Laura Anne is the real name of the blogger sometimes known as ‘BrunetteKoala’ who blogs here at Learning from Sophie. Over the last year she’s been trying out new recipes in a bid to get better at baking and cooking. She loves chatting, meeting her blog & twitter friends ‘in real life’, Jesus, cupcakes and Santa.
Chocolate Berry Panettone
For the first time last year, I got to contribute to Christmas dinner. This was a BIG deal since usually no one except my mother is allowed to be in the kitchen on Christmas Day. Quite a bit of planning was involved in choosing a dessert that would be liked by all the family. Since my smallgroup have enjoyed Pandoro with homemade Chocolate fudge sauce several times, this was what I made for Christmas Day last year. This should serve 8 people!
To make your Chocolate fudge icing…
3 oz dark chocolate (for this I used Green & Black’s Maya Gold)
2 oz caster sugar
1 oz unsalted butter
Method: Put milk & sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil, then turn heat down slightly and stir for 5 full minutes. Take saucepan off the heat and add butter & chocolate, then stir until melted. Place in a bowl or jug and allow to cool.
And now to create your Chocolate berry panettone…
500g chocolate chip panettone
300 ml whipping cream
1-2 tbsp caster sugar
Slice your panettone into layers.
Set some of your berries aside for garnishing the top of the panettone.
Whisk your whipping cream and sugar together in a mixing bowl until it is stiffened. Then add your berries folding them into the whipped cream.
Spoon the berry cream onto the bottom layer of the panettone, then add another layer of panettone and repeat until you have a layer of berry cream between each panettone layer.
Add the chocolate fudge icing to the top of the panettone stack and garnish with your berries that you set aside.
Place in the freezer for 4 hours.
Remove above 10-15 minutes before serving.
It should be noted, that because of the lack of freezer space, we weren’t able to do these last couple of steps, and had to settle for putting it in the fridge instead. In fact we might just have served it pretty much straight away. And I’m terrible at cutting things equally too. As a result, our panettone didn’t look quite so picture perfect – but it still tasted AMAZING. :)
This post is one in a series of posts over the Christmas period as many of my friends join me for another blog party which I hope you’ve all been enjoying! Please feel free to comment on the recipe and I’d love to hear from you if you try it out. Please haste ye back for more guest bloggers who will be sharing over the next 24 days. You can find all the posts so far by clicking here.