The Monday Treat – Tiramisu Ice Cream

Tiramisu ice cream illustration and St Marks Square

The woman leaned over to our table conspiratorially as a giant glass bowl of ice cream was delivered for her and her husband. “The ice cream here is the best in the world, she said. Are you going to try some?”

Jon and I were sitting in outside a café drinking ruinously expensive coffees, listening to the grand piano music and watching people strolling around the most beautiful plaza in the world by moonlight. It was perfect. And no. We were emphatically not having ice cream. We were students. 7 euro coffee was plenty rich enough for our blood, thank you very much. We were going to sit here and sip it all night.

Half an hour later, a vast sundae arrived at our table. “We didn’t order this,” we told the waiter, with something akin to panic in our eyes.

He smiled. “It’s ok,” he said. “The couple who were sitting next to you bought it when they paid their bill.”

The ice cream was wonderful. Made even more so by the very special gesture that had sent it our way. And as we walked back over the arched canal bridge to our B and B we decided; we will do that for someone else one day.

Tiramisu Ice Cream

Cream illustration for tiramisu ice cream recipe2 cups mascarpone
1 cup cream
1/3 cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup espresso
2 tbsp Kahlua
1 tbsp dark rum
¼ cup wafer biscuits
2 tbsp chocolate covered espresso beans
¼ cup coco powder
  • Blitz the mascarpone, cream, milk, sugar, espresso, Kahlua and rum in a blender
  • Chill and proceed according to your ice cream maker’s instructions, or, if you have given up on ice cream makers (like me) pour into tupperwear, freeze for 3 hours, blend again, freeze again, then blend again
  • Crush the wafer biscuit and chop the chocolate espresso beans. Mix them into the ice cream and pour back into a tub
  • Cover the top with coco powder, and freeze for the final time
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6 Responses to The Monday Treat – Tiramisu Ice Cream

  1. Kavey says:

    That’s a lovely story, what a generous and simple gesture to share one’s happiness with others. I love it!

    • Kate says:

      It really was so kind of them. I think about them often – and I try to pay it on too. It really made our night, and being part of it opened my mind and made a difference in my life.

  2. myFudo says:

    That was really kind of them. Bet you enjoyed the Ice cream. Lovely post.

    • Kate says:

      We really did! It was awesome!
      Not quite “I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers” – more “been happily surprised by the kindness of strangers” – and now my aim is to be the stranger.
      Really glad you enjoyed the post.

  3. Euan Brown says:

    I’ve made this. It is amazing.

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