Lalla Rookh, a combination of booze (usually rum) and vanilla ice cream, came into fashion in the late 1800s. In its fanciest form, a scoop of vanilla ice cream was flavored with fruit, hollowed out and filled with alcohol, then served in an edible candy cup. To make our version, fill a small bowl with vanilla ice cream, hollow out a small well in the center, fill it with apple brandy, and top the whole thing with whipped cream. Your guests will love their boozy surprise. This basic format is also extremely riffable, so experiment—try filling a scoop of chocolate ice cream with a shot of orange liqueur, or some cinnamon ice cream with your favorite aged rum.
What to buy: Calvados is an apple brandy from Normandy, France. It can be found in liquor stores and online. If you can’t find it, use any good-quality apple brandy.
This dish was featured as part of our Epic Christmas Feast: Lost Recipes from the Grand Hotels.