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The Michelangelo (A Milkshake Masterpiece)

The Michelangelo (Marzipan and Almond Praline Milkshakes) for #MilkshakeWeek from @loveandoliveoil

This milkshake, and its name, was inspired by a uniquely memorable cup of gelato I had in Italy back in 2011. I swear, that trip (our belated-honeymoon) has provided more inspiration for this blog than anything else; I feel like I’ve recreated (or tried to recreate) just about every delectable morsel we enjoyed there. And this gelato is no exception. The gelato from La Sorbetteria in Bologna was by far the most remarkable gelato we had the entire trip (and believe me, we ate a lot of gelato, so that’s saying something.) Dubbed Creme de Michelangelo, it was a true masterpiece, with a base of creamy (possibly chocolate? I can’t remember) almond ice cream and bits of candied almond praline mixed in.

Needless to say, it made an impression on me. And I figured recreating it in milkshake form was the next logical step.

The Michelangelo (Marzipan and Almond Praline Milkshakes) for #MilkshakeWeek from @loveandoliveoil

How can you go wrong, really, with a vanilla ice cream base, a hearty dose of marzipan, and sweet caramelized chunks of almond praline? It’s not perfectly smooth, rather delightfully gritty, with chunks of almond and praline and marzipan swirling about. This is a milkshake for those of you who prefer your milkshakes with some texture and tooth.

Oh, and if you prefer your milkshakes boozy, splash some amaretto in there too. See? Everyone’s happy.

I’ll wait while you scrape your jaw off the floor.

The Michelangelo (Marzipan and Almond Praline Milkshakes) for #MilkshakeWeek from @loveandoliveoil

First, obviously, I had to figure out the almond praline. I found a simple recipe for Southern Pralines from Robin at Add a Pinch. I’d never made pralines before, and the recipes I found varied greatly from simply caramelized sugar and nuts to versions with butter, brown sugar, and dairy. I didn’t want anything too hard (and risk damaging my blender, or my teeth), so I went with a recipe that promised chewy results. Using almonds instead of pecans, and with an added splash of almond extract for good measure, they turned out exactly as I envisioned for this recipe. And the best part is, if they don’t quite turn out picture perfect (my first tray was a bit thin, as I neglected to read the last step of the recipe and didn’t wait for the syrup to thicken). But, since you’re throwing them in the blender, it really doesn’t matter what they look like. You’re only after the flavor in the end.

The Michelangelo (Marzipan and Almond Praline Milkshakes) for #MilkshakeWeek from @loveandoliveoil

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Hungry for more? Check out these other amazing #MilkshakeWeek concoctions: Cappuccino Milkshake from The Little Kitchen, Berries & Cream Milkshake from My Baking Addiction, Birthday Cake Milkshake from Cookies and Cups, Blueberry Pie Smoothie from Warm Vanilla Sugar, Mocha Malt Shakes from Bluebonnets & Brownies, Dark Chocolate Raspberry Milkshake from Dairy Good Life, Nerds Milkshake from Rachel Cooks, Pistachio Cookies And Cream Shake from kokocooks, Key Lime Pie Milkshakes from Katie’s Cucina, Peanut Butter Cup Banana Milkshake from Reluctant Entertainer, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake from FoodieCrush.

The Michelangelo (Marzipan and Almond Praline Milkshakes)

Yield: 2 8-ounce servings

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

For Almond Pralines:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped almonds
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

For Milkshakes:

  • 8 ounces vanilla ice cream
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) almond paste or high-quality marzipan
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 ounces praline candies
  • Whipped cream and coarsely chopped almonds, for garnish

Directions:

  1. To make pralines, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Add remaining 3 tablespoons butter, sugar, brown sugar, and half-and-half and stir until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Add almonds. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 238ºF. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Stir for 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened, then drop by heaping teaspoons onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pralines should settle into smooth mounds; if the syrup is too thin, stir a little longer. Let cool until set. Extra pralines will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  2. To prepare milkshakes, scoop ice cream into the canister of a blender. Add almond paste, pralines, and milk. Blend on medium-low speed until smooth. Add more milk as needed to acheive desired consistency. Divide among chilled glasses. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and chopped almonds, as desired.

