This is my absolute favorite dessert of any I have ever eaten in my whole life!
I first tasted this at the Ivy restaurant in London. They call it Scandinavian Berries; I call it a plate-licking conversation stopper! To make this dessert you will need:
- 1 cup (8 ounces) of heavy cream
- 10 ounces of white chocolate
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla
As well as a half-pint each of 3 small berries like
- red raspberries and
Over in England, there are all sorts of teeny-tiny berries available at the grocery store. However, here in Boston, blueberries are pretty much the smallest berry you can buy.
To make this dessert we need to:
- Freeze the berries
- Melt the heavy cream, chocolate and vanilla extract together
- Pour the hot melted chocolate mixture over the frozen berries.
The blackberries will probably be bigger than the other berries, so start by cutting the blackberries in half, making all the pieces of the berries approximately the same size. Then lay a piece of wax paper or parchment paper on a baking sheet with sides. Spread ALL the berries out in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Lay the baking sheet in the freezer. Once the berries are frozen, remove them from the tray and store them in a baggie in the freezer.
Use the absolute best white chocolate that you can afford. (Try to avoid using “white chocolate chips” as they are not really chocolate.) The block of white chocolate that I bought needs to get chopped up into tiny pieces. It will melt much faster when it’s chopped up.
Put the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl that fits on top of a pan that has an inch or two of water on the bottom. (This is the “double-boiler” system.)
We melted dark chocolate in the fudge recipe this way.
You have to make sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. The whole point of a *double boiler* is to melt/cook things very gently by having the steam from the water (not the water itself) heat the upper bowl!
Add the heavy cream and the vanilla to the bowl of chocolate.
Give it an occasional stir until everything is warm, melted, and all blended together.
About 5 minutes before serving, put the berries in a single layer in a flat bowl.
Pour the hot chocolate mixture into a heat-proof jug. At the table, in front of your guests, pour the hot chocolate mixture over the frozen berries.
The chocolate warms up the berries and the berries cool down the chocolate. One bite and you will be hooked on this utterly fantastic dessert!
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I can’t believe this recipe. It’s so simple and one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten.
It’s wonderful the way the frozen heavy cream gets this really caramelly texture and flavor like the condensed milk in Vietnamese coffe (which you should blog post about! everyone should have that at least once in their lives!)
My favorite recipe yet!