Spaghettieis is a fun ice cream sundae created by Dario Fontanella, son of an Italian immigrant and owner of an ice cream parlor in Mannheim, Germany, in 1969. It has been a German specialty since then but is virtually never seen outside Germany.
The original method called for pressing vanilla ice cream through a spaetzle press, but it's unlikely you'll find one in the U.S. Using a potato ricer is the alternative method. Pressing ice cream through a potato ricer creates "noodles," strawberry sauce looks like tomato sauce, and coconut or white chocolate shavings play the Parmesan cheese role. A very cute sundae that brings out the kid in everyone.
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
- 2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice
- 1/4 cup sugar, divided
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 4 cups softened vanilla ice cream
- 2 to 3 tablespoons white chocolate shavings or coconut shreds
If you can, place plates or sundae cups in the freezer until serving time.
Prepare the Strawberry Sauce
- Cut the strawberries in half or quarters and place in a blender.
- Add the orange juice and 2 tablespoons sugar and blend until smooth. Add a little more juice or sugar to taste, if needed.
- Refrigerate until very cold, or up to one day.
Assemble the Sundaes
- Whip the cold whipping cream until soft peaks form.
- Add sugar to taste and beat until stiff. (The original sundae recipe calls for unsweetened whipped cream so omit the sugar if desired.)
- Place a dollop of whipped cream onto each plate or sundae cup.
- Use an extra plate to hold the potato ricer and scoop about 1 cup of ice cream into it.
- Holding the ricer over the sundae plate, squeeze the ice cream through the holes and swirl it onto the plate, over the whipped cream. Repeat for the other plates.
- Pour the strawberry sauce over each ice cream "noodle" creation and sprinkle with shaved, white chocolate or coconut shreds.
- Serve immediately.
- Creamier ice cream makes better-shaped "noodles." In Germany, vanilla gelato would be used. Buy the best quality ice cream you can find or buy gelato if that's possible.
- The whipped cream freezes a little under the ice cream and makes a crackly crust, which some people really like, but you can omit the whipped cream if you wish.
- You can use bottled strawberry sauce.
- If you want to make this sundae even more elaborate, add chocolate "meatballs." You could use homemade truffles or malted milk balls to fill this role in a spaghetti and meatballs sundae.
- Serve with shortbread, white chocolate chip or sugar cookies to mimic Italian bread.