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White Christmas with sour cherries, almonds and Grand Marnier

A grown-up version of the yuletide treat.

By Emma Knowles
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking plus setting
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Sour-cherry and roasted-almond white Christmas
This recipe for white Christmas is all grown up, thanks to the addition of dried sour cherries, citrus rind and a hit of liqueur. One for the adults only.


  • 50 gm natural almonds
  • 150 ml pouring cream
  • 40 ml Grand Marnier
  • Finely grated rind of 1 lemon and ½ orange
  • 600 gm couverture white chocolate, finely chopped (see note)
  • 100 gm rice puffs
  • 60 gm dried sour cherries (see note)
  • 50 gm glacé orange, diced


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180C and line a 13cm x 23cm cake tin with baking paper. Spread almonds on an oven tray and roast until darkened (4-5 minutes), cool to room temperature, then coarsely chop and set aside.
  • 2
    Bring cream, Grand Marnier and rinds just to the boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, add chocolate and stand for 5 minutes, then stir until smooth. Combine rice puffs, sour cherries, almonds and ½ tsp sea salt in a bowl, add chocolate mixture and combine well, then spoon into cake tin, press top to smooth and refrigerate until set (1 hour). Cut into pieces with a hot, wet knife and store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a month.