I am not sure of how many people out there are fans of ‘Game of Thrones’, I am a big fan. I loved the books and I think HBO has done a great job of converting it to the screen. The books can be a little challenging with the sheer number of characters that one has to keep up with. However, do not let that bit discourage you, because once you get done with the first book or watching the TV series you will be hooked. Now I am just waiting for book 6 and 7 to come out.
The series features a lot of feasts (as one would do in those days), and they are decadent. I think it’s just in the sheer volume of food than what tickles our palate these days. For the season opener I thought it was going to be the wedding scene so I came up with this little decadent dessert to kick it off. I found a caramel vodka at the store the other day and finally found a good use for it. The Milano biscuit picked up the caramel flavor brilliantly.
Makes 12 3.5 oz bowls
- 6 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
- 6 oz Nutella
- 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup sugar (for the whipping cream)
- 12 dark chocolate Milano cookies (or use brownies bites)
- Caramel Vodka (or any other flavored drink of your choice)
Put the egg yolks, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and baileys into a heat proof bowl and set it over a pot of simmering (not boiling) water. Whisk continuously until the yolks start to thicken and the color lightens. The volume will more than double as well. This should take about 7 minutes. Once the mixture has thickened take it off the simmering water.
Add about a quarter of the thickened egg yolks to the Nutella in another bowl and stir to blend. Then add this back to the thickened yolks and gently fold until incorporated. Do not worry if the egg yolk mix deflates a little.
Whip the heavy whipping cream until it starts to thicken slightly and then add the 1/2 cup of sugar and continue whipping until you get almost stiff peaks.
Pour about a 1/4 cup of caramel vodka into a wide bowl, add 2 tablespoons of water and one tablespoon of sugar and stir till dissolved.
Divide the Nutella mixture among the bowls. Top with the whipped cream (either piping it over the mixture or just spooning it over). Dip both sides of the cookie in the vodka mixture briefly – you want it moistened not soaking, then put it into the mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve.