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Amaretto Pots au Chocolat

Dessert | 17th March 2014 | By

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.

Amaretto Pots au Chocolat
Serves 6
A rich but silky smooth chocolate custard flavoured with Amaretto and decorated with a whipped white chocolate ganache and crushed amaretti biscuits.
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Prep Time
35 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
35 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 100 ml milk
  2. 175 ml double cream
  3. 3 large egg yolks (I used 2 duck egg yolks)
  4. 125g dark chocolate (callets or chopped)
  5. 1 tbsp Amaretto
  6. 25g white chocolate
  7. 3 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.
  7. Serve with a whole amaretti biscuit on the side.
Notes
  1. Fills 6 small coffee cups or 4 slightly larger ones.
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64 Comments

  1. Susan Lindquist

    17th March 2014 at 12:19 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      17th March 2014 at 2:50 pm

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

      Reply
  2. Jane Sarchet

    17th March 2014 at 1:37 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      17th March 2014 at 2:50 pm

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

      Reply
  3. Anneli Faiers (Delicieux)

    17th March 2014 at 1:40 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      17th March 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you Anneli, that’s very kind – at least the super delicious bit is, not so sure about the stealing bit 😉

      Reply
  4. Karen S Booth

    17th March 2014 at 1:43 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      17th March 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks Karen. As you know I love getting chocolate 😉 The pearls were fantastic for cooking.

      Reply
  5. Sarah Trivuncic

    17th March 2014 at 1:48 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      17th March 2014 at 2:56 pm

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

      Reply
  6. GG

    17th March 2014 at 1:59 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      17th March 2014 at 2:59 pm

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

      Reply
  7. belleau kitchen

    17th March 2014 at 2:27 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      17th March 2014 at 3:00 pm

      So glad you like it Dom – well the pots too of course! You and Janice led the way and eventually I had to follow 😉

      Reply
  8. Sarah Bates

    17th March 2014 at 2:46 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      17th March 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you Sarah – they were rather good 🙂

      Reply
  9. Christian Halfmann

    17th March 2014 at 5:23 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      19th March 2014 at 9:40 am

      Thank you Chris, it’s great to get so much positive feedback about the new look. Amaretto goes particularly well with chocolate I find 😉

      Reply
  10. Angie Schneider

    17th March 2014 at 7:38 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th March 2014 at 9:41 am

      Thank you Angie. Still have a bit of work to do, but I’m pleased both with the pots and the blog 🙂

      Reply
  11. Kate@whatkatebaked

    17th March 2014 at 8:09 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      19th March 2014 at 9:43 am

      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 😉

      Reply
  12. Ananda Rajashekar

    17th March 2014 at 8:18 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      19th March 2014 at 9:45 am

      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 🙂

      Reply
  13. Kate D

    17th March 2014 at 8:28 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      19th March 2014 at 9:47 am

      Thank you Kate – simple yet decadent.

      Reply
  14. Janice Pattie

    17th March 2014 at 9:54 pm

    A perfect dessert and so daintily presented, I could scoff down at least two of those 😉

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    • Choclette

      19th March 2014 at 9:48 am

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

      Reply
  15. Deena Kakaya

    17th March 2014 at 11:14 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      19th March 2014 at 9:49 am

      Thank you Deena – rich silky and smooth sums these pots up very nicely 🙂

      Reply
  16. Aunt Bee

    18th March 2014 at 6:05 am

    WOW Does that look wonderful!

    Reply
  17. Sylvia F.

    18th March 2014 at 7:35 am

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

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    • Choclette

      19th March 2014 at 10:45 am

      Thank you very much Sylvia. Amaretti biscuits are rather good I must admit 😉

      Reply
  18. vohnmcg.com

    18th March 2014 at 12:16 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      19th March 2014 at 10:45 am

      Thanks Vohn, it’s so nice to get so much positive feedback about my blog face lift 🙂

      Reply
  19. Alida

    18th March 2014 at 8:53 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      19th March 2014 at 11:17 am

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

      Reply
  20. anyonita green

    18th March 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Love love love it! 🙂 Can’t be amaretto!

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    • Choclette

      19th March 2014 at 11:51 am

      You’re so right Anyonita, Amaretto is one of the best 🙂

      Reply
  21. Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce

    19th March 2014 at 12:19 am

    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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    • Choclette

      19th March 2014 at 11:56 am

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

      Reply
  22. Sally Sellwood

    19th March 2014 at 12:45 pm

    These look fantastic and I love the new blog look too

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    • Choclette

      19th March 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you Sally, much appreciated.

      Reply
  23. Jacqueline Meldrum

    19th March 2014 at 10:05 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      20th March 2014 at 5:02 pm

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

      Reply
  24. London Unattached

    19th March 2014 at 11:46 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      20th March 2014 at 5:04 pm

      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.

      Reply
  25. Nazima Pathan

    20th March 2014 at 9:07 am

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

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    • Choclette

      20th March 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you Nazima – I’m sort of getting used to the new look now 😉

      Reply
  26. Ren Behan

    20th March 2014 at 3:20 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      22nd March 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks Ren. Can’t believe I missed it. Blog still needs a bit of tweaking, but it’s getting there 🙂

      Reply
  27. Nayna Kanabar

    21st March 2014 at 9:30 am

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

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    • Choclette

      22nd March 2014 at 4:49 pm

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

      Reply
  28. Lou, Eat Your Veg

    22nd March 2014 at 1:17 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      22nd March 2014 at 4:51 pm

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

      Reply
  29. Gloria Baker

    23rd March 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Choclette I love these, look lovely!xx

    Reply
  30. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    25th March 2014 at 12:58 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      31st March 2014 at 2:16 pm

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

      Reply
  31. Judith Luscombe

    21st July 2014 at 4:29 pm

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

    Reply
  32. Blair Urquhart

    22nd February 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Pitty about your post not being done on time but better luck for next time

    Reply
  33. Margot

    25th May 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Wow, those sound absolutely amazing!! I’m pinning them to my Chocolate Coma board 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th May 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Haha, I like the name chocolate coma Margot, good one. Thank you.

      Reply

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