…I hadn’t realised it was Blue Monday until I found out from my friend Margot – I immediately spiralled into a bad mood and, sadly, I think tomorrow may be even more dull as it won’t even have a title for its gloominess.
Yesterday I made little chocolate soufflés, and below is the lovely recipe by Nigel Slater along with some of my pictures – it was very naughty and really quite easy, so if you have found today or tomorrow reasonably blue-inducing, whip up four of these pots for a little warmth, decadence and even perhaps a glimmer of a smile…
St Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate Puddings
200g dark chocolate
100g caster sugar
2 tbls chocolate hazelnut spread
Separate the eggs, and beat the egg yolks with the sugar until thick and creamy.
Break the chocolate into pieces and put these into a heatproof bowl over simmering water until melted. Once melted, add the butter and once this has melted stir in the chocolate spread.
Fold the chocolate mixture into the creamed egg yolks and sugar.
Whisk the egg whites until airy and nearly firm, and gently but confidently fold into the chocolatey mixture with a metal spoon.
Pour into 4 buttered ramekin dishes, and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees C for 12 -15 minutes – the tops should have risen and cracked, and the inside should still be a little wobbly.
We poured double cream into the middle of these little pots… I warn you that they are very, very rich, but seeing as it’s a blue week I think we deserve them…