This pudding is for those with a sweet tooth. It’s basically frozen meringue, embellished with double cream and laced with raisins, fudge and praline. As a result it’s incredibly naughty and not for the faint of heart. I’d enjoy eating this on the sofa with a blanket and a decent film, as much as I would with a black coffee, after a good supper with friends.
To make the hazelnut brittle, place the hazelnuts in an ovenproof dish and roast for about 10 minutes, then place them in a clean tea towel and vigorously rub them to remove the skins. Place 75g of the sugar in a smallish heavy-based pan and set it over a medium heat. Leave it until the edges start to liquefy, resisting the urge to stir it. It will melt unevenly at first, but a little shake and a swirl of the pan at this point will help. When the sugar is an even, light golden colour add the skinned hazelnuts and the salt and stir them in to coat. Pour the contents of the pan out over a nonstick baking sheet or oiled tray and allow to cool. Crush up the cooled nuts into small pieces. I use the end of a rolling pin for this job.
Whisk the egg whites, until they begin to form soft peaks. Add the remaining sugar, a little at a time, and continue whisking until you have a soft, smooth meringue. In a separate bowl whisk the cream with the vanilla seeds until just beginning to thicken. The whisk should leave ribbons that disappear after a few moments. Fold the cream into the meringue, followed by the pieces of hazelnut brittle, the fudge pieces and the raisins.
Line a 1 litre loaf tin or terrine with cling film, leaving plenty of overhang. Spoon in the mixture, level it out, then fold over the overhanging cling film. Place in the freezer for 24 hours. To serve, cut or spoon the pudding out onto individual plates or into bowls and serve immediately.
- 50g hazelnuts
- 300g caster sugar
- good pinch of flaky salt
- 6 egg whites, at room temperature
- 300ml double cream
- 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped
- 150g soft fudge, cut into small pieces
- 1 good handful of plump raisins
Recipe from Time. A Year and a Day in the Kitchen by Gill Meller, with photography by Andrew Montgomery, published by Quadrille.