February 13th is National Tortoni Day.
A tortoni is an Italian frozen dessert, similar to ice cream. It was extremely popular in the early to mid 1900’s, found on every Italian restaurant menu in New York City. They were often labels Biscuit Tortoni. Upstarts, like tirmisu, pushed out this classic treat. There maybe one or two restaurants around that still serve this dish, but that’s okay. It’s easy to make it at home.
Simply Delicious Tortoni
1/2 cup crushed macaroons
1/2 cup crushed toasted almonds
1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons dark rum
2 cups heavy cream, divided
3 – 4 maraschino cherries
Line a cupcake pan with paper liners and set aside.
Mix macaroons, almonds, sugar, rum, and 1 cup of the cream together.
Whip the remaining cream to soft peaks.
Gently fold it into the nut-sugar-cream mixture.
Spoon mixture into paper cups and freeze.
After 2 hours, sprinkle the tops with remaining crushed almonds.
Place a half cherry in the center of each cup for decoration.
Return to freezer.
source: Lost Foods of New York