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Coffee, toffee and chocolate — 3 of America’s favoured tastes. Combine them in an ice cream cake, and also you’ve got a winner. It’s effortless to make and may wait within the freezer for four days earlier than serving, a perfect summertime dessert.

I use Nabisco’s Famous Chocolate Wafers for this recipe. The quickest manner to grind them is in a meals processor. Don’t have one? Break them up, placed the portions in a plastic bag, near the bag, and weigh down them with a rolling pin or heavy pot. Chop the toffee bars the identical way: Remove their wrappers, place them in a plastic bag, close it and hammer on them until they spoil into pieces. Ben and Jerry’s makes several tremendously-flavoured coffee ice creams; I commonly choose one for this recipe.

While the cake calls for little active time, it should be frozen among steps, so make it at least two days earlier than serving.
Classic Summer Ice Cream Cake
Make in an eight-inch springform pan
Base and Filling

1 cup (about 5 oz.) finely floor chocolate wafer cookies
Generous ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
2 -3 tablespoons, unsalted butter, melted
1 cup coarsely chopped chocolate-blanketed English toffee bars
1-pint espresso ice cream
White Chocolate topping
Three tablespoons heavy whipping cream
One tablespoon unsalted butter
Generous ½ cup finely chopped actual white chocolate
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Dark Chocolate Drizzle, optionally available
three tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped
1. Make the base and filling: Preheat the oven to 325 stages with a rack inside the middle. Generously grease the pan with butter. Blend the cookie crumbs and cinnamon (if the use of), upload the smaller amount of melted butter and stir/pulse (if the use of food processor) till crumbs are completely and calmly moistened. Let the combination sit down for a couple of minutes (to similarly take in moisture). Squeeze some to your hand. It ought to keep collectively; if it doesn’t upload higher melted butter, a bit at a time until it does. (Take care, too much butter will make the base rock difficult and tedious to reduce.) Press the aggregate into a generous layer on the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake till set and fragrant, about 8-10 minutes. Cool absolutely. (At this point you can cover for as much as an afternoon.)

2. Sprinkle half of-of the chopped toffee over the cooled crust; set the other half aside. Scoop the ice cream into a blending bowl and quick stir with an electric mixer on low velocity or by way of hand till clean. Spread it into a generous layer over the toffee-lined crust, cover and freeze till firm, as a minimum 5 hours or overnight.
Three. Make the white chocolate topping: Heat the cream and butter on stovetop or in the microwave until the butter melts and combination simmers. Remove from warmness, upload the white chocolate and permit take a seat while the chocolate melts. Add vanilla; stir till clean and vivid. Cool till it thickens, however, remains pourable. Quickly pour over the pinnacle of the cold cake, tilting the pan, so it covers it completely (if vital, unfold with an offset spatula). Freeze, covered, until topping firms up (it gained’t get tough), as a minimum three hours. Sprinkle the last ½-cup of toffee over the topping; lightly press it in. Freeze, blanketed. Serve inside four days.

4. Make drizzle, if the use of Heat cream until close to boiling, remove from warmth and upload chocolate, submerging it. Let combination rest so chocolate melts and stir till smooth and shiny. (If any of the chocolate isn’t completely melted, warmth the aggregate at a low temperature, frequently stirring, until it’s far.) Let combination cool and thicken barely, and then drizzle it decoratively over the filling.

Five. Remove the cake from the pan some hours before serving. Dip an offset spatula or knife in warm water, dry it and run it between the cake and the internal fringe of the pan. Wet a kitchen towel with hot water and wipe round pan sides numerous instances, unlock the pan, and carefully get rid of the sides. Smooth cake’s facets with an offset spatula. Place on a serving platter, cowl and freeze. When geared up to serve, slice with a thin, sharp-bladed knife dipped in warm water and dried between cuts.

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