Freeze-ahead chocolate & chestnut parfait

This make-ahead festive dessert is deliciously different and incredibly simple to make, with amaretti biscuits, fresh oranges and double cream

  • Prep:25 mins
    plus 3-4 hrs freezing, no cook
  • Serves 10
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 400
  • fat 31g
  • saturates 19g
  • carbs 26g
  • sugars 18g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 3g
  • salt 0.3g


  • 200g milk chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 x 250g cans sweetened chestnut purée
  • 100g soft amaretti biscuits, roughly crumbled
  • 2 oranges, peeled,, segmented and roughly chopped, plus zest 1 orange
  • 450ml double cream, softly whipped
  • 50g dark chocolate, coarsely grated, to decorate


  1. Rinse a 22 x 10 x 7cm deep loaf tin (about 1.5 litres in volume) with cold water, but don’t dry it. Line the tin with cling film, smoothing out as many of the wrinkles as you can.

  2. Stir the chocolate, chestnut purée and amaretti biscuits together, then stir through the orange and zest. Gently fold in the cream until combined, then spoon the mixture into the tin. Smooth the top and cover with cling film. Freeze for 3-4 hrs until just firm.

  3. Take the parfait out of the freezer 20 mins before serving. To serve, dip the tin briefly in hot water, then turn out onto a serving plate and remove the cling film. Scatter over the grated chocolate and slice.

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