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Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta

It is international Chocolate Day today, we are going to celebarte with a rich silky Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta.

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You will need 5 ramakins or small, individual (175ml) pudding basins..

Ingredients
100g Mortimer Dark Chocolate Powder
2 ½ leaves of gelatine
250ml milk
250ml double cream
Method

  • Line the ramakins with cling film. This makes them easier to turn out.
  • Put the leaves of gelatine in a shallow bowl of water for 10 minutes to soften.
  • Pour the cream and milk together into a saucepan and heat until it starts to simmer.
  • Add the dark chocolate powder and stir until dissolved.
  • Remove the leaves of gelatine from the water, add to the pan and stir until dissolved.
  • Take the pan off the heat and allow to cool while stirring gently.
  • Pour into the ramekins and place cling film over the surface to prevent a skin forming.
  • Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours, until set.
  • Turn the individual panna cotta’s out.

 

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Tiramisu

Tiramisu – a special dessert for Father’s Day, this Sunday.

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Ingredients

  • 50g Mortimer Dark Chocolate Powder
  • 1 pack boudoir biscuits (approx 30)
  • 3 eggs separated
  • 250g tub mascarpone cheese
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 200ml cold strong black coffee
  • 3 tablespoons of rum

 

Method

  • In a mixing bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese, sugar and egg yolks, with an electric mixer until evenly blended and creamy.
  • Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
  • Fold into the mascarpone mixture.
  • Break the boudoir biscuits in half. In a shallow dish mix the coffee and rum. Dip the biscuits in the rum and coffee, carefully as they will absorb the liquid quickly.
  • Depending on the shape of your serving bowl, put roughly a third of the biscuits in the bottom.   (My serving dish is much narrower at the bottom than top, so I use less biscuits in the bottom), Add a third of the mascarpone mixture.   Then sprinkle over a third of the chocolate powder.
  • Repeat the layers twice more, finishing with a thick sprinkling of the chocolate powder.
  • Leave to chill in the fridge for several hours, or overnight.

 

This Italian desert is always popular.  It looks and tastes wonderful, yet it is straightforward to make.

 

White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Rhubarb Compote

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I have often seen this being made on Masterchef and admit was a little nervous of how it would turn out, but now I wish I had been making it for years. It is much easier than I thought and the creamy white chocolate texture and flavour is sublime.
We had a barbeque party on Sunday for Adrian’s Birthday and all the children were desperate for second helpings!
Our Rhubarb in the garden is ready and the sharpeness of the rhubarb compote complements the sweetness of the panna cotta.

You will need 5 ramakins or small, individual (175ml) pudding basins..

For the Panna Cotta
Ingredients
75 g White Couverture Powder
2 leaves of gelatine
250ml milk
250ml double cream

Method
• Put the leaves of gelatine in a shallow bowl of water for 10 minutes to soften.
• Pour the cream and milk together into a saucepan and heat until it starts to simmer.
• Add the white couverture powder and stir until dissolved.
• Remove the leaves of gelatine from the water, add to the pan and stir until dissolved.
• Take the pan off the heat and allow to cool, to room temperature.
• Gently stir the mixture with a whisk before pouring into the ramekins.
• Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours, until set.
• Turn the individual panna cotta’s out and serve with the rhubarb compote.

 

For the Rhubarb Compote
Ingredients
250g  rhubarb
100g of caster sugar

Method
• Chop the rhubarb into slices about 3cm long.
• Place the chopped rhubarb and sugar into a saucepan over a medium heat.
• When the rhubarb juice starts to flow, stir with a wooden spoon turn the heat down to low and cook until the rhubarb is soft.
• Allow to cool.
• Puree with a food processor or hand held blender, and serve with the panna cotta.

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Chilli Meat Balls

Chocolate and Chilli is a great combination for this family favourite recipe.

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Serves 4-5

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

1 tablespoon Mortimer Dark Chocolate Powder

450g beef mince

1 egg

½ large or one small onion finely chopped

1 clove of garlic crushed

1 tablespoon tomato puree

½ teaspoon chilli powder

Salt and pepper

You will also need 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil for frying

For the tomato sauce

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

½ large onion or one small onion finely chopped

½ teaspoon chilli powder

2 teaspoons sweet paprika

500g tomato passata

I heaped tablespoon cream fraiche

Salt and pepper

Method

First make the meatballs

Put all the meatball ingredients into a large mixing bowl and using your hand mix all the ingredients together.

Shape into about 15 meatballs and put in the fridge for half an hour.

 

To complete the dish

Heat two tablespoons of vegetable oil in a frying pan and brown the meat balls.

In a second large frying pan, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil over a medium heat and fry the onion, chilli and paprika for 6 minutes, until the onion is soft.

Add the passata and cream fraiche and bring the mixture to a simmer.

Season with salt and pepper.

Add the meatballs and simmer for 20 minutes.

Serve with pasta .

Chocolate Brownies

I am so pleased fellow Blogger Kingdom of Appentency found our West African Chocolate Powder in Sainsburys and enjoyed making my brownies.   Compressed WAMORTIMER-3836

See how he did it…   Chocolate Brownies.

Chocolate Prune Cream

Chocolate Prune Cream

Soaking the prunes in brandy, makes them plumb and delicious.   This is good to serve with my Boozy Prune Chocolate Cake.

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Ingredients

100g prunes

50ml brandy

50ml water

50g Mortimer Dark Chocolate Powder

300ml double cream

Method

·         Put the water and brandy in a saucepan and heat until simmering.

·         Add the chocolate powder and stir until melted.

·         Add the prunes, remove from the heat and leave to soak overnight.

·         Liquidize the chocolate prune mixture to form a chocolate paste *.

·         Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.

·         Stir in the Chocolate Paste.

 

Cooks tips

*The chocolate prune paste would make a lovely dairy free filling for homemade chocolates.

Boozy Prune Chocolate Cake

Boozy Prune Chocolate Cake

The addition of prunes soaked in booze turns this chocolate cake into something rather special.  Just right for a Christmas treat!  Serve cold for afternoon tea, or warm with a helping of Chocolate Prune Cream for a delicious dessert.

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Serves 8 –10

You will need a greased and lined 7”by 11” (28cm by 18cm) tray bake tin.

Ingredients

150g prunes

50ml brandy

50ml water

125g butter

125g Mortimer Dark Chocolate Powder

250g caster sugar

2 large eggs

150g self-raising  flour

Method

·         Put the water and brandy in a saucepan and heat until simmering.

·         Add the prunes, remove from the heat and leave to soak overnight.

·         Cut the prunes, which should now be nice and plump, in half.

·         Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.

·         Add the chocolate powder, stir until melted and remove from the heat.

·         In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs and caster sugar.

·         Mix in the melted chocolate.

·         Stir in the prunes

·         Sieve the flour and fold into the chocolate mixture.

·         Spoon into the prepared tin, level the cake mixture and bake in the oven at 1800, at 1600C for fan ovens, GM 4 for about 35-40 minutes, until firm to the touch.

·         Leave in the tin for about 10 minutes before turning out.

·         Serve warm with Chocolate Prune Cream for pudding or cold with a cup of tea.