Heston serves up ‘sprout’ dessert for Christmas

Heston Blumenthal is celebrating Christmas at Waitrose by serving up a giant Brussels ‘sprout’ filled with profiteroles. 

Available from December 13, the Heston from Waitrose Melting Chocolate ‘Sprout’ consists of a green chocolate dome shell which when drizzled with warmed salted caramel sauce, melts to reveal 18 green profiterole ‘sprouts’ filled with a lime-flavoured Crème Patissiere.

The dessert’s green shell, which is textured to look like a giant version of the festive vegetable, is made with white chocolate turned green by adding spirulina, a natural colouring.

“Christmas is the perfect time of year to create a fun dessert with lots of theatre for people to enjoy together. We are sure this unique pud will be a talking point, and will give sprout haters a chance to try a new take on the festive veg,” says Aileen Wood, Waitrose dessert buyer.

Heston Blumenthal adds: “The dishes that have caused the biggest response from our guests at The Fat Duck are those that look like something they’re not. What can be more fun at Christmas than playing with your guests’ minds and taste buds with a dessert that will leave everyone talking?”

He has also given classic Italian Panettone a ‘70s spin’ with his Heston from Waitrose Black Forest Panettone – a cherry scattered bread is topped with dark chocolate and kirsch-soaked cherries.

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