Pralines adapted from Add a Pinch.

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  1. 1
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 4:48 am

    You went to the work of making pralines, only to blend them up – now THAT is dedication to the flavor profile you want! And I know this has got to have so many amazing layers of flavor! Pinned

    And what a great story about how much inspiration your trip has provided your blog recipes over the years. I need a trip like that :)

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  2. 2
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Just gorgeous..

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  3. 3
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 5:45 am

    This milkshake definitely lives up to it’s name!

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  4. 4
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Uh this milkshake sound sooo good!!

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  5. 5
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 6:39 am

    I like my milkshakes with a bit of texture, I often add graham crackers or oreos! Haha!
    This milkshake sounds divine and worthy of its name! 

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  6. 6
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 6:57 am

    BEST WEEK EVER. I love it when travels inspire recipes at home, and now I want to book a ticket to Bologna just to experience that gelato first hand!

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    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Oh my gosh, these sound so good! When visiting New Orleans a couple years ago, I had my first authentic praline and was totally hooked! These milkshakes might be happening in my kitchen…VERY soon! :)

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  8. 8
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Those almond pralines look SO GOOD!! Definitely a masterpiece. I love this!

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  9. 9
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 7:36 am

    So fancy!!! This looks like the perfect milkshake!

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  10. 10
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Now this is a milkshake worth a little extra work! Love the one! :)

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  11. 11
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 8:06 am

    This milkshake really IS a masterpiece!

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  12. 12
    Kim Henrichs
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 8:34 am

    yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  13. 13
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Oh my word!  Masterpiece is the right word for this.

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  14. 14
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Love this shake. So much care put into creating it, and it is obviously so worth it! :)

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  15. 15
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 8:53 am

    What fun milkshakes!! I love everything about them, from the flavors to the cute jars, to those fun straws! :)

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  16. 16
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Oh my goodness. A splash of amaretto?! You just get me.

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  17. 17
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 9:53 am

    This just looks like heaven! I can’t wait to try it out :)

    -Natalie
    girlsandcity.blogspot.com

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  18. 18
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 11:20 am

    marzipan? did someone say marzipan?!?!?

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  19. 19
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I’m really loving the boozy additions to the milkshake recipes!

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  20. 20
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I would devour these milkshakes even through the pain of being lactose intolerant. It’s a beast, I tell ya.

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  21. 21
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    oh my…we want to drink this NOW!!! looks amazing! <3
    laura&nora

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  22. 22
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    these look soooo yummy!

    http://www.hikinginheels.co.uk

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  23. 23
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    These shakes truly do look like a work of art!  I like that you add an alcoholic option to your shakes to make them more adult-friendly.

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  24. 24
    Posted On July 9, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    This looks amazing! I’ll have to make it in my tiny kitchen. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. 25
    Posted On July 10, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Marzipan in a milkshake is a new one to me but now that I’ve heard about it I just can’t stop thinking about it. The pictures are amazing!

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  26. 26
    Posted On July 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Shut the front door! I have no words. I am so in love. 

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  27. 27
    Posted On July 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    So fancy! Love the idea of marzipan in milkshake!!

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  28. 28
    Sally T.
    Posted On July 10, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Happy #MilkshakeWeek! Enter to win one of two amazing prizes from @FloridaMilk @KitchenAidUSA & @loveandoliveoil:sal222s
    chocolate is my favorite

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  29. 29
    Posted On July 11, 2014 at 9:16 am

    You had me at almond praline. Holy heck. Now I want to go to Italy and eat all the things!

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  30. 30
    Posted On July 12, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Yum! This looks crazy tasty!  Love the milk bottle glasses!

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  31. 31
    heena kim
    Posted On July 14, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    This milkshake looks good. Where can I buy this jar?? Please let me know thank u..

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  32. 32
    Yashmita
    Posted On July 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Love the milkshake glasses where can I buy from

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  33. 33
    Federica
    Posted On July 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I am from Bologna..so I know what you mean!! Michelangelo it’s one of my fav at Sorbetteria

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