I came up with this idea for a Chocolate Orange Ice Cream Easter Nest recipe while trying to think of good ideas for making edible straw. I envisaged candied fruit peel as the straw and decided that I would try to make a cold dessert which could be enjoyed by all the family.
I decided on a chocolate cup filled with vanilla ice-cream, topped with orange sauce and decorated with candied orange peel and chocolate eggs.
This was a bit of a challenge for me. I had never made any of the elements myself before and I was nervous about how they would turn out. I needn’t have worried. This Chocolate Orange Ice Cream Nest tasted delicious – if you like the combination of chocolate and orange you will love this!
There are several component parts that require to be made, however the brilliance of it is they can all be made in advance and then just prepare your dish when you need it. The following recipe will make around 4 desserts. P.S. Candied orange peel is best when made at least 24 hours in advance!
A full list of the 6 common ingredients required to make this chocolate orange ice cream easter nest recipe can be found at the end.
How to make Candied Orange Peel:
I had no intention of trying to make this myself but I couldn’t find any in my local shop so I thought I had better give it a bash! When I researched the method there were great variations in the quantities required, some had more water than sugar and vice versa, so I took an educated guess! Here is my method:
1.Using a citrus zester remove the peel from one large orange (Make sure you keep the orange, you will need it for the sauce)
2.Place the orange peel in a saucepan of cold water and bring to the boil.
Boil for around 30 seconds and drain. (Keep a little drained mixture in case you need to thin your sauce)
Repeat this process 3 times.
3. Add one cup of cold water and one cup of sugar to a saucepan.
Whisk together then bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the orange peel and allow the mix to gently simmer for an 1 1/2 hours – do not stir or mix if possible during this time.
4. Remove your candied orange peel using a slatted spoon and place it onto a sugared plate
Coat all the peel with sugar and separate any pieces which have stuck together
When I first tasted this I thought I had gone wrong as it was still a little chewy. However, the next day it was lovely. Soft, sweet and even better than shop bought! This is why I am advising you make this at least one day in advance, though it could keep for at least a week in an airtight container.
Making Orange Sauce:
Squeeze and drain all the juice from you large orange.
Add the orange juice to a saucepan and whisk in 1 tablespoon of sugar
Let the mixture simmer for around 15 minutes occasionally whisking it.
It should reduce down to a nice thick sauce consistency.
If it accidently reduce it too much simply add a few teaspoons of your reserved orange peel water to thin it down again.
When it is at the required consistency whisk in a teaspoon of butter and allow it to simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
That should be your orange sauce complete. Again this can be made a couple of days in advance and stored in the fridge. Serve it warm or cold as you prefer!
Making Chocolate Cups for Nests:
Google informed me that the easiest way to do this was to use silicone bun cases. However I didn’t have any so paper it was! I simply used a pastry brush to ‘paint’ about 1 square of melted cooking chocolate onto the inside of each case. I let this chill in the fridge for 15 minutes before repeating the process. When I was sure the chocolate had set I gently peeled the paper away. It wasn’t perfect and a few pieces of chocolate did break off, but I’m going to say that just gave the nest more character! If you don’t want to try this I’m sure you can buy chocolate cups already made.
Build your Chocolate Orange Ice Cream Nest:
This is the simplest and most fun part!
Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to your chocolate cup. (I didn’t make my own, but you can if you wish!)
Top with a little orange sauce – warm or cold as you prefer (I used warm and it was lovely)
Add some candied orange peel for straw at the top of the nest
Place a few chocolate eggs on top.
This delicious Chocolate Orange Ice Cream Easter Nest is ideal for dessert after Easter dinner, plus it has appeal for children and adults alike.
Here is a quick list of ingredients if you want to have a go at making this recipe: (serves 4)
8 squares cooking chocolate
1 large orange
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon of butter or margarine
vanilla ice cream – only a small quantity required.
chocolate eggs to decorate
Do let me know if you attempt this. I would love to know what you think!