Chocolate petits pots

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This was my Easter dessert. And may I say….it was unbelievable. This has nothing to do with my culinary prowess but more with the lovely cookbook which I gave my husband for Easter.

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I got this recipe from a cookbook I bought after reading its review on a lovely blog http://everythingclassified.wordpress.com

The author is Eric Lanlard and really..I am not a chocolate person but I would buy the book for this recipe.
I was inspired to make this cookbook by two things. First, my husband chose it. Second, I was in a chocaletería the other day and had a lovely selection of hot chocolates.

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The chocolate used was Valor and it was lovely. There was a beautiful picture on the wall which made me appreciate the chocolate even more.

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The chocaletería is in Alicante and not far from there, in Valencia, is a chocolate factory called Valor. It is a beautiful and yes, fascinating place to visit.
So, inspired by these, I went to work and found this to be an easy recipe which I will now serve as my Christmas Day dessert along with my fruitcake. Yep…it really is that good.
Great news should be shared and I have to share this with all of you!

Serves 8

4 cups milk
8 ounces semisweet chocolate coatsely chopped
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup cornstarch
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
2 teaspoons brandy

Set aside 2/3 cup of the milk and pour the rest in a saucepan. Add the chocolate and sugar and heat gently until the sugar dissolves.

Mix the cornstarch with the reserved milk in a bowl, using a wire whisk. Stir it into the chocolate milk and bring it to a boil stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken. Remove from the heat and add the butter. Then stir in the brandy.

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Pour it into eight small cups or famekin dishes. (I put mine in ramekin dishes and a few in espresso cups because I thought they looked beautiful that way!) Let them come to room temperature and put them in the fridge for at least four hours. Remove them from the fridge 1 hour before serving.

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You won’t regret it!

Enjoy! Xxxx Natascha

11 thoughts on “Chocolate petits pots

  1. Thanks for sharing Natascha!! It looks like a beautiful chocolate dessert and I’ll make it for my family in the UK when I see them! 🙂 Might have to test it out here in Spain first… P.S. It’s now my ambition to visit that Valor factory in Alicante one day! 🙂

    1. Good idea! The chocolatería is in Alicante and it is a chain throughout Sapin. The decoration is like something from the 1930´s. Just beautiful! The Factory itself is a short drive, really less tan an hour, away in Valencia. I recommend staying in Alicante and popping over to the Factory! They entrance is free and they have an interesting brief tour about where the chocolate comes from, and the founder, whose name was Valerio! Cute gift shop too. 🙂

      1. No problem! Gift shop just has chocolate but still, at slightly lesser price than at the supermarket. In Alicante you can visit a replica of the 18th century ship, La Santisima Trinidad! When you go to the top and overlook the harbour, there are tables and chairs where you can have any drink you want from the bar. The drink comes free with the admission! Really beautiful and relaxing!

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