Monday, 17 March 2014

Amaretto Pots au Chocolat

Amaretto Chocolate Pots

The Belgian chocolate brand, Godiva, recently launched its first ever chocolate challenge in the UK. The aim of the competition was to create the best ever chocolate dessert taking into account taste, texture and presentation. From a shortlist of ten, four finalists will be invited to create their desserts in front of a panel of judges, including William Sitwell and Mark Hix. The winner will have their dessert served in one of Hix's London restaurants and all four finalists get a five star trip to Belgium. A nice prize all round and I was keen to get involved. I was sent some Godiva white and dark chocolate pearls to create a dessert for this very purpose.

Godiva Chocolate Pearls
Sadly, although I managed to create my piece de resistance before the deadline of this Saturday just gone, 15th March, I didn't manage to get this post written up or my entry in on time. Never mind, I was very pleased with this dessert, which I wouldn't otherwise have created and it was perfect for a dinner with visiting family.

Amaretto Chocolate Pots
I wanted to create something rich and delicious of course, but also something small and elegant that could be served after a rather large meal. With the recent success of my plum amaretto ice-cream very much in mind, I decided to create a rich chocolate custard flavoured with Amaretto and topped off with whipped white chocolate ganache and crushed amaretti biscuits. Served in little coffee cups, I was hoping these little chocolate pots would do the business. And they did.

Amaretto Chocolate Pots
They were indeed rich and gave you the feeling of having a decadent and indulgent dessert without making you feel unpleasantly full. We all found one cup was enough. The custard was silky smooth and the sweet chocolate ganache added contrasting sweetness, flavour and texture as did the crunchy pieces of amaretti. I can see these chocolate pots being taking a starring role in many dinner parties to come.

I was impressed how easily the white chocolate pearls melted: I often have problems with white chocolate. The dark chocolate pearls were quite sweet and I couldn't detect any particular complex flavours, so it worked well with the strong taste of Amaretto. If you are having problems tracking down Godiva chocolates, you can now buy them from their online shop.

I was sent some Godiva chocolate pearls to try out. I was not required to write a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own.


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Amaretto Chocolate Pots
Amaretto Pots au Chocolat
A rich but silky smooth chocolate custard flavoured with Amaretto and decorated with a whipped white chocolate ganache and crushed amaretti biscuits.
Ingredients
  • 100 ml milk
  • 175 ml double cream
  • 3 large egg yolks (I used 2 duck egg yolks)
  • 125g dark chocolate (callets or chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Amaretto
  • Amaretti biscuits + 6 to serve
Instructions
1. Place egg yolks in a bowl. Heat milk and 125ml cream until near boiling then pour over the yolks whisking vigorously.2. Pour back into the pan and place over a very low heat. Add the chocolate and stir until melted.3. Add the amaretto and continue cooking, whisking occasionally for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Be careful not to overheat or you will get scrambled eggs.4. Pour into a jug by way of a sieve to take out any egg that might have scrambled. Pour into your serving cups or pots and leave to set for a few hours.5. Melt the white chocolate in a pan over hot water and leave to cool slightly. Add the remaining 50 ml of cream, then whisk until soft peaks form.6. Spoon or pipe some cream onto the chocolate pots, then sprinkle with some crushed amaretti. Serve with a whole amaretti biscuit on the side.
Details
Yield: 6 small coffee cups or 4 slightly bigger ones

61 comments:

  1. It's a shame you weren't able to get this dessert entered, as it's such a classic and would sit very nicely on a dessert menu at most restaurants! The white chocolate ganache and crumbles of biscuit are the piece de resistance! Well done!

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    1. Thanks Susan. Sometimes, quite often in fact, things come along that change your priorities.

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  2. Choclette, they look amazing! I'm sure I could substitute coconut cream for the dairy... will be giving this one a go :)
    Janie x

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    1. Oh yes Janie, what a good idea. It would be most delicious with coconut - mmm!

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  3. These sound super delicious. I am sooooo stealing this recipe. Shame you missed the comp entry - these would surely have done well :)

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    1. Thank you Anneli, that's very kind - at least the super delicious bit is, not so sure about the stealing bit ;-)

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  4. I LOVE chocolate pots and yours look fabulous! I also LOVED those chocolate pearls Godiva sent us too!

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    1. Thanks Karen. As you know I love getting chocolate ;-) The pearls were fantastic for cooking.

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  5. What gorgeous little chocolate pots, I love this crockery too. Beautiful new post for your revamped blog!

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I fell in love with the coffee cups as soon as I saw them. Haven't used them for coffee once yet!

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  6. I love your re-vamped site, it looks great. These little choc pots look so special in this wonderful crockery. GG

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    1. Thank you GG. I've been meaning to give it a facelift for a long time. Jac finally gave me the nudge I needed.

