Hazelnut meringue and chocolate ice cream
- August 2006
- Serves 8
- Takes 30 minutes to make, 45 minutes in the oven (for the meringues), plus cooling and freezing
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- 27.3g (14.1g saturated)
- 56g (54.3g sugars)
- 100g caster sugar
- 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp cornflour
- 3 egg yolks
- 375ml full-fat milk
- 150g Green & Black’s Organic Maya Gold chocolate, finely chopped
- 284ml carton whipping cream
For the hazelnut meringues
- 3 egg whites
- 200g caster sugar
- 50g hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
- First, make the meringues. Preheat the oven to 120°C/fan100°C/gas 1/2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites to stiff but not dry peaks. Gradually whisk in the sugar, until you have a stiff, glossy meringue. Fold in the hazelnuts and put spoonfuls onto 2 lined baking trays, spaced apart, to make about 18. Bake for 30 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 140°C/fan120°C/gas 1 and bake for a further 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Put the sugar and 100ml water in a small pan over a low heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then increase the heat and boil for 1 minute. Cool.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa, cornflour, egg yolks and cooled sugar syrup, until smooth. Heat the milk in a large pan until it just boils, then gradually stir into the egg mixture. Clean the pan, put over a medium-low heat and pour the mixture back in. Cook gently for 5 minutes, stirring, until the froth goes and it coats the back of the spoon. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Set aside to go cold.
- In a bowl, lightly whip the cream, then fold into the cooled chocolate mixture. Freeze in an ice cream maker following the manufacturer’s instructions, until smooth and creamy. (Or put in a freezerproof container, cover and freeze for 3 hours, until firm. Transfer to a food processor, whizz until smooth, then return to the container. Repeat twice more, then freeze until semi-firm.)
- Roughly break up 4 meringues and fold through the ice cream. Freeze until firm, or until needed.
- Put the ice cream in the fridge for 10 minutes, or until scoopable. Break up the remaining meringues and serve on top of the ice cream.
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