The most delicious, easy homemade Italian dessert
Great recipes are usually a combination of great ingredients that match well with other great ingredients. Most people in New Jersey are familiar with the chocolate/hazelnut spread, Nutella.
It's a staple of Italian breakfast tables and know over most of the world for its amazing taste. My cousins in Southern Italy spread it on bread or anything in the morning. You can spread it on just about any other food and it's amazing.
The next ingredient is fairly well known here as "that Italian waffle cookie", called the pizzelle.
Oddly enough it's not as well known in some parts of Italy as it is here. Italian immigrants from Abruzzo brought it to the U.S. when they emigrated generations ago.
Italians in their home regions have their own specialty cookies. My mother used to make them every Christmas with her own very old pizzelle iron, much like a waffle iron.
Their thin and original flavor is anise. Today you can find them in many New Jersey supermarkets and specialty stores in a variety of flavors. So, spreading Nutella on a pizzelle is good.
Making an Italian ice cream sandwich out of that and vanilla ice cream...KA-BOOM, mind blown! I should have patented this. One local ice cream shop already stole my idea after they heard me mention it on the air. That's OK, I like to share. YOU WILL LOVE THIS!
You certainly can make your own, but pizzelles are pretty easy to find in most New Jersey supermarkets.
Try to get the thickest ones you can find.
Take your Nutella and your vanilla ice cream and get ready for deliciousness.
Spread a generous amount one on pizzelle or a thin amount on two of them.
Make sure to get the spread all the way to the edges.
Take a large spoon and shave about a quarter inch wedge of ice cream.
Place on top of the pizzelle.
It may take 3 or 4 wedges of ice cream.
Top with the second pizzelle.
Serve immediately and stand back. You may get tackled by the overly aggressive hugs you will receive. If you freeze them, use a thin layer of Nutella on two pizzelles. The Nutella really hardens up after freezing. Buon Apetitto!
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