Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Chocolate pots

I just finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was by far the most intense of the seven books - I got so scared and nervous at times (when they go into the Ministry for instance - my heart almost stopped) that I had to put the book down and do something else for a little while. Cook, for instance. I made these chocolate pots pre-HP, though, when I had a day off and wanted to surprise the Boyfriend with a dessert after his own heart, i.e. one containing chocolate.

Chocolate pots (serves 4)

  • 3dl full-fat milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 120g chocolate (with a high cocoa content)
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Kirsch or any other liquor you fancy
  • butter for the ramequins
Preheat the oven to 180°. Butter four ramequins. Heat the milk, then break the chocolate into pieces and add to the milk. Stir until the chocolate has melted completely. Add the kirsch. In a bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture is light and thickened. Slowly pour the hot chocolate milk into the egg mixture, stirring continuously. Divide between the four ramequins and put them into an ovenproof dish. Add boiling water halfway up the ramequins and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes. Let cool and then chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving. You could add some raspberries or cherries to the bottom of the ramequins but be warned - die-hard chocolate lovers (such as my very dear friend M.) will not love you for it.


Anonymous said...

I have a question:
Judging from the picture, these chocolate pots look a little bit fluffy, which would be a big disappointment for me as a boy and a chocolote purist.

Can you tell me if the inside is light like a mousse or thick, heavy and creamy?

Thanks in advance.

Honeybee said...

Dear Boy

The inside was not like a mousse but I wouldn't go so far as to call the texture heavy, either - definitely more decadent than mousse, though. But since you've stated your preferences so clearly, I'd make my famous chocolate terrine for you and not these chocolate pots.