Fourth of July Tartufo

Written by chanie on July 1st, 2013

If you’re looking at the screen quizzically wondering what tartufo is, don’t worry. I didn’t know what it was until recently either! A few weeks ago, a few kosher bloggers and I went out to celebrate the anniversary of the Kosher Connection group. It’s a team of kosher food bloggers that joined together to help each other navigate the blogging world. If you follow my blog, you may have noticed our monthly link-up challenges.

We met at Siena’s restaurant in Brooklyn, to celebrate the partnerships and friends we have made over the past year. Siena served us a variety of dishes, sampling their Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Some of the highlight dishes included their fried zucchini chips with homemade marinara, a medley of fresh salads, ravioli cooked to perfection and a standout tuna steak over white beans and spinach.

For dessert, we were served a tasting of their finest sweets including cheesecake, tiramisu and tartufo. I had to ask the waiter to repeat himself, as I’d never heard of it before. It was a layered ice cream dessert with marachino cherries and vanilla ice cream at the base and pistachio ice cream on top. It was served as a rectangular slice and drizzled with chocolate. The ice cream was delicious, but I couldn’t get over the pretty presentation. After a few hours milling over the tartufo concept (and browsing the internet for every tartufo recipe I could find) – I had a stroke of genius. Why not find blue maraschino cherries, and layer red and white frozen desserts in celebration of Independence day?

I was so excited about my idea that I went straight for the grocery in search of blue maraschino cherries. Little did I know that kosher ones are not that easy to find. So, I did what any idea-obsessed blogger would do…research. I found a kosher company that makes maraschino cherries in a variety of colors and I called them up. I asked where I might find the blue ones in Brooklyn, and they gave me two different locations. I was on it. The next day, I drove out to a shady little store on Coney Island and picked up my loot. I drove straight home, my ice cream already thawing on the counter.

When I uncovered my tartufo the next day, I never imagined it would turn out so pretty. Sure, it wasn’t perfect. The ice cream layers had sunken into each other, and the maraschino cherries peeked out a tad too little. But still. My experiment had worked. Wonderfully. Happy 4th of July!

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  1. Dina says:

    With dessert like this I’ll definitely be celebrating July 4th!
    :)

  2. Stunning! We had so much fun at Siena and I’m glad the tartufo there was your inspiration. It was sooo good and I’m sure your’s is equally as delicious.

  3. dl says:

    Chanie, this looks fantastic! P.S. I think the sunken layers give it its zing.

  4. Bina says:

    Looks delicious! Where did you buy the blue maraschino cherries? I’d love to try the dessert.

  5. I didn’t even know maraschino cherries came in different colors! You have true dedication to making this festive dessert perfect!

  6. What a fun – and beautiful – dessert!

  7. Hindy says:

    This looks so pretty and delicious!

  8. what a good looking dessert! and so patriotic. perfect for 4th of july

  9. madscar says:

    This is amazing! I love it:)

  10. Joujoux says:

    What a recipe! It seems delicious!

  11. Rs says:

    Do you think these would work with blueberries instead of the cherries? Love the look but don’t think ill have time to find the cherries in time!

  12. Dina says:

    that is so festive and i love the blue cherries. nice touch!

  13. The tartufo looks very lovely and I loved the colours of the blue cherries. I loved the idea. and the pictures…

    Shobha

  14. Ronnie Fein says:

    Wow, you have been busy in Brooklyn. Lots of work, but it looks delicious!

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