On a recent trip to France to find inspiration for our French cooking classes and teambuilding cooking classes, the Wickedfood cooking school team discovered this mouthwatering desert at Le Gué du Holme.

1 bottle good quality medium-bodied dry red wine (Saumur is used in France)
1 1/4 cup (250g) sugar
1 vanilla pod cut in half
1 stick of cinnamon
6 leaves of fresh mint
5-6 Sechuan peppercorns
3-4 whole cloves

500g summer berries in season such as red
currants, raspberries,  and strawberries
4 scoops berry sorbet or good quality vanilla ice-cream

Bring the red wine and sugar to a boil. Add the spices and cook until reduced to 1/3. Strain the liquid and chill.

To serve, arrange a medley of berries on individual plates, around the sorbet or ice-cream, and pour the wine sauce over this.

Serves 4.

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