Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cassata Ice-cream

I wanted to make a dessert that's simple and semi-homemade or rather almost readymade. "Cassata" ice-cream came to my mind. my hubby and I had eaten it at the Mumbai restaurants. This is just my attempt to recreate it.

When I googled it, I found this interesting information on wiki. It's an Italian ice-cream cake. However, it looked different and the recipe description was different than "our" cassata.

Cassata Ice-cream - (Serves 4)
2 slices of pound cake, cut into small squares
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1 cup strawberry ice cream
1 cup chocolate ice cream

4 big muffin wrappers

1. Freeze pound cake.
2. Line the muffin wrappers at the bottom of 4 freezer safe bowls.
3. Cut 2 slices of pound cakes into small squares. Try to fit them on top of the muffin wrappers in 4 bowls.
4. Thaw vanilla ice-cream. Spread it on top of the cake. Freeze all 4 bowls for 15 minutes.
5.Thaw strawberry ice-cream. Spread it on top of the vanilla ice cream layer. Freeze all 4 bowls for 15 more minutes.
6.Thaw chocolate ice-cream. Spread it on top of the strawberry ice cream layer. Cover all the bowls. Freeze all the bowls for at least 2 hours.
7. When ready to serve, use a knife to loosen the ice-cream around the bowl. Invert each bowl into 4 separate serving plates. Now, the muffin wrapper is on top. Flip it again so the wrapper is at the bottom as shown in the picture above.
8. Make sure to take down the wrapper paper before eating.

Note -
1. To make the life easier, you can directly use a Neapolitan ice-cream.

Update -
Nupur remembers having cassata topped with cashew nuts at her aunt's wedding. Do you have any fond memories of your cassata?

I have heard that cassata was served at the wedding of my in-laws. In those days, it was considered as a lavish wedding reception!:-D Now of course, Indian weddings have become a big event management venue and you get everything from chaat, pasta, punjabi, chinese in just one wedding reception, right?;-)


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