1 hour 15 minutes, plus churning and freezing time
James Mackenzie's chocolate and sloe gin pudding makes a truly indulgent dessert for the cooler months. A vanilla ice cream, with a vibrant and tangy damson purée rippled through it, tops this decadent chocolate pudding.
Behind every strong man there’s a strong woman and never has that maxim rung truer than at the Michelin-starred Pipe and Glass, where talented chef-proprietor James Mackenzie resides with his equally capable front-of-house wife, Kate.
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Begin by preparing the ice cream base. Combine the milk and double cream in a saucepan. Split the vanilla pod and scrape out to separate the seeds. Add both the seeds and remaining pod to the pan and place over a medium heat
250ml of whole milk
250ml of double cream
1 vanilla pod, or 2-3 drops of essence
While the cream mixture is on the heat, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until pale and creamy in texture. Once the cream mixture comes to the boil, remove from the heat and pour slowly onto the egg yolks, continuously whisking until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined
6 egg yolks
125g of sugar
Return the mixture to the saucepan and place over a low-medium heat. Stir continuously until the mixture thickens slightly to coat the back of a wooden spoon or spatula (80˚C). Remove from the heat immediately and pass through a fine strainer into a bowl to cool, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate until required
To make the damson fool, add the damsons, sugar and water to a pan and bring to the boil. Place a lid on the pan, simmer for 10 minutes and remove from the heat
300g of damsons
200g of sugar
100ml of water
Pass the mixture through a sieve into a bowl, allow to cool then chill in the fridge until ready to churn the ice cream
Churn the ice cream base in an ice cream maker. Once thickened, fold in the damson purée. Continue to churn until combined and keep in the freezer until required
For the chocolate puddings, whisk together the eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and butter together in a bain-marie or microwave
125g of sugar
250g of dark chocolate
125g of butter
Once melted, add the chocolate and butter mixture to the eggs and whisk together. Add the dry ingredients, fold in gently, then stir in the sloe gin
50g of cocoa powder
40g of plain flour
1 tbsp of cornflour
1/2 tsp juniper berries, ground
2 tbsp of sloe gin
Transfer either to individual ramekins or to 1 large oven dish. Set aside
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
Cook the puddings in the oven for 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of dish that you are using - the puddings should be soft in the centre with a nice crust on the outside. Dust with cocoa powder and serve immediately with a scoop of the ice cream
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