Monday, 18 January 2016

Fruits and nuts cassata

This is a very simple dessert. This frozen Italian dessert is easy to make and full of tasty fruits, nuts, chocolate and orange.

  • 2 litres soft scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 200g fruits and nuts mix
  • 100g dark Belgium chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 oranges, zest of 1 for the cassata, plus extra for decoration

Line a 2 litre loaf tin with a double layer of cling film, making sure there is plenty overhanging the sides.
Take the ice cream out the freezer and allow to soften slightly for a few minutes, then transfer to a large mixing bowl. 
Gently stir the fruits and nuts mix, chopped chocolate and orange zest through the ice cream until evenly distributed.
Spoon the ice cream into the lined loaf tin and cover with the overhanging cling film. Freeze for at least 4 hours.
To serve, remove from the freezer and unwrap the cling film. Turn the tin onto a serving platter and use the cling film to help unmould the cassata from the tin. Top with the extra sext and cur into slices.

Cook's tip: This is a great dessert to make for guests as it can be made in advance and kept in freezer until ready to serve. You could also vary the fruits and nuts depending on your personal favourites. 

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