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Vietnamese Coffee Gelato w/ Toblerone Chunks and Sesame Seed Tuile Mini Cones

As my contribution to La Festa al Fresco festaalfresco2007.jpg at Cream Puffs in Venice I volunteered to bring a dessert. This year my dessert is Vietnamese coffee gelato w/ Toblerone chocolate chunks. I also made homemade mini cones so the party guests can easily pop these bite-size bits of yum directly into their mouths for a nice brain freeze! Or if they choose to, they can take dainty little bites, but I prefer to pop the little things in my mouth all at once for a great tasting sensory experience!!


Vietnamese Coffee Gelato w/ Toblerone Chunks (recipe adapted from Food & Wine)


3 cups whole milk

One 14 ounce can  sweetened condensed milk

1 cup expresso

1 1/2 pinches of salt

6  large egg yolks

6 ounces Toblerone (coarsely chopped)


1) In medium saucepan combine the whole milk, condensed milk, expresso and salt, then bring to a simmer

2) In medium size mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks until pale yellow

3) Whisk 2 tablespoons of the milk mixture into the egg yolks (do this slowly to avoid curdling the yolks), then whisk in the remaining milk little by little

4) Place bowl over a pot of simmering water and cook over a gentle heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon (do not let temperature exceed 170 degrees F or mixture will start to curdle)

5) Cool in an ice bath

6) Chill for at least 4 hours in fridge

7) Churn in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions, adding the chopped Toblerone halfway through the churning process

8) Transfer gelato to a 2 quart plastic container, place a piece of parchment paper cut to size on the surface of gelato (this will reduce air exposure and prevent ice crystals from forming on the surface of the gelato), seal the container and freeze until firm

Yield: Approx. 1 ½ quarts

Tuile Mini Cones w/ Black Sesame Seeds (recipe adapted from The French Laundry Cookbook)


1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar

8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened but still cool to the touch

2 large egg whites, cold

2 tablespoons black sesame seeds


1) In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour and sugar

2) In a separate bowl, whisk the softened butter until it is smooth and mayonnaise-like in texture

3) Using a stiff spatula or spoon, beat the egg whites into the dry ingredients until completely incorporated and smooth

4) Whisk in the softened butter by thirds, scraping the side of the bowl as necessary and whisking until the batter is creamy and without any lumps

5) Transfer batter to a smaller container so it will be easier to work with

6) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

7) Make a 4 inch hollow stencil

8) Place a Silpat on the counter (it is easier to work on the Silpat before it is placed on the sheet pan)

9) Place the stencil on one corner of the Silpat and, holding the stencil flat against the Silpat, scoop some of the batter onto the back of an offset spatula and spread it in an even layer over the stencil, then run the spatula over the entire stencil to remove any excess batter (after baking the first batch of cones you will be able to judge the correct thickness: you may need a little more or less batter to adjust the thickness of the cones). There should not be any holes in the batter

10) Lift the stencil and repeat the process to make as many rounds as you have molds or to fill the Silpat, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between the cones

11) Sprinkle each cone w/ a pinch of black sesame seeds

12) Place the Silpat on a heavy baking sheet and bake for 4 to 6 minutes, or until the batter is set and rippling from the heat (the cones may have browned in some areas, but they will not be evenly browned at this point)

13) Open the oven door and place the baking sheet on the door (this will help keep the cones warm as you roll them, and will prevent them from becoming too stiff to roll)

14) Flip a cone over on the sheet pan, sesame seed side down, and place a 4 1/2 inch cone mold (size #35) at the bottom of the round (if you are right-handed, you will want the pointed end of the mold on your left and the open end on your right). The tip of the mold should touch the lower left edge (at about 7 o’clock on a clock face)

15) Fold the bottom of the cone up and around the mold and carefully roll upward and towards the the left to wrap the cone tightly around the mold: it should remain on the sheet pan as you roll. Leave the cone wrapped around the mold and continue to roll the cones, seam side down, on the sheet pan so they lean against each other to prevent them from rolling

16) When the cones are rolled, return them to the oven shelf, close the door, and bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes to set the seams and color the cones a golden brown. If the color is uneven, stand the cones on end for a minute or so more until the color is even

17) Remove the cones from the oven and allow to cool slightly, 30 seconds or so. Gently remove the cones from the molds and cool for several minutes on paper towels

18) Remove the Silpat from the baking sheet, wipe the excess butter from it, and allow to cool down before spreading the next batch

19) Store the cones for up to 2 days (for maximum flavor) in an airtight container

Yield: Approx. 24 cones

Now I’m off to the party…. hope to see ya there!!

