Death By Chocolate: Recipes for Indulging

Indulge in these delicious chocolate recipes for rich endings

Chocolate mousse cups. Picture / Babiche Martens

Chocolate Mousse Cups
This chocolate mousse is dense, yet delicate and smooth... and the perfect way to end a meal. You can use pomegranate seeds for colour and crunch and don’t forget a dollop of cream. Making individual chocolate cups ahead of time is perfect for portion control, and means you don’t need to fuss between courses.

Homemade Chocolate
This is proper dark (bittersweet) chocolate with no added flavourings, emulsifiers or powders. It’s rich and intense so best enjoyed in small pieces, letting it melt in your mouth to truly appreciate its pure flavour. To create a smooth chocolate with a glossy finish and a good ‘snap’ when broken, it is important to achieve the right ‘temper’.

Triple Chocolate Brownies
These triple chocolate brownies are on the deeply gooey and decadent side of the brownie spectrum, featuring a soft, fudgy texture, and pockets of molten chocolate throughout. The additional richness comes from adding a handful of chopped chocolate to the glossy batter, although not absolutely necessary. 

Chocolate fondue. Picture / Babiche Martens

Chocolate Fondue
It's a throw-back to the sixties and seventies, but a fondue party is just too much to leave in the past. Have fun dipping your favourite seasonal fruit or marshmallows into this decadent chocolate fondue recipe. And a splash of liqueur to tickle it up a little.  

Double Chocolate Raspberry Puddings
Chocolate and raspberry is the perfect marriage of flavours, and these puddings are the ultimate sweet treat using local bean-to-bar chocolate and raspberries from the garden. The trick is catching the puddings at the ideal sweet spot when the edges are just cooked, while the centre is still lusciously gooey.

Baked Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake
This baked chocolate and raspberry cheesecake is great for when you're entertaining a crowd. The smooth and creamy filling is simply delicious and we recommend grating quality chocolate on top, and scattering a few raspberries to finish. 

White chocolate fudge. Picture / Babiche Martens

White Chocolate Fudge
You can start this white chocolate fudge recipe in the microwave to hurry the process. It also saves you stirring for quite so long.Hazelnuts work well in this recipe, but you can also use other nuts, such as pistachios or macadamia. Store the fudge an airtight jar — if you leave it on the bench and turn your back, it is sure to disappear!

Chocolate and Rum Cake
This is a flourless chocolate rum cake that needs to be served with lashings of whipped cream. There are only 5 ingredients in this simple yet decadent cake, and it makes a fantastic option if you're cooking for people with gluten sensitivities. 

Guinness and Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Topping
The Guinness stout gives the cake a richness and depth of flavour. The cake is topped with a white chocolate icing and a sprinkling of poppy seeds. In theory, this cake should last a week if stored in an airtight container, but we'd be surprised if it doesn't get devoured sooner than that!  

Flourless chocolate cake. Picture / Babiche Martens

Flourless Chocolate Cake
We love this cake for many reasons - it's simple to make, it uses few ingredients, it's gluten-free and it looks fabulous. It's as rustic as it comes, but we say, embrace the cracks and serve it with a healthy dollop of whipped cream. 

Chocolate Steamed Pudding
This is a chocolate version of the fruity Christmas pudding, that will be perfect for a less traditional festive menu. Serve this moist chocolatey dessert with cream or ice cream, as well as fresh raspberries for a fruity burst. 

Dark Chocolate and Almond Bark
This recipe has just four easy-to-find ingredients, each lending its own sensuous element and remarkable health benefits. Rich, dark chocolate, with its intoxicating melt-in-your-mouth quality; a touch of fragrant grated orange zest; a generous helping of crunchy almonds; and chewy, sweet-tart dried cherries all bring a considerable dose of health-protective antioxidants along with their flavour. 

Mexican chocolate mousse. Picture / Eleanor Ozich

Mexican Chocolate Mousse
Eleanor Ozich enjoys the way deep, dark chocolate marries with fruit, and on this occasion, with the citrus of orange. Delicate spices are beautiful here: a little cinnamon, nutmeg and chilli add a warming component to this luscious dessert.

White and Dark Chocolate Brownie
One doesn’t need an excuse to make a squidgy chocolate brownie. It is good at any time of day. Cut into the size that suits you — perhaps smaller pieces to follow an evening meal or larger chunks for keeping your energy up at work. Try heating a piece for 20 seconds in the microwave and serving with vanilla bean ice cream, or slicing in half horizontally and filling with ice cream.

Bitter Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding 
Deliciously dark and bitter chocolate is the base of the indulgent chocolate sauce that makes this dessert a real winner with chocolate-lovers. As with any good self-saucing pudding, the result is a moist dessert that only needs a drizzle of cream to finish. 

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