Tuesday, June 22, 2010

One of Mr. E's Favorites : Mocha Toffee-Crunch Terrine

Desserts for Dudes

{We just call this "layered ice cream dessert", because we're fancy like that.}

Mr. E can't decide on his very favorite dessert, but this is one of them.  Frozen and creamy...it's like a combination of cheesecake and ice cream. 

You know what I love about it?  It HAS TO be made ahead of time.  In my book, that makes it perfect for holidays and company! 

Mocha Toffee-Crunch Terrine {or Layered Ice Cream Dessert}
(modified from Everyday Food , issue #2)

19 chocolate wafer cookies
2 tsp. instant espresso powder
11 ounces cream cheese
1/2 c. sugar
1 TBSP vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
1 & 1/4 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. toffee bits
1/3 c. chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1 TBSP dutch-process (or natural) cocoa powder

Line a 9x5" loaf pan with 2 sheets of plastic wrap, long sides overhanging by about 3". Arrange 3 wafers, flat side up in the bottom of the pan.

Dissolve the instant espresso powder in 1 tsp. water and set aside.

Beat the cream cheese with the sugar several minutes until light and fluffy.  Beat in the vanilla bean paste.  Set aside.

In another bowl, beat the cream until soft peaks form.  Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture in 3 additions until fully combined.

In one bowl, mix 1 and 1/3 cup of the vanilla cream mixture with the toffee bits.  In another bowl, add the cooled chocolate and cocoa with another 1 & 1/3 cup of vanilla cream.  Finally, add the coffee mixture into the remaining cream.

With a rubber spatula, spread the coffee mixture into the bottom of the pan.  Cover with 8 wafers, overlapping if necessary.  Add the chocolate mixture and spread evenly; cover with 8 more wafers.  Add the toffee mixture and spread.

Press the plastic wrap onto the top and freeze at least 4 hours.  Invert onto a serving platter; remove plastic.  Let sit 5 minutes and cut into slices.

Are you guys feeling lucky?  The dancing queens, Molly & Amanda, from idance ordered cookies, but not for themselves, for YOU!!! They are giving away a half dozen cookies baked by little ol' me!

{Have you been to idance?  It's so fun!  Be sure to read their "revolution" page...I think it's something a lot of us can relate to!}

So, GO!  Go enter!  What are you waiting for?!?


  1. You have me at the ice cream. I think those cookies just made me develop a heart murmur. Which is most certainly the anatomically incorrect way of saying that my heart skipped a beat since I know NOTHING about modern medicine or even old fashioned medicine for that matter.

    Good thing I hijacked your baking blog to discuss my inability to tell the difference between medical jargon.



  2. My dude would love that ice cream dessert! Me too!
    Those cookies are darling...I'm going to jump over there and enter. I have my fingers crossed:)

  3. yum yum yum, ice-cream!
    Those cookies are just so cute, I can't stand it!

  4. Thanks for the recipe! I am tucking it away for my summer dinner party!

  5. My husband would love this dessert! He is a coffee flavor lover! And the cookies are awesome too!!

  6. Yum! That looks kike the only thing that will cool me down in this Houston heat. Love the sprinkles on the dance cookies! So cute!

  7. great terrine and awesome cookies!

  8. Ever since she was little, my daughter has wanted an ice cream cake for her birthday. Every year f I bought her a Dairy Queen cake. This year I think she is getting Mr. E.'s favourite Mocha Toffee-Crunch Terrine!

    I love how you decorated these Dance cookies Bridget. The colourful dots around the border and then framing the photo with the sprinkles. It all comes together so perfectly.

  9. Beautiful! I think the whole family would lvoe this one. Thank you!

  10. this might be a really dumb question: you are supposed to whip the cream, before folding it in, right?

  11. Wow you know just what I like!!! I MUST make this soon!!! It would be perfect for this crazy heat we're having lately.

    Those cookies are so adorable! Great job!

  12. Garner....yes. I think I typed "beat" in the instructions, but, "whip" would probably be better. Whip it until soft peaks form. :)

  13. Oh wow, my guy would love this! ...If he even gets a spoonful before I eat it all. That looks absolutely divine! And those cookies are adorable, too!

