Chocolate pots with orange and cardamom

Serves6-8 Origin Fusion
Preparation 10-15mins Heat rating (No heat)
Cooking 10mins Ease (Very easy)
Chill for 4hrs or overnight Vegetarian Yes

Ingredients

8 Green Cardamom pods
100ml milk
200g good quality plain chocolate
1 orange
2 eggs
250ml double cream

Preparation

Slit the cardamom pods open and prise out the seeds. Crush the seeds a little with the back of a spoon or in a pestle and mortar and put in a small pan with the milk. Slowly bring to boiling point, then remove from the heat and leave to infuse while preparing the other ingredients.

Break the chocolate into a bowl, place over a pan of boiling water try not to let the water touch the bottom of the bowl as this will make the chocolate lumpy. Leave the chocolate to melt.

While the chocolate is melting, grate the zest of the orange and squeeze out its juice.

Separate the eggs, then use a whisk to beat the egg yolks until they turn thick.

When the chocolate has melted, stir in the yolks, zest and juice, and strain in the milk.

6 Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks and fold them into the chocolate mixture using a large metal spoon.

Whisk the cream until it forms soft peaks and, using the metal spoon again, fold it into the other ingredients.

Pour the chocolate into a large dish or distribute it between six or eight small ramekins or pots (espresso coffee cups will do). Cover with clingfilm and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight until set.

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