Monday, 11 February 2013

A COMPLETELY edible dessert?!

I don't know about you but sometimes when I'm eating a delicious dessert, I just wish it would never end?! It got me thinking, can there be a dessert that is COMPLETELY edible, from the bowl to the spoon? So for all those dessert lovers out there, I've created a delicious dessert that you can eat the WHOLE thing! Good idea? I definatly think so, just think - no washing up, no tidying away, no waste - perfect :)

This dessert consists of a chocolate bowl, delicious dessert and shortbread spoon!

The first thing you need to make is the Chocolate Bowl, for this you'll need 4 cupcake cases (I used the Valentine's cupcake cases from, which you can see in this post here), 100g milk or dark chocolate.

1) Melt the chocolate in the microwave in short bursts, stir it every 20 seconds to make sure it doesn't burn. After burning a lot of chocolate, I tend to take it out of the microwave with a couple of lumps still in, when you stir it the lumps melt and disappear.
2) Put the cupcake cases in a muffin tray, then put a teaspoon of the melted chocolate in the bottom of the cupcake case. With the back of the spoon smooth the chocolate up the sides of the cupcake case, covering it completely. You might need more than a teaspoon, it depends on the size of your cases.

3) Once there is a layer of chocolate completely covering the cupcake case, about 2mm thick, then place them in the fridge to cool.

4) Once they are set solid, peel off the cupcake case and there you have an edible chocolate bowl!

To make the Shortbread Spoon you will need to make a standard shortbread recipe. This recipe makes about 10 'spoons', so a lot more than you need but who minds having extra shortbread to munch on?

65g Butter
30g Caster Sugar
90g Plain Flour

1) Heat the oven to 190'C. Beat the butter and the sugar until smooth.
2) Stir in the flour to create a smooth paste, turn out on to a worksurface and roll out until 1cm thick.
3) I have a spoon shaped cookie cutter that I bought from Oil & Vinegar (or you can buy them from places like, but if you don't have one then use a dessert spoon as a template to cut out a spoon shape. Cut out spoon shapes and place on a baking tray. Sprinkle with caster sugar and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.

4) Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until pale brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Now on to the filling, you can put whatever takes your fancy in the chocolate bowl. It needs to be quite soft, otherwise the biscuit spoon will break but other than that it could be mousse, Angel Delight, soft scoop ice cream, fresh fruit, cheesecake filling, salted caramel, flavoured cream etc.

I decided to make a Vanilla Panna Cotta:

3 gelatine leaves (or vegetarian Pectin)
250ml milk
250ml double cream
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways, seeds scraped out
25g sugar

  1. Soak the gelatine leaves in a little cold water until soft.
  2. Place the milk, cream, vanilla pod and seeds and sugar into a pan and bring to a simmer. Remove the vanilla pod and discard.
  3. Squeeze the water out of the gelatine leaves, then add to the pan and take off the heat. Stir until the gelatine has dissolved.
  4. Pour into a jug and put it in the freezer for 20 minutes, every 5 minutes stir the mixture. This will cool the mixture because if you pour the hot mixture into the chocolate bowls they will melt. Once the mixture has cooled enough not to melt the chocolate divide the mixture among chocolate bowls. Place into the fridge for at least an hour, until set.

As Easter isn't too far away I decided to create a dessert that also looked like an egg! Why not?! The 'egg white' is the vanilla panna cotta and the 'yolk' is a mango puree.

There is an amazing brand of fruit puree's called Pulp, they're delicious and so moreish! Their funky packaging is very appealing, the three flavours are all yummy and best of all they're one of your five a day! I used the Banana, Mango and Passionfruit Puree, which is simply divine. You can buy Pulp from Waitrose and Ocado too.
Just add a small circle of the Pulp mango puree on top of the panna cotta.

Serve the filled chocolate bowl with the shortbread spoon on the side and there you have it, a completely edible dessert!

Are you going to have a go at making this?

Feel free to leave me a comment below :)



  1. Helen this looks amazing! Such a great idea xx

  2. They look so tasty, I love the spoon idea. xxx

  3. This is such a cute idea, I love the panna cotta/fruit purée egg as well x

  4. That looks so good, I'm so hungry now! haha. :) just started following your blog :) xxx


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