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'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?!?
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