In this recipe, roasted blanched almonds and sugar are ground together in the mortar – turning them into a rich, nutty paste.
Next, we’re adding some heavy cream and a touch of rum, and everything gets whipped into a sweet-tasting cloud (in a matter of minutes!).
For that extra crunch, roasted sliced almond flakes are sprinkled on top. It’s a wonderful dessert to finish off a celebratory dinner.
For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know below.
In the olden days, Gdańsk dwellers were the first to enjoy aromatic spices, exotic fruit and nuts. Colonial empires traded these goods with the Polish Commonwealth, and delivered them on merchant ships, via the sea.
As a result, those who lived by the seaport had much easier access to these valuable deliveries. As a result, wealthy Gdańsk townsfolk indulged themselves with various sweets and desserts – and that’s how this Gdańsk’s Milk came to be.
The original recipe for this dessert comes from 1682 (you can find it in the oldest surviving Polish cookbook “Compendium ferculorum”).
Do you need any special ingredients or equipment to make this ‘Gdańsk’s Milk’ dessert?
In terms of ingredients, everything should be easily available in any major supermarket.
Equipment-wise, you’ll need:
- mortar and pestle
- piping bag (a ziplock bag with a hole cut out in the corner works too)
- hand-held or free-standing mixer, for whipping
How should you serve this Almond & Rum Whipped Cream?
‘Gdańsk’s Milk’ looks most impressive when served in dessert glasses. If you don’t have any, regular glasses will work well too.
Traditionally, almond flakes are used as the only garnish – but you can also add some chocolate shavings and a few fresh mint leaves.
Another good pairing would be Gdańsk-style Yeasted Waffles, I hope to post a recipe soon.
In terms of drinks, I would suggest a light, creamy liqueur or white wine (still or sparkling).
Can you make this ‘Gdańsk’s Milk’ dessert another way?
Not really. You can skip rum of course, but it does add a really nice aroma. You can swap it for a drop or two of rum extract – it’s stronger in flavour.
What diets is this Almond & Rum Whipped Cream suitable for?
This recipe is suitable for vegetarians, but be aware that it does contain dairy.
As long as you serve it without waffles, this dessert is fully gluten-free.
How long can you keep this ‘Gdańsk’s Milk’ in the fridge?
Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat it within 2-3 hours.
You can keep the leftovers (what leftovers? :-D) in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze this dessert?
No, this recipe cannot be frozen.
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