Desserts are not normally my thing, especially the ones that involve making dough. For some inexplicable reason, my brain freezes just at the mere thought of it and refuses to follow the simplest of recipes. So if we are entertaining some guests who never been to our home before and not aware of my baking phobia, I always rely on the skills of professional bakers and cake makers.
If I do decide to make a dessert myself, I choose the recipe that does not require baking per se things like semifredo, a mousse or even a coulis. The recipe that I am sharing with you now is equally simple and easy to follow but it tastes delicious and I am sure your guests will love it. I discovered it while watching Jamie Oliver's "30 minutes Meals". And for those who ever watched this show, know that his recipes are simple, easy and most importantly, are utterly tasty.
All You need is:
500ml of vanilla ice-cream
70gr of good dark chocolate
100gr of hazelnuts
1 tbsp coffee beans (optional)
Pre-heat the oven to 180C, place the hazelnuts on a roasting tray and roast for about 10 minutes or until the skin darkens, them remove the tray and while the nuts are still hot, place them onto a clean towel and rub vigorously to remove as much skin as possible.
Place the nuts, chocolate pieces and coffee beans into a small blender and grind to a thick breadcrumb consistency. Empty the bowl onto a dry chopping board or a wide flat plate.
Prepare a dessert plate. Get the ice-cream out of the freezer and with the help of an ice-cream scoop, scoop out a ball of ice-cream and place it right into the chocolate-nut mixture. Working fast, roll it around to get it covered evenly and then place on the dessert plate. I would make 3 balls per person and if there are leftovers, place them into a plastic container and store them in the freezer for a couple of weeks, if they will last that long without being eaten.
Serve them alongside strawberries macerated in balsamic vinegar and mini biscuits to create different textures and flavours.