Chocolate Box Cassata Ice Cream

Janet’s comment, “I am so impressed with this dessert. Great taste and fun to make.”

YOU WILL NEED

Chocolate box

  • 200 g dark chocolate (Bourneville or cooking)
  • 1 empty 1.5 litre long life milk carton

Chocolate wave wands

  • 100 g dark chocolate, melted

Cassata ice cream fruit mix

  • ½ cup (80 g) sultanas
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) medium cream sherry
  • ¼ cup (50 g) red glacé cherries, halved
  • ¼ cup (35 g) pistachio nuts, shelled and roughly chopped

Cassata ice cream mix

Method

Empty the milk carton by cutting off the one long end. We used a craft knife.

Wash and dry the milk carton. Carefully cut down along all four corners. Re-align the edges and tape the sides together with cellotape or masking tape. Spray the inside lightly with a non-stick cooking spray.

Melt the chocolate in our preferred manner (using double bowls). Pour the melted chocolate into the box and quickly spread the chocolate with a small brush so that it evenly coats the sides and base and all the corners. Turn upside down on a piece of baking paper, leave to set for 1 – 2 hours.

Chocolate wave wands

Spread out in a 15 cm x 15 cm, block drawn on baking paper. Leave to nearly set and then use an icing comb to make waves in the chocolate.

Cassata ice cream fruit mix

Microwave the sultanas for the fruit mix in the sherry for 30 seconds and leave to plump up. Then mix with glacé cherries and chopped nuts.

Cassata ice cream mix

Add lemon juice to measured water.

Mix according to package instructions but use 2 cups (500 ml) cream as per ingredient list above.

Refrigerate for 15 minutes and then stir in the fruit mix. Pour into the chocolate box, leaving the carton in place and freeze.

To decorate:

Decorate with stemmed cherries and Chocolate Wave Wands.

Before serving carefully peel off the tape. Gently pull back the sides of the carton and slide the chocolate box off the carton. Remove to the fridge from the freezer 1 hour before serving to make slicing easier.

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