This past week my best friend and her husband bought their first home together. Keeping up to date with their progress via texts and social media – the lengthy process with solicitors, the excitement of being handed the keys, the flat-pack furniture – inevitably reminded me of our own house-hunting and furnishing adventures. For the first few days we sat on the floor, kept milk in the sink filled with cold water (effective for only a couple of days), and ate sandwiches or takeout. We made several trips to shops on the high street, ordered a ton of stuff online, and then sat around for hours waiting for it all to be delivered. I was more of a hindrance than a help when it came to putting the furniture together, so I mostly just sat back and watched Conor hammer, saw, dust, drill, screw and fix. When the jobs became few, and our new flat turned into a home, we joked we would be bored when there was nothing left to do. A year and a half later that day is yet to arrive – Conor isn’t happy with the beading for the floor and wants to rip out the half we’ve already nailed down, the plants all need repotting, the bathroom needs a new shower curtain, and we’ve changed our mind about the armchair. We’re definitely not bored yet.
Chocolate pots are a crowd-pleaser. They’re easy to put together and guaranteed to be enjoyed by most people (who doesn’t like chocolate?). These rich and decadent cherry chocolate pots are adapted from my ealier and plainer version, with the introduction of juicy cherries.
- 500ml double cream
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 60g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped, plus extra for topping
- Large handful of cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
- 60ml milk
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- A few whole cherries for topping
- Place 300 ml double cream, salt and sugar in a pan over a medium heat and bring to a boil. Just as it comes to a boil, take it off the heat, and add the butter and dark chocolate and stir until they are melted and the mixture is smooth. Fold in the chopped cherries. Set aside till lukewarm.
- When the mixture is lukewarm, add the milk and stir to combine the mixture together. Pour the mixture into the glasses or pots and then leave the chocolate to set at room temperature for at least 2 hours. To finish: whisk together 200 ml double cream with icing sugar and spoon on top of the chocolate pots. Add dark chocolate chips and whole cherries.