Almond Torte Mascarpone Ice Cream (with a Brown Butter Almond Crunch!)

It’s Friday and I felt like putting cake in your ice cream.

Just so you could, you know, have the best of both worlds.

I also put these crunchy brown butter sugared almonds inside for extra texture.

Look at me being so elderly and putting almonds in my ice cream and all now.

The real kicker though is putting in slabs of almond torte cake – sure you can make it, but when you are just going to slice it up, take a few bites and toss the rest in your ice cream machine, why bother? Buy your favorite almond cake, keep the icing on top, and churn the whole thing together.

Ridiculous. Fat chunks of cake in creamy ice cream. I don’t even care about cake.

Well. Until now.

Sunny cones! I find that I eat approximately 156% more homemade ice cream when I have cones in the house. It’s awesome. Afternoon snackage.

I don’t have much else to say other than it’s ice cream season and you better get on it.



Almond Torte Mascarpone Ice Cream with a Brown Butter Almond Crunch

Yield: makes about one quart

Total Time: 8 hours


2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 ounces mascarpone cheese
a few slices of almond torte cake, cut into pieces

brown butter crunch almonds
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup brown sugar


Add cream, milk, sugar, extracts and salt to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves, making sure not to let it stick to the bottom. Continue to heat until the mixture becomes warm and begins to bubble around the edges. Remove from heat. Add the mascarpone to a bowl and whisk until creamy. Pour the warmed milk mixture over top and whisk continuously until the mascarpone melts into the milk - it will separate at first but continue to stir until it all comes together. Refrigerate until cold, at least 60 minutes.

Once it's cold, add the mixture to your ice cream maker and churn according to directions. A few minutes before it's finishing churning, add in the cake in increments. Once it's finished churning, use a large spatula to stir in the almonds. Scoop the ice cream into a freezer-safe container then freeze for at least 4 to 6 hours. Let sit for a few minutes before serving so the ice cream can soften.

brown butter crunch almonds
Place butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and immediately begin whisking. Stir as it bubbles, and after 3 to 4 minutes or so you should see brown bits appear on the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat immediately and continue to whisk for another 30 seconds. Return the pan to the burner and heat over low heat. Add the almonds and brown sugar, lightly stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula until the sugar dissolves. Remove the almonds from heat and spread them on a piece of parchment paper to cool completely.

[kinda adapted from thisfluffernutter chip ice cream]

this is also what happens when you try to photograph ice cream in 80 degree heat.