Morning, friends. I wrote this blog post earlier this week when I was feeling a little sentimental, loved up on chocolate and…love. Which is the same thing, really. Anyway, here it is. We’re talking darling chocolate pots. It’s a good day.
I’m sitting here on a wintry Monday afternoon, cup of tea to my left and my husband to my right. With two perky, open laptops we’re sitting at the kitchen table, a shared blanket on our laps and wrists on the keyboard, fingers dancing on w, o, r, k as we work. I spent the morning on tasks for my private practice business before making us roasted parsnip and boiled egg salads for lunch. Then I vacuumed the house and am now sitting down to blog a little. It’s almost time for a snack as I’ select which photographs I want to include in this post for flourless chocolate pot. So naturally I feel our snack should involve chocolate…we’ll see. The National is playing through my earphones (my farm friend Tim got me onto them and I am obsessed) while Ben is speaking to schools and doing his thing.
I love these photos. Beyond the obvious warm from the oven gooey chocolate cake factor, they make me happy because it’s me and you. I made these on a Saturday spent at home with just us two. We needed that day, nothing on our agenda besides doing our most favourite things together. Just us. For breakfast I made us spelt diner pancakes and we affirmed these as our most favourite variety yet. Then there was a roasted carrot salad, which I will be sharing here shortly, and a vindaloo simmering away (which I will also be sharing here shortly). My goodness, that vindaloo was good.
In the afternoon I read this book mum picked up from the op shop (which reads so easily and feels like a trashy magazine but a little educational at the same time as I have babies on my brain (though this is not a pregnancy announcement) and a love for all things Oliver) while you watched X Men on your computer. I’m happy you got to be a couch potato, you needed a break. Plus I made you run in the morning and you’re still telling me your “glutimous maximus” hurts, so it must have been a good one (or perhaps just long overdue).
My natural hair colour is coming through after years of dying. You say you like it and I like that. These days I’d rather buy the good chocolate than visit the hair dresser. In fact, before making pancakes you cut two inches off. When I decide I want to do something I want it done straight away! That Saturday I wanted a haircut. Thanks for letting me bully you into taking the scissors to my locks and paying you in pancakes. And for taking these photographs of my flourless chocolate pots. I rewarded you with gooey cocoa pudding taken from the oven a minute too soon because that’s how you like them best. We make a good team, you and I. Let’s hang out again soon, just the two of us.
Flourless Chocolate Pots
80g Dark Chocolate (>70% cocoa), roughly chopped
50g Unsalted Butter
¼ cup Almond Meal
¼ cup Raw Cacao
¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
1/3 cup Honey
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 tablespoon Milk
2 Eggs, lightly whisked
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and lightly grease two pots with butter (my pots were 9cm diameter and 6cm deep).
2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, allowing it to bubble and brown. When nicely browned and fragrant (nutty and delicious, like a batch of croissants) add the chocolate and stir with a wooden spoon, allowing it to melt.
3. To this same saucepan add the almond meal, cacao, salt, baking soda, honey, vanilla, milk and eggs. Stir well to combine.
4. Pour the mixture into the greased pots and bake in the hot oven for ~15-17 minutes. You want the centre a little (or a lot) gooey and the sides a little more fluffy/cakier. It’s better to undercook them than overcook so check from ~12 minutes, depending on the size/depth of your pots and your oven strength. Mine are usually done at 16 minutes. Serve with creme fraiche and berries.