Coffee Walnut Ice-Cream Sundae with Banana:
I seldom make desserts. When I do they tend to be the kind of dish that can be put together quickly and with no hassle. In fact I am just as likely to dish out good quality pre-made ice-cream or sorbet and simply top with a complementary liqueur or spirit.
I don’t think I’ve ever made a sundae before, so this really is something of an experiment. I’ve never made butterscotch sauce either but while I was looking for flavour combinations I came across Smitten Kitchen’s Ridiculously Easy version. My kind of cooking! And it actually suits a small household because if you buy a tub of cream, you can use whatever you don’t need for your dessert to make up the sauce and just pop it in the fridge to use later on.
Coffee and walnut are a classic flavour pairing. I wanted to add some fruit and banana has just the right level of sweetness to work well with this dish. The ‘crunch’ comes partly from the ice-cream itself which has a croquant mixed through and partly from both meringues and praline.
The result is quite a grown-up sundae – and one I definitely wouldn’t recommend if you find sugar or coffee give you too much of an energy rush. But, other than the energy rush it is suprisingly light thanks to the meringue and fruit, I think it would work at the end of a heavy dinner party.
It was delicious – and guess what – I have LOTS of butterscotch sauce and praline left as well as most of the tub of mövenpick expresso croquant ice-cream. Which only means one thing.
Disclaimer: I was invited to create a recipe using Movenpick Icecream and provided with supermarket vouchers to purchase the ingredients to test and make this dish as part of a blog challenge. The prize for the winning sundae is a two hour master class with the Langham’s head pastry chef, Cherish Finden, followed by afternoon tea for two at the Palm Court.