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You’re only 5 minutes and 4 ingredients away from having a chocolate dessert up your sleeve that impresses every time!
Super easy desserts that impress!
I love discovering and posting ‘cheat’ recipes that impress guests but take literally minutes to throw together.
Take these very quick and easy Scrummy Lane dessert favourites, for instance:
But I really think these 5-minute chocolate pots give both of these a run for their money!
How to make easy chocolate pots
I spotted this recipe in a little cookbook by an organic chocolate company called Green and Blacks years ago. I thought about jotting it down, but didn’t even need to.
The recipe’s so easy, I just remembered it.
5 steps, 5 minutes:
Step 1: Melt 200 grams (that’s 7 ounces) melted chocolate (2 minutes tops).
Step 2: Stir 100 ml (just under half a cup) boiling water into it (1 minute). It goes stiff and grainy when you first start adding the water. Don’t worry! Just keep stirring until smooth.
Step 3: Whisk in 100ml (just under half a cup) double cream (about half a minute).
Step 4: Pour into shot glasses or similar (1 minute tops).
Step 5: Leave to set in the fridge and … enjoy!
These little chocolate pots are rich, as you can imagine. But honestly, not overly so. They’re like a chocolate ganache, but with the bit of added water they’re more like a luxury pudding.
I used a mixture of dark and milk chocolate for my chocolate pots, in a ratio of about 2 to 1, but you can use all dark chocolate or all milk if you prefer.
If you’re more of a white chocolate kind of person, you’ll be happy to know I also have a white chocolate pots recipe here on the blog (the ingredient amounts vary slightly!).
Keep them plain, or add flavours
Adding a teaspoon of vanilla essence works well, but this is up to you. Other flavours you can add include:
- peppermint essence
- orange zest
- instant coffee
- a large pinch of salt
These chocolate pots are definitely one of my go-to quick impressive desserts.
Give them a try! There’s no way your guests will realise they only took you 5 minutes, you sneaky thing.
These whiskey shot glasses (affiliate link) would be perfect for serving your chocolate pots!
I sometimes serve them with a dollop of whipped cream on top and a piece of shortbread (both of these optional of course).
Got some double cream to use up? Here are a few more recipes using double cream!
- 15-minute creamy pesto chicken (this is a delicious midweek meal, and only uses a little cream so it isn’t too heavy)
- creamy garlic parmesan potatoes (dauphinoise potatoes)
- 6-ingredient mini quiche lorraine (perfect for parties, and freeze really well!)
- white chocolate baked cheesecake (another super easy but impressive dessert)
More impressive but easy desserts
- 5-minute chocolate banana ice cream (healthy nice cream!)
- 6-ingredient gooey Swedish chocolate cake (you’ve got to try this!)
- Easy magic lemon pudding (the most controversial recipe on my blog!) or its little sister recipe aka this chocolate self saucing pudding (lower sugar recipe!)
- No bowl chocolate pecan bars (magic bars!)
- 2-minute healthy peanut butter mug cake
- Or check out this post listing all of the above and more in one easy list, or see ALL of my easy desserts here.
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5-minute chocolate pots (only 4 ingredients!)
- 7 ounces chocolate plus a bit extra for grating
- 0.5 cups boiling water (actually, just under half a cup – 100ml)
- 0.5 cups heavy cream heavy cream = double cream (UK), thickened cream also works well (Australia)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional)
- Break the chocolate up into a medium bowl, then melt in the microwave in 30-second spurts*.
- Add the water little by little, stirring until you have a smooth paste*.
- Whisk in the cream and vanilla (if using).
- Pour into shot glasses or similar and let set in the fridge (IMPORTANT: see note!).
- Just before serving, top each dessert with a splodge of whipped cream and a bit of grated chocolate (if you like).