Chilled monkey brains

GeekPlate Chilled Monkey Brains Recreation

Maybe it’s the whip, or maybe it’s the still-beating heart being ripped out of the chest (“KALI MAAAA!”), but Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom seems like the perfect Valentine’s Day movie to us.

So we’re celebrating with some delicious chilled monkey brains.

Sure, it’s just vanilla custard with whipped cream, topped with a cherry and blood plum puree, but served in the head of a freshly decapitated primate, it just screams ‘romance’.

At least, we think that’s what it was screaming…

Happy Valentine’s Day from your lovers at GeekPlate! heart emoticon

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Chilled Monkey Brain Recipe:


500ml skim milk
3 eggs
6 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp cornflour
6 drops vanilla essence
1 cup cream
2 tbsp castor sugar
500g tin plums in syrup
20g maraschino cherries


1. Put aside 1/2 milk. Place remainder of milk in saucepan over low heat. Heat slowly, stir often and do not boil.

2. Meanwhile, beat eggs, regular sugar and vanilla essence in large bowl until combined.

3. Dissolve cornflour in half cup of milk, mixing throughly to ensure no lumps remain.

4. Add milk/cornflour to eggs/sugar and beat until combined.

5. Pour hot milk into other ingredients and beat lightly.

6. Pour hot milk/egg mix into the saucepan and return to low heat

7. Whisk continuously and heat slowly. Do not use a spoon for this as the custard will thicken unevenly and a whisk avoids it going lumpy.

8. Mixture will turn into thick custard. Further heating will thicken some more but be careful not to burn. Custard will thicken even further on cooling. Pour into serving bowl once cooled slightly, but before set. There should be at least an inch of space remaining in the bowl above the custard.

9. Combine cream and castor sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until whipped.

10. Once custard is cold, cover with whipped cream, creating a ‘brain’ texture.

11. Remove stones from plums, then combine with syrup from tin and maraschino cherries. Blend until it looks like brain juice. Spoon over whipped cream.



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