Ice Cream Timbale Chocolate Nut Dessert
served with a Mint Sprig and Strawberry Fan


Spoon your favorite ice cream into small paper cups and freeze. When ready to serve, take ice cream out of the cup, roll sides of ice cream in chopped nuts. Decorate the plates with chocolate syrup, add a sprig of mint and a Strawberry Fan you can make in advance that are so easy to do.

Ice Cream Timbale Chocolate Nut Dessert
recipe and photograph by Peggy Bucholz

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Recipe Type: easy, dessert, ice cream, timbale, chocolate, hazelnuts

Prep Time:10 min
Total Time: 10 min
Serves: 8


4 cups ice cream, any flavor you like
8 (4 ounce) plastic or paper cups or use plastic lined ramekins
1/4 cup chocolate ganache sauce (simple recipe below) or use a commercial brand
1 cup Hazelnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
Starbucks Chocolate coated coffee beans, optional
8 mint sprigs, for garnish
8 strawberry fans


Spoon ice cream into containers of your choice. If using something other than plastic or paper cups line them with plastic wrap hanging over the sides making removal easy, press ice cream in firmly; smooth the tops, cover and freeze. Can be made two days ahead.

Decorate 8 individual plates with chocolate ganache sauce as desired (see my photograph and chocolate ganache recipe below)

Place chopped nuts in a pie pan or flat dish. Remove ice cream from timbale and roll sides in nuts until completely coated. Place on individually decorated plates. Garnish with coffee beans if desired, more nuts, mint sprigs, Strawberry Fans and serve.

Chocolate Ganache Sauce (can be made 2 weeks ahead)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoons corn syrup
3 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped fine
squirt bottle


In a saucepan, bring heavy cream and corn syrup to a simmer; remove from heat; add finely chopped chocolate whisking until melted and smooth. Cool; pour into a squirt bottle (I use a clean catsup or mustard squirt bottle), cover and refrigerate. When ready to use put in the microwave to soften, if necessary, test the consistency on a small plate before decorating.

wine Wine recommendation: Moscato D'Asti


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