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  7. gorgeous pots of scrummy chocolate heaven... they looks so creamy and smooth... LOVE the new blog look, it's really special... xx

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    1. So glad you like it Dom - well the pots too of course! You and Janice led the way and eventually I had to follow ;-)

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  8. These look divine and I can only imagine how delicious they taste! I can't wait to try this recipe soon.

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    1. Thank you Sarah - they were rather good :)

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  9. The chocolate pots look totally delicious and I like the sound of amaretto in them. The new blog look is also great!

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    1. Thank you Chris, it's great to get so much positive feedback about the new look. Amaretto goes particularly well with chocolate I find ;-)

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  10. Choclette, these chocolate pots look fantastic!
    Like the new template you use for the blog.

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    1. Thank you Angie. Still have a bit of work to do, but I'm pleased both with the pots and the blog :)

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  11. What a lovely new look Choclette- I love the photos on the banner, the one of the Cornish coast line is causing itchy feet for a trip to the sea!

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    1. Thank you Kate. How did you guess my cunning plan. If I can't get to London, I have to persuade my fellow foodie bloggers to come down here ;-)

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  12. ah! its sad that you couldn't enter the competition, i'm sure you would have a winner…choco pots sounds decadent, love the way you have served in those beautiful cups! Godiva is quite popular here, one day i will post to you one of the best chocolate from Belgium you being the chocolate lover :) Oh i like the new look of your blog!

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    1. Ananda, you are lovely. Thank you. My own silly fault. I hadn't come across Godiva until I was sent their chocolate pearls. You are most definitely in the right place to enjoy chocolate :)

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  13. I love chocolate pots and they are always a perfect end to any meal, especially with the added Amaretti touch. These look gorgeous!!!!

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    1. Thank you Kate - simple yet decadent.

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  14. A perfect dessert and so daintily presented, I could scoff down at least two of those ;-)

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    1. Haha Janice, suspect you might not have managed two after the mega curry CT cooked for us.

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  15. Goodness they look so rich, silky and smooth. I can imagine that crisp and light ammareti would be so perfect with these beautiful pots. X

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    1. Thank you Deena - rich silky and smooth sums these pots up very nicely :)

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  16. WOW Does that look wonderful!

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  17. Amaretti biscuits are my fave! Lovely chocolate pots and your blog looks superb now!

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    1. Thank you very much Sylvia. Amaretti biscuits are rather good I must admit ;-)

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  18. These sund lush Choclette! Loving your new-look blog too - very smart! Vohn x

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    1. Thanks Vohn, it's so nice to get so much positive feedback about my blog face lift :)

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  19. Oh these are so lovely Choclette! I could have them right now. Beautiful presentation too. I love amaretti and they just go hand in hand with chocolate.
    I like your new design too. Very nice and neat.

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    1. Thank you Alida, much appreciated. Have you made your own amaretti? Would love to find a good recipe for the crunchy ones.

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  20. Love love love it! :) Can't be amaretto!

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    1. You're so right Anyonita, Amaretto is one of the best :)

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  21. Shame you missed the deadline. Like me missing we should cocoa every month! I intend on entering at least once at some point in the future! At least you have got some great pics and great enjoyment from eating and sharing them. They are beautifully dressed. Love the new blog look - lovely to put a face to the blog too :)

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    1. Would love it if you joined in with We Should Cocoa Hazel. Thanks for your kind comments about my new blog look.

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  22. These look fantastic and I love the new blog look too

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    1. Thank you Sally, much appreciated.

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  23. Those look wonderful and what a gorgeous photo. I would love to dip into one just now. So, so tempting.

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    1. Thanks Jac. They make fantastic make ahead dinner party desserts and are so easy to dress up.

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  24. I'm sure I commented on this one already! I did the same choclette - my recipe is made but not entered!

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    1. Haha, glad it's not just me Fi! As you can tell, I've removed capcha (for a test) so maybe your no comment was something to do with that.

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  25. how beautiful - these are lovely. Loving the new look of your blog too!

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    1. Thank you Nazima - I'm sort of getting used to the new look now ;-)

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  26. A lovely recipe, such a shame it wasn't on time for the competition. Loving your blog re-design, too.

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    1. Thanks Ren. Can't believe I missed it. Blog still needs a bit of tweaking, but it's getting there :)

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  27. These look super delicious, and the photos are so inviting.I love the new look of the blog.

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    1. Thank you Nayna. I did make a bit of an effort with the styling on this one and I think it's paid off.

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  28. Amaretti & Chocolate has to be a match made in heaven! Such cute little cups to serve them in too, such a gorgeous after dinner pud.

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    1. Thanks Lou. As soon as I saw the cups, I fell in love with them and knew I had to get them.

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  29. Choclette I love these, look lovely!xx

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  30. This sounds so delicious. I am going to make it for my husband this weekend, as it is totally his kind of dessert.

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    1. Did you make it Dannii? And if so, did he enjoy it?

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  31. These look scrumptious and contain my two favourite ingredients chocolate and amaretto

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