Amaretto Pots au Chocolat

5 Star, Dessert | 17th March 2014 | By

The Belgian chocolate brand, Godiva, recently launched its first ever chocolate challenge in the UK. The aim of the competition was to create the best ever chocolate dessert taking into account taste, texture and presentation. From a shortlist of ten, four finalists will be invited to create their desserts in front of a panel of judges, including William Sitwell and Mark Hix. The winner will have their dessert served in one of Hix’s London restaurants and all four finalists get a five star trip to Belgium. A nice prize all round and I was keen to get involved. I was sent some Godiva white and dark chocolate pearls to create a dessert for this very purpose.


Plum, Amaretti and White Chocolate Ripple Ice Cream

Ice Cream | 7th March 2014 | By

Plum Ice Cream

Last month on Valentine’s Day, I received a surprise tray of stone fruit from Beautiful Country Beautiful Fruit – I felt the love. These colourful, juicy ripe and ready to eat plums and nectarines were most welcome after the months of excessive grey, rain and cold we’ve been experiencing this winter. They tasted of warmth and sunshine. With summer very much in mind and wanting to show off the fabulous purple of the plums, ice-cream was the first thing that sprang to mind. Just like cherries, I find that almonds go particularly well with plums, so I decided to use some amaretto liqueur in the mix along with a few amaretti biscuits for a touch of additional luxury.

Purple Plum

No Churn Ice Cream

The ice cream turned out just as I’d hoped. The fruit gave a welcome splash of tartness, cutting through the sweet cream and the flavour of both fruit and almond was well to the fore; the additional crunch from the biscuits gave added interest.

I am submitting this to #RecipeOfTheWeek over at A Mummy Too

I’m entering this into Dead Easy Desserts over at Maison Cupcake where any preparation has to be achieved within 30 mins. Despite cooking plums and melting chocolate, this is a simple dessert that can easily be achieved in this time if the chocolate is melting whilst the plums are cooking. You could even melt the chocolate over the cooking plums.

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Plum Ice Cream

Plum, Amaretti and White Chocolate Ice Cream

by 2013
This is an easy to make no churn ice cream which is quite sweet so works particularly well with tart fruit.
  • 500g purple plums (6 large ones) – washed and stoned
  • 2 tbsp Amaretto
  • 200ml Condensed milk
  • 600ml Double cream
  • 80g White chocolate
  • 7 amaretti biscuits

  • Chop the plums and place in a pan with the 2 tbsp water. Simmer until soft (about 10 mins). Leave to cool. Add Amaretto & blend to a puree.
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl suspended over hot water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Stir in 100g of the condensed milk.
  • Whip the double cream until soft peaks form, taking care not to over whip. Add the rest of the condensed milk and whip again to ensure peaks remain. 
  • Add the white chocolate and stir in.
  • Crush 5 amaretti biscuits and stir in.
  • Fold in the fruit mixture to create a ripple effect. Spoon into a 2 x 1 litre freezer containers. Crush an amaretti biscuit over each batch. Cover and freeze.

Yield: 2 litres