This Frozen Walnut Torte dessert is like a grown up version of a DQ ice cream cake. Hands on time is minimal although the meringues have to bake for an hour. It has to freeze overnight so it is the perfect make ahead dessert!Take Me to the Recipe!
You need to freeze at least overnight but I have frozen it up to a week before a party and I can’t tell the difference.
I am actually not a fan of meringue when it is soft meringue on top of say a lemon pie. But the dry version, especially this one which includes light brown sugar is slightly reminiscent of that caramel sponge toffee we used to eat as kids.
You can also change this recipe up to suit your taste
- substitute pecans or hazelnuts instead of walnuts,
- substitute fresh fruit chopped finely for the nuts altogether. Don’t put the fresh fruit topping on until ready to serve.
- flavour the whip cream with your favourite liqueur. There are walnut liqueurs from Italy that are divine. I think Bailey’s would also be interesting with pecan nuts…the possibilities are endless!
- what is your favourite chocolate bar? Coffee Crisp? Skor? Crispy Crunch? Make this awesome and kid friendly – grate up 1 1/2 cups of your favourite chocolate bar and use that instead of the walnuts!
This would be delicious served with an Italian Walnut liqueur. Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur) would also complement the nuttiness.
This makes a perfect, refreshing summer dessert!