3 Minute Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae

Fri 8th, Nov, 2013

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Hi Beach Cottage ladies, this is a gorgeous little dessert ice-cream recipe with a delicious hit of coffee, I love it and have been making a version of this for years.

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I first came across this when I worked up in London in a trendy little 4 storey London house with a big black door, iron railings and fenced  park in the middle accessible only by key, think Notting Hill and you are there.


On the top floor of this house was a dining room and cooks were employed for client lunches, mostly they were rather nice Chelsea girls who had been to finishing school and could whip up a lovely little lunch from simple ingredients while charging an arm and a leg for it.   I may start doing that in this old cottage to the inhabitants.

I was sometimes asked to help with a few bits and bobs and one day there was terrible weather and that day’s chef got caught in traffic and arrived stressy and late, so I helped out with some of the lunch.


I must say I was a bit surprised at how the clever purchasing of ingredients was about all this girl had done in the way of cooking – unwrapping very nice veggies and deli meats and cheeses etc.  I can’t remember what the main course was but the dessert was a version of this – ice-cream drizzled with a coffee, chocolate and cream concoction and sprinkled with bits and bobs, I’m pretty sure there were kumquats in there somewhere too…it was the first time I had seen a kumquat, funny really the things you remember, I thought they were the oddest things, now all this time later, on the other side of the world they aren’t as prized I don’t think, but they are by me… with their funny little bittersweet combo, I love it when they hit the shops.

Anyway this recipe is typical of what I like, simple, easy, pretty much store-cupboard as long as you keep cream in your fridge, which I tend to do, and most importantly super easy but doesn’t seem as if it is.  It’s good for your thighs too ;-)


I love a chocolate coffee combo and for this I used the delicious L’OR EspressO pods – I have to say that when making this dessert recipe using these pods it’s very easy, unwrap, pop one in (they have this special flow system that makes this coffee aroma  really good), hit the button and the espresso bit of your dessert is done and dusted without any fuss.  I just pop a jug where the espresso pours out instead of a cup.


 3 Minute Chocolate & Coffee Ice-Cream Sundaes

60 ml espresso coffee

2 tbsp almonds

100g milk chocolate chopped

¼ cup  double cream

8 scoops vanilla ice-cream

chocolate wafer biscuits

1. add espresso and cream to bowl and microwave for 1 min or until mixture is smooth

  • 2. add chocolate stirring to mix and melt
  • 3. layer ice cream and chocolate espresso sauce in a serving dish
  • 4. top with almonds, shaved chocolate and wafer biscuits

These are really nice to serve when you have guests over, I’m not a big dessert maker but this is more a layering and arranging of ingredients that is always a winner, the coffee chocolate combo just seems somehow to hit the mark.



And we have a little giveaway too today!

…if you would like to win a $100 Wheel and Barrow voucher just answer this question in the comments below.

What’s your favourite place to have a nice coffee? 

Sitting on the beach with a takeaway, relaxing with a book in a café, on the deck of your old cottage, on the back of a boat watching the ocean while you sip ;-) 

Love to know ladies.


Let me know if you make this super easy, super quick desert, it’s great to have up your sleeve and the peeps in this old cottage love it that is for sure.



L’OR EspressO is available in a range of blends at the supermarket, the ones I have tried have not disappointed in any way, in fact I’m surprised at how nice these are…love that…

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23 Responses to “3 Minute Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae”

  1. C.T.G. says:


  2. Nikki says:

    That looks SO good and love that easy peasy!
    My favourite place to have a coffee is at my desk at work staring out the office window day-dreaming with no almost 3 yr old calling my name again and again to come and play as I’m trying to do the house cleaning or should I say tidying. Can you tell I’m recently back at work who else enjoys a coffee at the office??

  3. Jodi R says:

    While doing some hand stitching or browsing magazines for ideas and chatting with my mum and sister as they do the same. It is a rare thing to have 15 minutes without a child hanging off one of us so the peace and just relaxing together is bliss.

