Toffee-Coffee Ice-Cream Torte

Fun to say and even more fun to taste, this toffee ice cream torte brings the flavor of coffee right into the dessert course.

Yield: Makes 12 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons coffee liqueur, divided
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 quart chocolate ice cream, softened
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag chocolate-covered toffee candy bars, finely chopped
  • 1/2 gallon coffee ice cream, softened
  • 1 (3-ounce) package ladyfingers
  • 1 cup strong-brewed coffee or espresso
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Garnishes: whipped topping, chopped toffee

Preparation

  1. Line 2 (9- x 5-inch) loafpans with plastic wrap, allowing excess to hang over sides.
  2. Stir together 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur and instant coffee granules until dissolved. Combine coffee mixture, chocolate ice cream, and half of the chopped toffee in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 gallon coffee ice cream and remaining chopped toffee. Spread half of chocolate ice-cream mixture evenly into 1 prepared loafpan; top with half of coffee ice-cream mixture. Repeat layers in remaining loafpan.
  3. Brush ladyfingers with 3 tablespoons coffee liqueur; place ladyfingers, brushed sides down, evenly over ice cream in loafpans. Fold plastic wrap over to seal; freeze at least 8 hours.
  4. Stir together brewed coffee, sugar, and cornstarch in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture starts to boil. Reduce heat to low, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened and clear. Remove from heat; cool. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons liqueur; cover and chill coffee sauce until ready to serve.
  5. Invert tortes onto serving plates; remove and discard plastic wrap. Garnish, if desired. Serve with chilled coffee sauce.
  6. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Hershey's Heath Snack Bars.
Note:

In place of coffee liqueur, feel free to use the same amount of sweetened, brewed coffee.

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