Mango glasses, lime ice cream and chocolate truffles

Psychologists will have you believe that the quickest way to evoke the past is to play the music you listened to between the ages of fourteen and twenty, otherwise known as ‘music of your life’. The Rolling Stones, Robert Palmer, Bruce Springsteen – possibly Engelbert Humperdinck if that was your thing – will all evoke memories of what you were doing at a precise moment in your teens. But psychologists are missing a trick. They should be feeding us the boiled sweets of our teenage years. ‘Confectionery of your life’ is made up of the sherbet lemons after football practice, tri-coloured lollipops called ‘traffic lights’ sucked at the bus stop, kitsch pink candy shrimps in party bags, pear drops on a wintry Sunday morning and, best of all, the glory known as the chocolate lime.

It was in memory of the lividly green and slightly powdery chocolate lime that I whipped up this pudding. It’s infinitely healthier than its boiled sweet cousin, although it has to be said that it’s a lot more trouble to prepare. But close your eyes, think of getting ready for that first teenage disco with a chocolate lime in one cheek and high expectations in your heart. And then smile smugly to think that unlike the enamel-eroding boiled sweet, this pudding is good for you.

Frozen Mango Glasses and Lime Ice-Cream, With Bitter Chocolate Truffles on the Side

Serves 4

For the glasses

400g ripe alphonso mangos

For the ice cream

3 limes – the juice of three of them and the zest of two

Half cup vanilla sugar

2 cups double cream

For the truffles

Half cup double cream

3 tablespoons golden syrup

90g dark chocolate

90g milk chocolate

Quarter cup milled flaxseed, cocoa and berries, plus more for rolling

These quantities make too much by far, but the slightly nutty truffle mixture is a delicious filling for a cake

Sprigs of mint to decorate

Puree the mangoes in a blender and pour into cup-making moulds for at least 6 hours. I bought these moulds in a kitchen supply shop and although they’re rather daft, sometimes a flashy trick is what you’re after.

Make the ice cream by warming the lime juice and stirring in the sugar. Stir until dissolved and add the fine zest and the cream. Cool in the fridge and then tip into your ice cream maker and follow the instructions. Again, it makes too much for this particular recipe but it keeps well.

The truffles are easy to make, although truculent and uncooperative on a hot day. Add the cream and golden syrup to a pan and heat until the mixture starts to bubble gently. Melt the chocolate into the mixture and once it’s smooth, add the flaxseed and cocoa. Freeze in a bowl for a couple of hours and then scoop out balls of the mixture with a teaspoon and roll them in more flaxseed. Return the truffles to the freezer while you wrestle with the mango glasses.

Turn the glasses out of their moulds, fill with lime ice cream and arrange the truffles on the side. Decorate with sprigs of mint. I poked a lovage straw in to suck up the mango as it melted, but I’m rather obsessed with lovage at the moment, so you don’t need to follow my lead on this one.

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9 thoughts on “Mango glasses, lime ice cream and chocolate truffles

  1. oh yes – music of my past includes a-ha, duran duran, spandau ballet and all the 80s stuff! loving this recipe – refreshing and perfect for this time of year!

  2. Hi Meeta
    Thanks so much – I'm very pleased you like the sound of the recipe. Oh, the days of Duran Duran xx

  3. Your post is like a welcome blast from the past. Bring 'em on… yes indeed Duran Duran, Dire Straits too. I love how creative you got here. I'd love to try making this entire combination! Looks gorgeous!

  4. Oh gosh – Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, James Taylor, and at the other end – The Monkees (shameful – but I was very young) The Beatles (later stuff rather than earlier – I'm not that old), and you're quite right – 'What is nostalgia but a longing for the foods of childhood?'

  5. I'm a Believer by The Monkees – the very first single I was ever given! I could listen to it right now.
    Thanks for commenting Liz.

  6. I have fond memories of 10p Wham bars from the vending machine after school swimming lessons, they were bright pink and chewy with sherbetty crystals embedded in them. I wasn't that fussed about Wham the group, I was more a deadpan electronic duo fan – stuff like Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode.

    These puddings are gorgeous, really creative!

  7. Hi Sarah
    I remember Wham bars too. But your school vending machine was a cut above mine. It had two things …. watery bovril and insipid hot chocolate.

  8. I think the music thing only works for girls… my husband professes to remember NOTHING associated with any music from his teenage years :o) Like Meeta, the 80s were my seminal years for music – Wham's freedom was final high school exams; Billy Ocean's When the Going gets Tough was learning to jive for our high school prom; Phil Collins' Groovy Kind of Love was falling for my first boyfriend; vast tracts of my hero Billy Bragg (esp, Valentine's Day) was said first boyfriend dumping me… Bliss!!

    Love the frozen mango cups!

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