Petits pots au chocolat (chocolate pots), abject terror and an egg dearth


Hugo’s in a bit of a bad place at the moment. He frequently wakes to the resonance of hunting rifles (beyond unsettling for a dog of his delicate mental constitution) and will only deign to go outside if accompanied. On Sunday morning, no doubt in his eternal quest for reassurance, I found him in bed with Léo. Needless to say, he had not been greeted with open arms.

Since the hens, although of sound mind, are enjoying a long sabbatical, I had to concoct an egg-free chocolate mousse solution. This is it:

Ingredients (makes 6 small pots)

150g organic dark chocolate (min 70% cocoa solids)

200ml coconut cream, chilled

20g salted butter

1 teaspoon rum (optional)

2 tablespoons agave syrup

5g agar agar

Whip the coconut cream well until it becomes fluffy. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it and the butter in a bain marie with the rum and agave syrup. Meanwhile, dissolve the agar agar in a small quantity of hot water (4 tablespoons), bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes. Combine the whipped cream and chocolate mixture thoroughly. Then add the agar agar, mixing well. Transfer to small pots (or cups) and chill in the fridge for at least three hours before eating.

6 responses to “Petits pots au chocolat (chocolate pots), abject terror and an egg dearth

  1. Oh this must be so delicious. I love anything chocolate and especially a lovely creamy concoction like this. Poor Hugo, sounds like he has PTSD and is in need of soothing therapy. I imagine laying in the bed with Leo is just what he needs.

  2. Rum and chocolate! These chocolate pots are so tempting! I will save the recipe for later. Hope Hugo is doing better now.

  3. I so don’t blame Hugo, I used to hate listening to all the hunting gunshots in rural France and our doggies were scared too.

    Your mouse sooooo has to be good with all that heavenly coconut cream?! Not to mention chocolate and rum, yummy! Have you ever made a simple mouse with avocado and chocolate? It’s on my (rapidly increasing) list to make, and at the very least tempt my kids to eat avocado which they’re strangely adverse to.

    • Thanks Louisa! This mousse was really really delicious. I haven’t made mousse with avocado, but I have tried brownies, which were really moist and tasty. I’m sure the mousse would work though – I’ll watch out for it on your blog…

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