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Friday, August 21, 2015

National Spumoni Day

Spumoni is a molded Italian ice cream made with layers of different colors and flavors. The treat usually contains candied fruits and nuts. Often found with 3 flavors with a fruit and nut layer between them. Typical flavors include cherry, pistachio, and either chocolate or vanilla. The fruit and nut layer often contain cherry bits. Popular in the U.S. where National Spumoni day is august 21st. 

3 cups pistachio ice cream, softened
3 cups vanilla (or cherry vanilla) ice cream, softened
1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
1/3 cup sliced almonds, chopped
2 tablespoons cherry brandy
1 teaspoon almond extract
A few specks pink food coloring
3 cups chocolate ice cream, softened
Line 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap. Place a 12- by 8-inch piece of parchment paper into pan, letting sides overhang the edges. Spread pistachio ice cream into pan and smooth the top. Freeze until semi-frozen, about 20 minutes. Stir vanilla ice cream, chopped cherries, almonds, brandy, and almond extract until combined. Stir in food coloring (if using) to desired shade of pink. Spread over pistachio ice cream. Freeze for 30 minutes, or until semi-firm. Spread chocolate ice cream over cherry ice cream and smooth top. Wrap and freeze until completely solid, 3 to 4 hours. Remove from pan, remove wrap, and slice with a hot, wet, knife.

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