Iced Berries with Spicy White Chocolate Sauce

A good, summery South African dessert. The iciness of the berries is offset by the creamy hot chocolate sauce.

Serves 6–8


  • 750 g fresh mixed berries such as blackberries, raspberries and strawberries (you could use a bag of mixed frozen berries)
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 small red chilli, seeded and sliced (optional)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) fresh cream
  • 200 g white chocolate, broken into pieces


  1. Wash the berries and hull the fresh strawberries if using. If the strawberries are large, halve or quarter them. Combine the berries in a plastic bag and freeze for 15–30 minutes. They should be just beginning to freeze but not frozen solid. If you’re using frozen berries, let them thaw slightly so that they are not rock solid but still a little icy.
  2. While the fruit is in the freezer make the sauce. Split the vanilla pod lengthways, and scrape out the seeds. Crush the cardamom pods. Combine both with the chilli and cream in a
  3. small saucepan. Bring to a gentle simmer, then remove from the heat and allow to stand for 15 minutes for the flavours to infuse.
  4. Strain the cream. Combine the cream and chocolate in a glass bowl and heat in the microwave on medium for 2–3 minutes, stirring after each minute. Remove and stir until the chocolate has melted completely. Serve the hot chocolate sauce spooned over the ice-cold berries.