Recipe

White Christmas ice-cream tree

Sculpt this gorgeous White Christmas tree out of vanilla ice-cream and decorate with mini meringues, frozen raspberries and little chocolates for a stunning centrepiece for your festive feast.

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 4 hrs 30 mins marinating
  • Serves 12
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Ingredients

White Christmas ice-cream tree
  • 1 litre vanilla bean ice-cream
  • 100 gram white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 cup rice bubbles
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries, plus ¼ cup extra to decorate
  • 300 millilitre thickened cream, whipped to firm peaks
  • 23 raffaello chocolates, halved
  • 100 gram vanilla mini meringues
  • gold and silver cachous, to decorate

Method

White Christmas ice-cream tree
  • 1
    Scoop ice-cream into a large bowl, reserving tub. Set aside for 15 minutes until softened slightly. Don’t allow to melt.
  • 2
    Stir chocolate, rice bubbles and raspberries through softened ice-cream. Spoon ice-cream mixture back into tub and level top. Arrange remaining ice-cream in rough scoops on a tray to form peak of tree. Freeze for 4 hours or until set firm.
  • 3
    Cut sides of ice-cream tub away with scissors. Invert ice-cream into the centre of a serving plate. Arrange extra scoops of ice-cream on top. Run a hot spoon up and down stacked ice-cream scoops to roughly smooth into a tree shape. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  • 4
    Spread a 5mm layer whipped cream over half ice-cream (see tip). Working quickly, arrange meringues, Raffaellos and extra raspberries over ice-cream. Spread remaining cream over rest of ice-cream and arrange remaining chocolates, meringues and raspberries. Press gold and silver cachous into tree just before serving.

Notes

You need a tub of ice-cream in one of the tall cylinder-shaped containers so it’s the right shape for the tree. Spreading cream over the tree in two batches will let you arrange decorations on the tree before the cream sets.

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