The words ‘totally indulgent’ just wash right over us during the holiday season don’t they? I mean, everything is totally indulgent and we’re all of the opinion that the more indulgent the better. Like we’re aiming to get as many extra calories in as possible before the holidays are over, as if we’re about to be hibernating for the forseeable future and will have months of no food to make up for. (I guess that’s the equivalent of our January detox).
Anyhoo I promised you the recipe for these Chocolate Cherry Pots after I featured them in my dinner party post and here it is, because if there’s one thing we all need right now it’s more chocolate right? Why not, we’ll eat healthily once we go back to work. Today? Well today is for the richest, most calorific, and most delicious dessert we can get our hands on.
The great thing about this dessert though, is how fast it is to make. It requires no cooking (hurrah) and can be whipped up in around 15 mins without breaking too much of a sweat, so we definitely don’t need to worry about having burned off those calories we’re about to consume. Because – hibernation tactics people. It’s perfect if you’re caught out and greet unexpected guests at the door, and perhaps most importantly it looks super pretty! The look of this dessert is a clever disguise of how unbelievably easy it is and how little skill it requires.
So here’s the lowdown…
What you’ll need
200g dark chocolate
60g unsalted butter
55g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
150ml of double cream
cherries for the top
How it’s done
1. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy
2. Add the eggs and beat for 2 minutes (it will split slightly but this doesn’t matter, the chocolate will bind it)
3. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan or in the microwave
4. Add the melted chocolate, half of the cream and the vanilla extract to the butter mixture and beat until combined
5. Spoon into small glasses or bowls
6. Whisk the remaining cream until soft peaks form. Dollop a spoonful on top of your chocolate pots and add cherries for decoration.
(If doing ahead of time, remove from the fridge and bring to room temperature, then decorate with cream and cherries before serving)
I told you it was easy! Indulge away…