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01.01.2003 -dessert - duchesse

Duchesse with fruit flambé, chocolate sauce and whiskey

« Excess describes this dessert: a very cold, succulent cream center with a marinated fruit flambé protected by crunchy ladyfingers and covered with a hot chocolate sauce and whiskey.   » 
Type Dessert - ladyfingers- cream - fruits - chocolate- dried fruits and nuts – candied fruit - whiskey
Level of difficulty delicate
Preparation time Preparation: 40 min, 12 hr in advance Cooking: None
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Serves 8 to 10

  • 18 ladyfingers
  • 1 ¾ oz (50 g) prunes
  • 1 ¾ oz (50 g) dried apricots
  • 1 ¾ oz (50 g) walnuts
  • 1 ¾ oz (50 g) pine nuts
  • 1 ¾ oz (50 g) raisins
  • 3 ¼ cups (75 cl ) custard
  • 4 gelatin leaves
  • 10 fl oz (30 cl) heavy whipping cream
  • 5 fl oz (15 cl) whiskey
  • 3 ½ oz (100 g) couverture chocolate
  • 1 ½ oz (40 g) unsalted butter


Preparation of ingredients:

  • Pour the heavy whipping cream into a bowl and place in the freezer
    If necessary, chop the fruit and nuts into small pieces
  • In a saucepan, soak the fruit and nuts for 1 hour in half the whiskey
  • Next, heat the saucepan and flambé the fruit and nuts; set aside
  • Soak the gelatin leaves in cool water
  • Blend them into the warm custard
  • Mix well and set aside


  • Cover the sides of a charlotte mold with waxed paper
  • Line the sides with ladyfingers
  • Beat the heavy whipping cream, and add the custard
  • Mix together, then add the fruits and nuts
  • Fill the mold to the midpoint with this cream and place a layer of ladyfingers on top
  • Pour the rest of the cream into the mold and finish with another layer of ladyfingers
  • Keep cool overnight
  • The following day, right before serving, prepare your chocolate sauce
  • Melt the chocolate along with the butter and remaining whiskey to obtain a glistening cream
  • Turn the Duchesse out of the mold onto a serving dish and cover with the whiskey-chocolate sauce
  • Serve immediately

Suggested drink or wines

A glass of Oban whiskey aged 20 years, 57.9% alc. by vol

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Pine nuts recipes  Pine nuts recipes
Prunes recipes  Prunes recipes
Walnuts recipes  Walnuts recipes
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