Blackberry Mont Blanc

  • Yield 4 servings

So named because it resembles a snow-capped mountain in the alps.

Blackberry Mont Blanc (page 93)
Phillip Jourdan

The original Mont Blanc dessert was so named because it resembles a snow-capped mountain in the Alps. Traditionally it is made with puréed chestnuts topped with whipped cream. For a summer version, blackberries are delightful and elegant.

Ingredients

4 (8-ounce, 250 mL) jars
2 cups blackberries, divided (500 mL)
1/2 cup confectioner's (icing) sugar (125 mL)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (2 mL)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (2 mL)
1 cup heavy or whipping (35%) cream (250 mL)
8 small meringue cookies
Gold candy pearls, optional

Instructions

  1. Set aside 4 whole blackberries for use as garnish. In food processor fitted with the metal blade, process remaining blackberries, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla and ginger for 1 minute.
  2.  In a large bowl, using electric mixer at high speed, whip cream until soft peaks form. Spoon out 4 tsp (20 mL) whipped cream and set aside in a small bowl. Slowly add blackberry purée to large bowl, beating until stiff peaks form. Transfer to prepared pastry bag.
  3. Place some gold candy pearls (if using) in the bottom of each jar. Top with a meringue cookie. Cover with a swirl of blackberry cream. Top with a second meringue. Add 1 tsp (5 mL) whipped cream to each jar and top with a blackberry. Serve immediately.

Tips:

  1. When choosing blackberries, make sure they are firm without blemishes. Blackberries do not keep long in the refrigerator, so use them quickly.
  2. You can use store-bought meringue cookies or make your own.

Excerpted from 150 Best Desserts in a Jar by Andrea Jourdan © 2013 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca May not be reprinted without publisher permission.

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