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Birthday Chocolate Bowl Dessert

Tomorrow is my birthday and instead of the traditional cake I want a quick fun dessert with my meal. Chocolate bowls filled with nutty brownie ice cream sounds like a treat. Here's how I make it.

Chocolate bowls Ingredients/tools:

300g dark chocolate (for this recipe I used 7o% dark chocolate), 4 med-small balloons


Break the chocolate into small pieces. Put in a bowl over a pan of simmering water and leave to melt. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 5 minutes. Blow up your balloons – you want each bowl to be and tie with a knot.

Line a baking tray with parchment. Holding the knotted end of the balloon and dip it into the melted chocolate to create your bowl shape. Stand it on the tray and hold the balloon for a few seconds until the chocolate pools around the base allowing you to let go of the balloon. Continue with the remaining balloons. Chill for at least 30 minutes or until set.

When the chocolate has set, pop the balloons and carefully peel them away from the bowls. Fill with your chosen dessert.

Nutty Cake Ice Cream Ingredients:

1.5 litres natural vanilla ice cream (I'm using clotted cream ice cream for this occasion), 100g roasted hazelnuts chopped, 50g chopped almonds, 200g rich chocolate brownies cut in small cubes, 2tbs good quality fudge chocolate sauce (to drizzle on top at the end).


Let the ice cream soften either in the fridge for a while, or out in the kitchen. Empty the slightly softened ice cream into a bowl and mix in the nuts and brownies. Scrape the ice cream mixture back in to ice cream tub and cover with lid or scrape into a silicone container (cover the top with cling film) and place in the freezer to firm up.

Once firm and ready to serve add three scoops of ice cream to chocolate bowls and drizzle on chocolate fudge sauce.

Enjoy this dessert with me on my special day.


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