Donal Skehan's Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Show your loved ones you care with these delicious chocolatey desserts.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Indulgence without the guilt…Surely this is the way to every woman's heart! A sweet and surprisingly delicious little dessert that will guarantee to have your date guessing what the secret ingredient is.
3 ripe avocados, stoned and flesh scooped out
75g cocoa powder
1 tsp espresso powder
75g clear honey
3 tbsp coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp sea salt, plus extra for sprinkling
1 tbsp raw cacao nibs, plus extra for sprinkling
Place the avocados, cocoa powder, espresso powder, honey, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and sea salt in a food processor and blitz until smooth. Stir through the raw cacao nibs until combined.
Transfer the mixture to four individual serving dishes, cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes until slightly firm. When ready to serve, sprinkle with a little more sea salt and raw cacao nibs.
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One-Bowl Chocolate Cake
If you're looking for a gooey chocolate fix to end your romantic meal, you've come to the right place. This cake is perfect for a quick dessert and uses basic ingredients that you probably already have in your store cupboard. If you're not a regular baker but want to impress, make this cake! I promise, it's foolproof!
100g butter, plus extra for greasing
200g caster sugar
2 large free-range eggs
70g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Icing sugar, to dust
Whipped cream, to serve
Handful raspberries, to serve
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Grease a 20cm-cake tin with a removable base, and line with parchment paper.
Melt the butter in a saucepan. Remove from the heat, add the sugar and eggs and mix well. Add the flour, cocoa and vanilla and mix until combined.
Pour into the prepared cake tin and place in the oven for 15 minutes. The cake won't rise dramatically but you should be left with a set top and gooey middle. Serve in slices, with a dusting of icing sugar and a little whipped cream.
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