the center and then smooth the ice cream over the hole using the knife edge.

Use the scoop trigger release to turn the ball out into the bowl of crumbs. Use a spoon to cover the ball in crumbs and then place the ball onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat the process 7 more times until you have 8 tartufi. Freeze for 4 hours, or until very firm.

Before serving, warm the caramel sauce and place a little onto each of 8 small plates. Top each pool of caramel with a tartufo. Drizzle more caramel on top of each tartufo, if desired. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and serve immediately.

link Tartufo By Published: Tartufo Recipe (Italian Ice Cream Truffles)


  1. This is so pretty, and I'm already imaging all sorts of wonderful flavor/color combos--pistachio ice cream and Chocolate sauce? Nuts instead of cones? <3

  2. I just found a chocolate covered hazelnut in mascarpone ice cream at my local market. My friends birthday is Monday...thank you for this dessert treat to try out on her!

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  4. Heather what kind of vanilla ice cream do you use? That looks a bit deeper in "vanilla colour" than what I normally use and therefore much more delicious :)
    This recipe looks amazing - can't wait to try it out! - Jane

  5. Looks SO good, can't wait to try this!!!


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