 A votre sante’…..


17 Responses to “Vietnamese Coffee Gelato w/ Toblerone Chunks and Sesame Seed Tuile Mini Cones”

  1. 1 Ivonne

    Oh, Bruno!

    You have outdone yourself. I especially love the toblerone chunks. I’m glad you could make it to the party again. It wouldn’t be the same without you!

  2. 2 barbara

    I’ll be having some of that Bruno. Looks delicious.

  3. 3 brunosdream

    Ivonne – Thank you, thank you! It’s a pleasure to come to your party again!!

    Barbara – Thanks! Look for a drippy package in your mailbox :-)

  4. 4 Patricia Scarpin

    Bruno, can I grab one cone? Or maybe 3?
    That idea is fabulous, and with Toblerone… It doesn’t get much better than that!

  5. 5 Sylvia

    Oh my …This a such wonderful combination ,i truly love this ice cream

  6. 6 brilynn

    Anything with toblerone is bound to be good. Those look amazing!

  7. 7 brunosdream

    Patricia – Thanks! Grab as many as you like, I made extra :-)

    Sylvia – Thanks for visiting and thanks for the compliments!

    Brilynn – Thank you! I love Toblerone too…

  8. 8 arfi

    What a heavenly dessert, Bruno! I’ll see you at the party. I wonder, why they call it Vietnamese coffee, do you know? As what I know that traditional Vietnamese coffee is brewed and then stirred with condensed milk. Pretty much similar to traditional Indonesian coffee.

  9. 9 Tartelette

    Bravissimo! I love Vietnamese coffe, love Toblerone and love sesame tuiles! Wonderful!!

  10. 10 Lisa

    Fantastic dessert, Bruno – simply gorgeous! thank you so much for sharing them at our Festa table!!


  11. 11 brunosdream

    Arfi – Thank you! The creator of this recipe was Vietnamese… and it does contain condensed milk. Originally it was an ice cream, but I added egg yolks to make it a gelato. Looking forward to seeing you at the party.

    Tartelette – Thank you so much!! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe… I hope you give it a try!

    Lisa – You are very welcome! Thanks for visiting my blog. I greatly appreciate your compliments. I look forward to seeing you at La Festa… I thank you and Ivonne for being such gracious hosts!!

  12. 12 Laura Rebecca

    Those are amazing; just beautiful! You clearly put a lot of work into these and it looks like it paid off!

  13. 13 brunosdream

    Laura – Thanks! I’m glad you like the cones!

  14. 14 Shaun

    Bruno – Wow, what a fabulous dessert! I don’t know that I have the required dexterity to form the itty-bitty cones, but I love the ingredients – the black sesame seeds are particularly intriguing. The combination of gelato and cone must have been better than any bought at a gelateria.

  15. 15 brunosdream

    Shaun – Thank you very much!! I’m glad you liked my dessert. I bet if you tried you could make some nice cones… they do take a bit of time, but it’s well worth it.

  16. 16 js

    Bruno – these look fantastic! I was wondering if you could give me a tip on where you found the cone molds… I’ve been having trouble finding “size #35″; all the ones I’ve run across seem to be a little too “wide”, approximately 4.5″ x 1.5″ (or 2″). I was under the impression that size #35 is more like 5.5″ x 1.5″ or so? (Please correct me if I’m wrong on the dimensions.) If you don’t mind divulging your source, I’d be very appreciative!

  17. 17 brunosdream

    Hi JS and thanks!

    The molds I used were #927, which are 4 1/2″ x 1 3/8″, but they are a bit too small. They were the only size available at Sur la Table at the time I was doing this recipe. I don’t know the dimensions of the #35 cone molds which the French Laundry uses for their savory cones. Good luck w/ your search.

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