Fruitcake Tartufo with Brandy Caramel Sauce

Author: Canadian Living

Italian for “truffle,” tartufo has all the flavours of layered ice cream and fruitcake that Mum used to make.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2007

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup crumbled fruitcake
  • 4 teaspoons brandy
  • 4 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 3/4 cup finely chopped toasted walnut
  • 1 3/4 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
  • 3 cups vanilla ice cream
Brandy Caramel Sauce:
  • 3/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Method

In bowl, toss fruitcake with brandy; let stand for 10 minutes. Press by 3 tbsp (50 mL) into 6 balls. Freeze on waxed paper-lined baking sheet until firm, about 30 minutes.

Spread nuts on large plate; set aside.

Scoop ice cream, 1/2 cup (125 mL) at a time, onto plastic wrap. Make indentation in centre of each; press in fruitcake ball. Using plastic wrap, smooth ice cream over fruitcake. Bring plastic wrap up and twist at top to form ball. Freeze until firm, about 1 hour.

Unwrap and roll in nuts to cover. Freeze on waxed paper-lined baking sheet until hard, about 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Transfer to airtight container; freeze for up to 5 days.)

Brandy Caramel Sauce: In small saucepan, whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch and salt ; whisk in water. Bring to boil, stirring, over medium heat and boil until thickened, about 3 minutes. Add brandy and butter; reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute. (Make-ahead: Let cool. Store in airtight container for up to 5 days. Rewarm to serve.)

Pour caramel sauce onto each plate. Cut each tartufo into quarters; arrange on sauce.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 257 mg
  • Protein 8 g
  • Calories 613.0
  • Total fat 34 g
  • Cholesterol 35 mg
  • Saturated fat 8 g
  • Total carbohydrate 68 g

%RDI

  • Iron 16.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 20.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 14.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 10.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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