Spumoni originated in Naples, Italy, and was introduced to America in the 1870s by Italian immigrants. Traditionally, spumoni would include chocolate, cherry, and pistachio gelato. Once in America, Italian ice cream shop owners eliminated the fruit and nuts to keep costs down, and the flavors eventually became chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. However, American ice cream does not taste like Italian spumoni. Spumoni should always be sliced, never scooped!
STRUFFOLI! Viva Italia! Ingredients: 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 4 tablespoons sugar 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 fluid ounce whiskey (rye, bourbon, or Canadian is fine but not Scotch) 3 cups honey oil or shortening for deep frying multi colored sprinkles (the little round hard sprinkles – NOT the soft elongated ones used on ice cream)
Coffee-Drowned Gelato or Ice Cream Perfect any time of year, but particularly the warmer months, easy-to-make Affogato al Caffè is an elegant way to serve coffee to your guests, no matter how hot the temperature gets outside.