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Quick freezer dessert

Last night’s dessert challenge was to make something quick and “healthy” from the contents of the freezer, ideally using up the remains of the jar of chocolate sauce that was sitting in the fridge waiting for just this moment. Fortunately I have a well stocked freezer, which almost always contains ice cream and some sort of frozen fruit (as well as enough food to feed the whole road for a week or so, in case of emergency, my husband says). The ice cream was Carte D’Or Vanilla Light “with 50% less fat and 30% fewer calories than classic Vanilla”, so with the addition of a bit of fruit, that’s dealt adequately with “healthy”. The chocolate sauce was “Heston from Waitrose”, which is probably not terribly healthy but does deal with the chocolate fix.

You need:

    Frozen raspberries
    Chocolate sauce
    Vanilla ice cream

Put the raspberries in a colander, rinse them under cold water to remove any ice crystals, and to start the defrosting process. Drain, then put in a dish to finish thawing. Get on with cooking and eating the main course.

Retrieve half used jar of chocolate sauce from back of fridge. Scoop contents into microwavable bowl and microwave on full power for around 20 to 30 seconds to soften and warm.

Place scoops of healthy ice cream into serving dishes, add the equally healthy raspberries, and any juice. Spoon a generous helping of chocolate sauce over everything.

Eat, and enjoy the flavour of the tart raspberries with the rich chocolate, and the texture of the melting ice cream combining with the raspberry juices and chocolate sauce.

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Use that orange! Sunday chocolate and orange sponge.

I wanted a quick and easy pudding to follow Sunday lunch. I had a juicy orange to use up, and, as always, a well-stocked store cupboard. At first I was going to do my usual fruit salad, with secret ingredient (Southern Comfort), but I was bored with that. I figured that any combination that involved chocolate and ice cream wouldn’t be too inedible, so thought I’d risk an experiment. Anyway, my family and friends are used to experiments, and still keep coming back.

This is what I did. This serves four quite hungry people (or three quite greedy ones).

  • 4 oz good quality dark chocolate (I used a well-known supermarket’s own brand 70% chocolate)
  • 1 orange
  • 2 1/2 oz sugar
  • 4 oz butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 oz self-raising flour (or plain flour with 1 tsp baking powder), sifted

Grate the orange zest, then peel the orange and separate into segments, removing any pith and stringy bits. You can remove the segments from the membranes if you like, for a slightly less chewy end-result, but I didn’t bother. With a sharp knife, chop each segment into four or five chunks.

Break the chocolate into small pieces, and melt over a bowl of hot water.

Cream the butter, sugar and grated zest until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a little sifted flour with each. Fold in the rest of the flour, then the melted chocolate, chopped orange segments, and any juice from the chopped orange.

Turn into a greased dish, and bake for 30 minutes, at 180 degrees (170 for fan ovens). The sponge should be cooked, but the inside will probably still be slightly gooey. That’s just how you want it to be.

Serve warm with ice-cream.

Next time, I’d like to try replacing 2 oz of the flour with the same amount of ground almonds. I would have tried that this time, except that I knew that one of my Sunday lunch guests today didn’t like anything that contained nuts.

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