  4. kath says:

    my fave place to have a coffee is out in the back garden 10 minutes before the family is awake just to enjoy my coffee and get my game plan for the day laid out

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  6. I just love good coffee any darn where. Life is better with coffee. I can’t imagine a day without it. It makes for a better day whether you are alone or with others. When someone doesn’t drink coffee I almost feel sorry for them and can’t wrap my head around it. ( Silly I know) and when they don’t drink tea as well – It’s like well how do you solve all of life’s problems and have down time if you don’t drink coffee and tea?
    Sarah I made your soup the other night and it was a big hit. Deviated slightly as you do to what you have on hand but the bones of it was the same. I think it’s hard to go wrong with anything that sits in a crock pot for 5-6 hours. It’s good to be reminded because you forget to do these simple good ideas.
    I will definitely be trying this sundae on my guests. I might have to do a trial run just to make sure its as good as it looks. Of course I will have to have plan b for all those poor people that don’t like coffee (: And for Christmas just add that red cherry on top and everything is dandy and suddenly more Christmassy..

  7. Stella says:

    My favourite place to have coffee is on my reading chair in the corner of our house that’s basking in sunlight. I sit there and watch my lovely husband and eight month old go for a walk in the morning while I have a few minutes for myself. Bliss.

  8. Debbi says:

    Sitting on the rocks at 6am looking at the ocean…Bliss! Best way to start the day I think.

  9. Jan Withers says:

    My favourite place to have a coffee is at Hector’s on the Wharf at Goolwa! We always have a Mugachinno and its very hot and delicious. If it’s sunny we sit outside on the wharf with the River Murray water lapping underneath on its way to the sea. We watch pelicans gliding by, cormorants diving for fish and a few seagulls looking for scraps. When it’s cold we sit inside in a lovely little coastal themed shed. Some times we even end up staying for a fabulous seafood based lunch. Love Goolwa.

  10. M J says:

    Fave coffee place……..sitting outside in St Benedicts Street, Norwich on a sunny Sunday morning, with the papers and eggs benedict, perfect!

  11. Cheryl says:

    Just to love sitting in a beachside coffee shop sipping and watching the world go by.

  12. Lidija says:

    Favorite coffee place – sitting in my hanging Egg chair on the balcony with my dog lays at my feet :-))
    x Lidija

  13. Sarah says:

    My favorite place to have coffee…Saturday, early in the morning at the kitchen table. I love it when no one else is awake but me, I can just sit and enjoy the stillness while my body slowly wakes up.

  14. Teresa says:

    Hi Sarah, I know u have been asked this question millions of times but I can’t seem to find yr answer on the blog – what colour white do u use to paint furniture? I love yr wrk and yr Blogg! Your taste is divine xxx

  15. alison says:

    If only I could grab that sundae off the screen and taste it now. Maybe one day technology will enable this.


  16. Simone says:

    My favorite place to have a coffee, is on the verandah watching the kids swim in the pool

  17. merilyn says:

    hi sarah, … easy peasy lemon squeezy! … time out!
    I love to sip a coffee on my back deck, in my easy chair. There, I love to watch the water hens, ducks, cormorants, pelicans. at the moment i’m especially watching the pair of swans with their baby who have taken up residence on the canal … the love of nature is good for the soul! … love it! … cheers m:)x

  18. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    It looks so scrumptious this easy choccie and coffee ice cream thankyou for sharing Sarah xx

  19. Neen says:

    Well…..if coffee liked me I would sip it on the deck at around 4pm when the teenagers ravage arvo tea.
    However, I do luuuuuuuurve a cup of tea instead, listening to how their day went at school ;) Neen

  20. Paige Yang says:

    I love having my coffee when I sit in my backyard and listen to the radio. But I haven’t had coffee for a while since breastfeeding.

  21. Lisa says:

    I love having the first coffee of the morning at my old timber dining table, gently gazing out the window to see what the day might bring.

  22. Raye marie says:

    I love drinking my coffee on the front steps, watching the sun rise peak through the mountains.

  23. Kathy says:

    Hi Sarah, every Wednesday lunchtime 2 workmates & I have an extra 15 minutes so we go over to the quiet coffee shop ( the one in our building does a roaring trade so we try to spread the love bit) & we chat & catch up on all the gossip. It’s my favourite coffee of the week. I have to say I’m fairly new to your blog but I love it, I really enjoy seeing what great ideas you keep coming up with.