The Taster’s Christmas Ice Cream Bombe
This is The Taster’s biggest Top Tip for Christmas. The shape and colour make this Bombe a showstopping alternative to Christmas Pud: stick a bit of holly on top, and who’d know the difference? All the ingredients can be personalised, so your Bombe is as unique as you choose to make it. And because it is frozen, you can create it in advance and remain relaxed and unhurried on The Big Day.
1 litre ice cream (2 posh pots)
200g dark chocolate (2 posh bars)
1 kg Madeira cake, panettone or similar
125ml wine (1 small glass)
4 tablespoons raspberry jam
Pistachios, candied peel, glacé fruit etc
Take the ice cream out of the freezer. While it is warming, line a bowl — first with clingfilm, and then with slices of cake. Pack them well together. Cut out little triangles to fill any gaps. Drizzle the wine over the cake, then use the back of a spoon to spread the jam all over it. Stir your fruits and nuts into the melty ice cream, and pour it into the bowl.
Tamp it all down well, clingfilm the top and freeze overnight.
Next day, melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir it, to make it smooth. Turn the bombe out onto a cakestand, and pour the chocolate evenly over it. Serve straight away, or return to the freezer.
Any cake that absorbs wine will do — Madeira, Panettone, plain sponge, Swiss roll. The wine could be Marsala, Madeira, vin santo, amaretto or medium sherry.
Raspberry jam seems to work best, but apricot would add a floral note.
For the ice cream, The Taster suggests vanilla, cookie dough, coffee or pistachio. Enrich it with anything you like. The chocolate too can vary. Fairtrade supplier Divine does dark chocolate & raspberry bars, which would tie in with the raspberry jam. See divinechocolate
2. Coffee & chocolate ice creams, chocolate-coated coffee beans, hazelnuts & white chocolate shell
3. As mentioned above – for a raspberry explosion, try using raspberry ripple ice cream, raspberry jam and Divine Chocolate’s dark chocolate & raspberry bar (pictured). The tangy raspberry pieces in the chocolate gives the shell a lumpy appearance which is not without its own charm.
4. Christmas cake ice cream, with fruit already in it — Simply Icecream does an award-winning version with winter spices and rum-soaked raisins, so half your work is done. See simplyicecream
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