Peppered plums with almond ice

Peppered plums with almond ice

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus cooling, churning and freezing

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Serves 6
Plum pudding with almonds and black pepper - a delicious dinner party dessert that's just 20 minutes work - by Gary Rhodes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition:

  • kcal409
  • fat13g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars65g
  • fibre2g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

For the almond ice

  • 300ml full-fat milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 50g ground almond
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 397g can condensed milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • almond extract (optional)

    Almond

    arr-mund or al-mund

    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • toasted flaked almonds, (optional)

    Almond

    arr-mund or al-mund

    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

For the plums

  • 9 plums, halved and stoned

    Plum

    pl-um

    The juiciest fruit in the stone fruit family, plums come in many different varieties, some sweet…

  • 1 generous tsp crushed black peppercorns
  • 2 generous tsp demerara sugar
  • about 5 tbsp maple syrup, for drizzling

Method

  1. To make the almond ice, put the milk in a pan with the ground almonds and sugar and bring to the boil. Simmer for 2-3 mins, then pour into a bowl and cool. Strain through a fine sieve, squeezing every last drop of milk and flavour from the almonds with the back of a spoon. Whisk together the almond milk with the condensed milk, adding a few drops of almond extract to taste, if you like. Churn in an ice cream machine for 15-20 mins, then freeze. Can be made up to 2 weeks ahead.

  2. Put a serving bowl for the almond ice in the freezer. Arrange the plums on a deep baking tray, cut side up. Mix together the crushed peppercorns and demerara sugar and sprinkle over the plums. Can be done up to 2 hrs ahead.

  3. Drizzle the maple syrup on top. Put under a preheated grill for 6-10 mins until the plums are tender.

  4. Now finish it in style. While the plums are grilling, scoop out spoonfuls of the almond ice into the chilled bowl. return to the freezer until the plums are ready. Arrange the plums on a platter and pour over the syrup from the tray. Serve warm with almond ice and flaked almonds.

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