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It is Summertime Somewhere Tortoni (2 versions)

Ice cream. I think it is the food of the gods. Ice cream is a mood lifter: happiness by the spoonful. Simplistic I know. Therefore I do not have to wait until it is spring/summer on the calendar to plan on a frozen treat. It is summertime somewhere - that is my global thinking put to use.
A tortoni recipe can be modified to your likes. It is rather like a small version of an ice cream blizzard, or a flurry.

It is Summertime Somewhere Tortoni (2 versions)
Peach Tortoni
1 quart vanilla ice cream
1 cup peach slices
Rum to flavor
8 whole toasted almonds
Stir vanilla ice cream until soft. Add peaches and enough rum to flavor. Spoon into paper lined muffin cups. Freeze until nearly firm. Poke a whole almond, point down, into each ice cream cup. Freeze until firm. Serves 8

Cookies and Cream Tortoni
1 quart vanilla ice cream
1/2 c toasted almonds chopped
5 of your favorite cookies
3 T rum
3/4 c semi sweet chocolate chips
1 c heavy cream, chilled

Crumble the cookies into 1/2" pieces. Place in a bowl and flavor with the rum. Add almonds and chocolate chips to this mixture. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat cream until thickened. Spoon over cookie mixture.
In same bowl beat ice cream just until softened. Fold cookie and cream mixture into ice cream. Divide evenly into paper lined muffin cups. Freeze until serving time. (Summertime somewhere!)

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