Biscuit Tortoni, No. 2 Recipe
Biscuit Tortoni is a classic frozen dessert that originated in Italy. It is believed to have been created in the late 19th century and gained popularity among Italian-American immigrants in the United States. The dessert gets its name from the Italian word "tortoni," which refers to a type of almond biscuit commonly used in the recipe.
Fun fact: Biscuit Tortoni was a favorite dessert of Frank Sinatra, who would often request it when dining out in fancy restaurants.
Now, let's dive into the recipe and create our own delicious Biscuit Tortoni, No. 2!
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 pint (2 cups) of heavy cream
- 8 macaroons
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until light and fluffy. Set aside.
2. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat.
3. Gradually pour the hot milk into the egg yolk mixture, whisking continuously to prevent curdling.
4. Once the mixture is well combined, return it to the saucepan and heat over low heat. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. This should take about 5 minutes. Do not let it boil.
5. Remove the custard from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
6. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. Reserve a small amount of whipped cream for topping later.
7. Crumble the macaroons into small pieces, reserving a few for the bottom of the serving dish.
8. Gently fold the macaroon crumbs and vanilla extract into the custard mixture.
9. Now, fold in the whipped cream, combining everything well.
10. Take a pudding mold or individual serving dishes and line the bottom with the reserved macaroon crumbs.
11. Fill the mold or dishes with the custard mixture, smoothing the top with a spatula.
12. Cover the mold or dishes with plastic wrap and place them in the freezer for at least two hours, or until firm.
13. Once the Biscuit Tortoni is frozen, remove it from the freezer. If using a mold, run a knife around the edges to loosen the dessert before unmolding onto a serving plate.
14. Serve each portion with a dollop of whipped cream on top and garnish with additional crumbled macaroons, if desired.
Now, wasn't that simple? Enjoy your homemade Biscuit Tortoni, No. 2!
Similar dessert dishes you might enjoy:
1. Semifreddo: This Italian frozen dessert is similar to Biscuit Tortoni but is made with a combination of whipped cream and custard, often flavored with fruits, nuts, or chocolate.
2. Zabaglione: Also known as Sabayon, this classic Italian dessert is made with egg yolks, sugar, and sweet wine. It is often served warm or chilled and can be enjoyed on its own or as a sauce over fresh fruit or cake.
3. Affogato: This popular Italian dessert consists of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso. It's a perfect combination of creamy and caffeinated goodness.
4. Tiramisu: Another beloved Italian dessert, Tiramisu, is made with layers of ladyfinger cookies dipped in coffee and layered with a creamy mixture of mascarpone cheese, eggs, and sugar. It is often dusted with cocoa powder for an extra touch of flavor.
These delightful desserts are all worth a try if you are a fan of Biscuit Tortoni. Each has its own unique twist but shares the common theme of being creamy, flavorful, and perfect for any sweet tooth!