…blue, blue Monday…

…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
3 eggs
60g butter
2 tbls chocolate hazelnut spread

Separate the eggs, and beat the egg yolks with the sugar until thick and creamy.

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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.

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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…

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2 Responses to …blue, blue Monday…

  1. Oh dearest Lard, I am sorry I helped bring on the gloom. Wish we were together to brew a good cuppa and be blue together! xxxx

  2. Not a problem my dear! Ohhh good cuppa AND a chocolate soufflé with you would cheer me up xxxx

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