Smooth Chocolate Pots with Orange & Roasted Hazelnuts
This recipe is super-quick and easy if you keep it simple. The core ingredients are dark chocolate and silken tofu. In essence, you just melt the chocolate, then blend up the tofu and mix them together. Simple as that.
But you can also really go to town if you want to make something a bit more impressive and adapt it to make it your own. Plus, it’s a handy way to use up half empty bits and pieces that you’ve discovered in the back of the cupboard. You can follow our recipe if you like, or have a look further down the page for some alternative ideas.
1 300g pack of silken tofu (we used Clearspring)
100g Pitch Dark chocolate from the Raw Chocolate Company
In our version we added:
Grated rind of half an unwaxed orange
Tablespoon of agave nectar
¼ teaspoon of almond extract
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
And we topped with:
Handful of crushed, roasted hazelnuts
A few pieces of home-made candied orange peel
Break the chocolate into pieces and put in a glass bowl over simmering water in a pan. Make sure the hot water and the bowl do not make contact, or the chocolate will get too hot. Stir frequently until the chocolate has melted.
Take off the heat and add the orange rind, agave and flavour extracts and stir well to combine, then set aside to cool a little.
Blend the silken tofu until smooth. We used a stick blender for this, but use whatever you prefer.
Lastly, add the chocolate mixture to the tofu and blend well until all ingredients are combined.
Pour into ramekins then refrigerate for at least an hour to set.
Before serving, top with candied orange and roasted, chopped hazelnuts.
How to create your own alternative version
• First, add your choice of flavours to the chocolate. Think liqueur or flavour extract (e.g. vanilla or almond). Don’t use vanilla essence – it is synthetic and won’t taste half as good! Add sweetener such as agave nectar to taste.
• Then, think about texture. Topping this dish with some crunch will really bring the dish to life. Chopped nuts or dried fruit work well here.
• Lastly, think about colour. You may already achieve this with the crunchy topping, but otherwise, add fruit or herbs such as fresh mint to brighten up the dish
Flavour combinations we like:
1 tbsp rum, topped with a handful of banana chips and Raw Chocolate Company Raw Chocolate Raisins.
1 tbsp Besos de Oro (a vegan alternative to Baileys!) topped with toasted, flaked almonds.
1 tbsp espresso coffee topped with chopped pistachios and freeze-dried raspberries.