Ask anyone what one thing will make them literally drool like Homer Simpson on a bad day, and the chances are that their answer will be chocolate. Most of us can’t get enough of this rich and gooey delight and would like to find some different ways to incorporate it into our dessert repertoire. But we don’t want to be spending too much money at the same time, so here are some simple, and yet still cheap and delicious chocolate dessert ideas.
Chocolate Cream Pots
This delicious dessert is impressive enough for a dinner party and yet deceptively simple and cheap, considering it makes 6 servings so you’re covered for the family or for a midnight snack should you require on.
- 475ml double cream
- 150g caster sugar
- 6 egg yolks (save the whites for meringues)
- 175g chopped cooking chocolate
- 110ml strong coffee, such as espresso
Over a medium-high heat, bring the cream and sugar to boiling point, taking care to keep an eye on it. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks. Start pouring the hot cream into the beaten yolks in a steady stream, making sure to whisk vigorously. When around half of the cream has been mixed into the yolks, return the remaining cream to the heat and whisk in the cream-yolk mixture. Continue to heat, whisking constantly for around another 15-20 seconds, when you will find it has slightly thickened.
Strain the cream mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl and add the chopped chocolate. Keep whisking until smooth and the chocolate has melted. Whisk in the coffee. Pour into six ramekins and refrigerate until cool. Top with a little extra whipped cream and crumbled flake.
No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake
This serves 6, but if you are only making a romantic dessert for the two of you, cut the ingredients down accordingly. This also makes it very affordable and delicious for a special occasion, such as your Anniversary.
- 150g digestive biscuits
- 45g butter
- 110g caster sugar
- 120ml whipping cream
- 150g dark chocolate, melted and then cooled
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder mixed to a paste with a little hot water
- 1 (200g) tub cream cheese, (supermarket’s own works fine here)
Crush digestive biscuits and mix with melted butter and 1 tablespoon of caster sugar. Press down into an 18cm (7 in) cake tin and place in the fridge. Whip cream until in soft peaks, add cooled melted chocolate, then cocoa powder mix. Blend well and place to the side.
Beat cream cheese and remaining sugar together, then fold in cream and chocolate mixture. Mix thoroughly and spread on top of crushed biscuits. Place in freezer for an hour, then move to fridge for around 30 minutes, before serving. Top with sliced strawberries or raspberries or any seasonal soft berry.
Microwave Chocolate Lover’s Pudding
Simple, quick, easy, delicious; what more could you want?
- 115g each of self-raising flour and caster sugar
- Pinch salt
- 60g each of cocoa powder and butter/margarine
- 1 beaten egg
- 4 tbsp. milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla essence
- 115g soft brown sugar
- ¼ pint hot water
Melt butter on high for 45 seconds. Place flour, sugar, salt and 1 oz. cocoa into a mixing bowl. Add melted butter to flour mixture, with egg, vanilla essence and milk and then beat well.
Pour mixture into medium-sized, high-sided microwave dish.
Mix together brown sugar and remaining cocoa and sprinkle on top of mixture. Pour hot water over until mixture is covered.
Cook on high power for 5-6 minutes or until set, (will depend on wattage.)
Pudding will separate, giving a rich chocolate fudge sauce on the bottom.