Spiced Prune Chocolate Pots with Amaretto – Christmas is Coming
Prunes and chocolate is a winning, but often overlooked combination. These spiced prune chocolate pots with amaretto are a particularly indulgent way to eat them. They make for a sumptuous dessert and are ideal dinner party fare. With flavours of orange, clove, nutmeg and allspice as well as amaretto, they would also make a good alternative dessert to Christmas pudding during the festive season.
I don’t know if anyone watched the Superfood series on Channel 4 that was on recently, but I really enjoyed the few episodes I saw and I learnt quite a lot. Who knew that Astronauts were fed prunes every day to keep their bones strong? I certainly didn’t. I add prunes to my porridge when I make it, but they’re not something I eat on a regular basis. Now I’m in the know, I’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate more of them into my diet.
Spiced Prune Chocolate Pots with Amaretto
These spiced prune chocolate pots with amaretto seemed like a good start. My recipe is adapted from Ann Carr’s Recipe Collection – purée of prunes with chocolate. I changed the quantities completely, deciding that the ratio of chocolate to prunes needed to be much higher. I also altered the spices, omitted the sugar and added amaretto – why wouldn’t you? The result is a rich, unctuous and distinctive dessert. A little goes a long way, though that didn’t stop CT asking for seconds. I made five good servings out of the quantities I used, but you could make four slightly larger ones if you’re feeling indulgent.
The recipe is a very simple one and as it can be made in advance, it’s perfect for serving up at a dinner party or any other occasion when you need to be particularly organised. I used my Optimum Nutri Force Extractor to blitz the prunes into a puree, but you could use a mini food processor or stick blender instead.
If you like the idea of prunes and chocolate together, I can also recommend this spicy chocolate & prune gingerbread.
Spiced Prune Chocolate Pots with Amaretto – The Recipe
- 100 g dried prunes
- thinly-pared peel of 1 orange
- 1 cloves
- 1 allspice berry
- grating of nutmeg
- 25 g butter
- 125 g dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp amaretto
Place the prunes in a small pan and cover with water. Add the orange peel, clove, allspice berry & nutmeg. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove the orange peel and clove and puree the rest using a stick blender or mini food processor. I used my Optimum Nutri Force Extractor.
While the prunes are still warm, add the butter and chocolate. Leave for a few minutes to melt, then stir until smooth.
Finally stir in the amaretto and spoon into little ramekins or chocolate pots.
Can be made the day before serving.
For a special occasion, decorate with gold leaf, alternatively grate some chocolate over the top or add a dusting of glitter.
These spiced prune chocolate pots with amaretto are my entry to November’s #WeShouldCocoa. If you’ve blogged any recipes using chocolate this month, do join in.
I’m also linking up with #CookBlogShare hosted this week by Recipes Made Easy.
They also go to The Baking Explorer for Treat Petite.
And to Searching for Spice for #CookOnceEatTwice. They lasted us three days, with the fifth one fairly shared between the two of us – sort of!
Other recipes for christmas desserts you might like
- Baileys choconana pie via Tin and Thyme
- Brandy snaps basket with mulled fruit compote via Foodie Quine
- Chestnut cream meringue cake via Tin and Thyme
- Christmas bliss balls via Tin and Thyme
- Cranberry & white chocolate trifle via Tin and Thyme
- Double chocolate cheesecake via The Baking Explorer
- Frozen chocolate caramel cream meringue cake via Julie’s Family Kitchen
- Malteser & nutella cheesecake via Mummy Mishaps
- Raspberry glitter trifle via Only Crumbs Remain
- Risalmande (Danish rice pudding) with cherry sauce via Fab Food 4 All
- Slow cooker chocolate caramel puddings via Farmersgirl Kitchen
- Slow cooker cranberry & vanilla steamed pudding via Baking Queen
- Speculoos & mascarpone pancake cake via Kavey Eats
- Vegan Christmas Pudding via The Veg Space
Spiced Prune Chocolate Pots. PIN IT.
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