Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Coffee Almond Ice Cream Cake with Dark Chocolate Sauce

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 5 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 1 cake
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1 1/2 cups fine chocolate wafer crumbs (about 30 wafers

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1 1/2 pints coffee ice cream, softened slightly

1 1/2 cups well-chilled heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups crushed Amaretti (Italian almond macaroons, available at specialty foods shops and some supermarkets)

1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Dark chocolate sauce, recipe follows or store bought

Dark Chocolate Sauce:

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

2/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

4 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate chopped

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened

3 to 4 tablespoons Amaretto, or to taste


  1. In a bowl with a fork stir together the crumbs and the butter until the mixture is combined well, pat the mixture onto the bottom and 1 inch up the side of a lightly oiled 8-inch spring form pan, 2 1/2 inches deep. Freeze the crust for 30 minutes, or until it is firm. Spread the ice cream evenly on the crust and return the pan to the freezer for 30 minutes, or until the ice cream is firm. In a bowl with an electric mixer beat the cream with the vanilla until it holds stiff peaks, fold in the Amaretti thoroughly, and spread the mixture over the ice cream. Smooth the top of the cake, sprinkle it with the almonds, and freeze the cake for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the top is firm. Freeze the cake, covered with plastic wrap and foil, for at least 4 hours or overnight. Just before serving, wrap a warm dampened kitchen towel around the side of the pan, remove the side, and transfer the cake to a serving plate. Cut the cake into wedges with a knife dipped in hot water and serve with the chocolate sauce.;

Dark Chocolate Sauce:

  1. In a small heavy saucepan combine the cream and the brown sugar, bring the mixture to a boil over moderately high heat, whisking occasionally, and boil it, whisking, until the brown sugar is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolates, whisking until they are melted. Whisk in the butter, and the Amaretto, whisking until the sauce is smooth and let the sauce cool slightly. The chocolate sauce may be made 1 week in advance and kept covered and chilled. Reheat the chocolate sauce over very low heat, stirring occasionally, until it is warm.
  2. Yield: 3 cups