  14. Yum! Forget the dudes...this one's for me!

  15. Bridget this looks delicious! Thanks... I am going to make it for sure! Can you explain the chocolate wafers a little more? Do you mean like oreos? The whole thing or just the chocolate part? And you only layer 3 on the bottom? Sorry I can be dense sometimes. :-)

  16. That looks really good. I love adding coffee.

  17. WOW this looks amazing and something we would LOVE!!!....and I just bought Vanilla Bean paste last week!!

    Thanks for the great recipe!!

  18. OMGoodness!
    I think I just hurt myself!
    I just fell to the floor.
    Thank GOODNESS I landed on my fluffy bee-honee!
    I just fell to the floor when I spotted this ICECREAM desert that my hub would LOVE!
    I mean seriously!
    If I WHIPPED this up for GREG...
    I could go for DAYS without doing anything but blogging and he'd never even notice!!!!!!
    He would be in HEAVEN...for months!
    I seriously am glad you don't live on Bainbridge Bridget!
    Greg would be soooo distracted! ;o)
    You know he has a CRUSH on you!
    I mean you make everything he LOVES!!!!!
    Mr. E...is BEYOND LUCKY!!!!!!!!
    BLow him a kiss from me and remind him how completely LUCKY he is!!!!!
    Now...about that BRIDGET COOKIES giveaway!
    I fear I may injury myself once again racing over there to enter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. You are the MASTER of all things cookies, (I bow to you) but now ice cream too!? Wow. And, Yum!

  20. My 13yo daughter is on an homemade ice cream kick. Yesterday it was Cherry Frozen Yogurt and today Coffee Ice Cream. She served it to me with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. I think I like the teen years:) I know she's going to be all over this!

  21. This looks delicious, I love how you can make it ahead of time too as you can make it then forget about it until you need it! Fab!

  22. I never get tired of ice-cream and i could have it everyday. This would be the perfect cake, i love coffee, chocolate and toffee. . .

  23. Hey Shondra! You can buy a box of cookies made by Nabisco called "Famous Chocolate Wafers." The box is yellow and is always hard to find. In my grocery store it is on the end cap of the frozen food aisle by the ice cream cones, etc.

    You can certainly substitute the cookie part of Oreos of these...they are just a little smaller and thicker. Just scoop out the cream...what you do with it is between you and your kitchen. ;)

    Yes, before you start layering the cream, place 3 cookies, like a traffic light, in the pan. That way, when you invert and unmold it, there are 3 cookies on the top. You could totally skip this part, too. Or crumble the cookies! Whatever you want.

    Hope that helps!

  24. I have no idea what a terrine is, but it looks like something I should eat!! :P

    Another FABULOUS recipe!

  25. Dear Lord, I'm in heaven! It's so elegant and decedent! Must make!

  26. Oh.My.Goodness. This looks so good!

  27. This is simply mouthwatering!!

  28. Call it what you like... what's not to love about this dessert? :) YUM!!!!

  29. Looks delicious :) I love everything about this dessert! and I love love love your cookies! I come here for inspiration whenever I have to decorate sugar cookies

  30. I am with Amanda. Ice Cream is my weakness. And combining all those flavors together : SOLD!

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  32. Love the frozen dessert. My hubby would love it!

  33. This looks soo good!!! Coffee Ice cream in there too?!! I will never lose the weight I need to with all the baking I have been doing, and then to add this too it...... hmmmm might just have to start going to the gym twice a day :-)

    I did try the german chocolate frosting recipe that you posted. I made my own cupcakes and chocolate frosting.

    Check it out on my blog :

  34. I'm seriously drooling over this. My husband would go crazy for it too. Thanks for sharing...it's a definite must make :)

  35. This looks absolutely delicious! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe!


  36. How delightful. Wonderful.
    Patty Martins

  37. omg i love your blog!!
    everything looks soooo good :)
    love the mocha flavour :)

  38. I made this as our 4th of July cookout dessert! It was a huge hit. Absolutely delicious! I forgot to pick up the toffee chips, so I made my own. Also, the store didn't have chocolate wafers, so I substituted Archway Dutch cocoa cookies. It turned out perfect! Thanks for a recipe that is definitely a KEEPER.

  39. Thanks for sharing your recipe and your tips as well, great help for me as a newbie in the kitchen, just starting ang enjoying baking.

  40. OMG this looks decadent! All flavors my family loves. Thanks for sharing this recipe but not for the calories! YUM!!!


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