There is no denying that I love my desserts.
When looking through a menu it is always the dessert section that I head to first, the same when I pick up a recipe book or when I’m looking through somebody’s blog. Sadly for me I very rarely get to make a dessert. My hubby has no interest in anything sweet and I don’t want to overload my kids with creamy, sugary food when they are more than happy with fruit or yoghurt. So the only time I really get to indulge myself is if we have friends round for dinner and then I tend to make something quite elaborate.
When I heard about the new Dead Easy Desserts challenge over at Maison Cupcake I was more than happy. That was until I realised that you had to be able to complete them in less than 30 minutes. Yikes! I can’t remember ever having made a dessert in such a short time except for my Lemon Ping Pudding but I had already blogged that. It was only a few days later that I thought about this Chocolate Blancmange recipe which was one of the first things I learnt at school. It is super quick and so easy it is almost fool proof. You can serve it as is or layer it with some fresh cream in a glass and serve with a shortbread biscuit for something a bit more elegant. You can also play around with the flavour by adding a touch of Cointreau or Baileys Irish Cream. When served just plain with a few shavings of chocolate over the top it is a perfect quick treat for the kids.
It’s quick; its rich, it’s chocolaty – what more do you need.
- 50g cornflour
- 50g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 110g caster sugar
- 570ml milk
- Sieve the cornflour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and sugar into a bowl.
- Add about 2 tblsps of the milk to the bowl and mix until you have a smooth paste.
- Heat the remaining milk in a saucepan until just beginning to boil.
- Remove from the heat and add to your paste mixture, stirring until well incorporated.
- Add your mixture back to the pan and continue to cook on a medium heat, stirring all the time, until the mixture is thick and glossy.
- Remove from the heat and cool slightly before pouring into your serving dishes.
- Leave to one side to cool completely before serving.
My chocolate dessert made in 20 minutes for