I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Last night I made good on one of my 2015 to-do list items and had some friends round for dinner. That meant that Saturday was a blur of menu planning, table setting and cooking up a storm. Come 7pm, I had seriously earned my three-course meal and a glass of red. But it was so nice to enjoy some food with two of our closest friends and set the world to rights.
For dinner we had antipasti with homemade bread to start, beef in red wine with crushed new potatoes and garlicky greens for main, and the chocolate, amaretto and raspberry pots you see in these pictures. They were divine and really easy to make. I adapted this recipe from the Two Greedy Italians cookbook, but in short it took less than 10 minutes to make them and resulted in four very content diners. Here’s what you need and how to make these little pots of chocolate heaven:
- 500ml semi-skimmed milk
- 30g of plain flour
- 30g of caster sugar
- 2 tsps of vanilla extract
- 80ml of amaretto liqueur
- 100g of dark chocolate
- 50g of unsalted butter
- 4 amaretti biscuits
- 75g of fresh raspberries
- Combine the flour and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat the milk in a separate pan over a low heat until it starts to boil. Add the vanilla extract and a little of the hot milk to the flour and sugar and whisk until you have a smooth paste.
- Add the remainder of the milk and heat the mixture over a low heat. Whisk continuously to prevent lumps from forming. After a couple of minutes, pour in the amaretto and continue to whisk until the mixture begins to thicken.
- Take the mixture off the heat and add in the chocolate and butter. Stir well to combine and pour into serving dishes.
- Put four raspberries to one side and cut the others in half. Push the halved raspberries into the mixture, so that they can’t be seen. Place the dishes in the fridge until just before serving.
- Before you serve, place a raspberry on the top of each pudding and crumble an amaretti biscuit around it.
This recipe will serve four chocolate lovers, with enough left for a good session of licking the bowl (a huge advantage to making desserts from scratch).
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