Thursday, December 29, 2011

simple summer pudding

Now, it's not just because she's my new best friend {see post below - squee!} but I do tend to follow Nigella's advice when it comes to plating up desserts. Simple can still be spectacular. This recipe is one I've adapted to much applause from a Jamie Oliver recipe I caught out of the corner of my eye. And oh, it's so simple. I'm repeating the recipe from the other day - it's always better with pics isn't it?

There's no baking involved, just assembly. All you need to do is buy two packets of mini chocolate sponge rolls, 2 litres of good quality vanilla icecream, frozen raspberries, and your favourite dark chocolate (I used Lindt Passionfruit Intense). Soften the icecream, stir in as many raspberries as you like, cut the chocolate into long shards and mix chocolate and raspberries together through the icecream. If it's an adult's only dessert add a liqueur like Cassis, but if not, add some Monin Rose Syrup, or stir through some extra vanilla extract.

Unroll the mini sponges and use them to line a pudding basin {don't bother removing the icing, but place the icing side facing inwards}. Overlap if possible, otherwise bits of icecream seep out {which I don't mind - looks pretty}. Fill with icecream and top with sponge. Cover with gladwrap, weigh down with something {I used a packet of arborio rice that I had in the freezer to stave off weevils} and refreeze for at least two hours - but this keeps for days, so do it as far in advance as you need.

Remove from fridge around 10 minutes before serving. Using a butterknife, go around the outside edges of the sponge, easing it away from the bowl. Sometimes you almost have to 'pull' it away using the knife. Invert it onto a large plate and pull off the bowl to the gasps of your guests.

Now, you can sprinkle it with icing sugar and grated chocolate if you're feeling fancy. Next, cut it into wedges and serve.


You could also add a raspberry coulis or chocolate sauce if you were in the mood to up the decadence factor. Also, you're only limited by your imagination. I've chopped up Picnics, used poached peaches and nectarines with a vanilla sponge, and thrown in some nuts as well. It's so simple, and yet looks so impressive. Give it a go.


  1. That sounds amazingly simple and delicious. Thinking of trying. x

  2. Wow! Wow! Wow! All my favourites rolled into one...chocolate cake, icecream, raspberries & lindt chocolate. Oh My Goodness! I can't put this together quick enough...freeze faster for goodness sake!
    Alison x

  3. It looks delicious. Congrats on your tweet from Nigella.

  4. Holy crap that looks delicious! I think I've just found my New Year's Eve dessert. Chocolate/ White Chocolate/ Butterscotch sauce over the top would make those flavours pop. Yum!! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year ! xx

  5. Oh yum! That looks so yummy and sounds so easy. And my two favourite foodies - Nigella and Jamie, though I'm not yet on tweeting terms with them, unlike some lucky peeps I know;) xx

  6. I was just dropping by to wish you a Happy New Year I look forward to engaging more with you in 2012. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  7. double yum - you had me at raspberries or was it lindt choc ... hmmm hard to define .. best for 2012 le xox

  8. YUM! I'm about to Pinterest you on this! (Not as fabulous as a retweet from Nigella, but it's sooo close!)

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