Peppered plums with almond ice

Peppered plums with almond ice

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Cooking time

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

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
409
protein
10g
carbs
67g
fat
13g
saturates
6g
fibre
2g
sugar
65g
salt
0.3g

Ingredients

For the almond ice

  • 300ml full-fat milk
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 397g can condensed milk
  • almond extract (optional)
  • toasted flaked almonds, (optional)

For the plums

  • 9 plums, halved and stoned
  • 1 generous tsp crushed black peppercorns
  • 2 generous tsp demerara sugar
  • about 5 tbsp maple syrup, for drizzling

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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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2006

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