Some of you may already know this, but as well as the gorgeous Sail Lofts apartments and the calming Sail Lofts Ocean Spa in St Ives, we also own and operate two beautiful country inns in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, The Angel Inn, Stoke by Nayland and The Anchor Inn, Nayland.
The Angel Inn, with its 6 boutique bedrooms and delicious modern British cuisine, is a beautiful 16th century building that is packed full of original features and character and is the ideal hideaway on a blustery winters day.
Down the road at The Anchor you’ll find a chic village inn that enjoys a beautiful riverside setting. Here expect a selection of pub classics and more contemporary dishes as well as a good selection of cask ales from regional and microbrewers.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we thought we’d ask Adam Pickard, Head Chef at The Angel Inn, for his favourite Valentine’s dessert recipe and this is the delicious treat he's come up…
Hot Chocolate Fondant and Pistachio Ice Cream
Hot Chocolate Fondant (Makes 6)
4 extra egg yolks
200g 72% dark chocolate
200g plain flour (sieved)
Line 6 dariole moulds, suitable for baking, with a layer of cling film and leave to one side
Over boiling water, melt the chocolate and butter together until completely blended
In a mixer, beat the eggs, egg yolks and sugar until pale in colour, turn down the speed to low and slowly add the melted chocolate mix
Once fully combined, slowly add the flour and leave to incorporate for about 2 minutes on a low speed
Once the mix is ready pour into a piping bag and split between the 6 moulds
If baking straight away, cook at 180’c for 9 minutes
If baking at a later stage, leave to set in the fridge and cook at 180’c for 11 minutes
Serve immediately with the pistachio ice cream, crushed pistachios and dustings of icing sugar
Pistachio Ice Cream
500ml double cream
12 egg yolks
2 vanilla pods
1 tablespoon of Pistachio Compound - (50g of Pistachios, 20g Water, 20g Sugar – Bring to boil, when caramel starts to colour blitz until smooth)
Combine the milk, cream and vanilla pods in a saucepan, bring to the boil and then remove from heat
Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until pale in colour
Pour the cream mixture over the egg mix whisking continually to blend together as quickly as possible
Return the mix to the stove over a low heat and thicken until it coats the back of a spoon.
Pass through a fine sieve, add the pistachio compound and pour into an ice cream machine to churn until set
Doesn’t it just sound deliciously sinful? Enjoy!