Chilled Chocolate Timbales

Andrew Nutter's delicate chocolate concoctions, prettily decorated, make an exquisite dinner party dessert
By Andrew Nutter
Chilled Chocolate Timbales
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  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes plus 1 hr chilling time
  • Effort: medium



  • 1 tbsp water
  • 115 g caster sugar
  • 375 ml milk
  • 150 ml whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 115 g dark chocolate, broken into squares
  • 1 egg
  • 3 egg yolks

To decorate:

  • 6 small strawberries, finely sliced
  • 6 tsp coffee liqueur
  • 150 ml whipping cream
  • 1 drop vanilla extract
  • 25 g icing sugar, sifted
  • 25 g white chocolate, grated


1. Preheat the oven to 180CGas 4.

2. In a saucepan boil the water and sugar until it is the colour of golden syrup. Add the milk, cream, vanilla, coffee granules and chocolate, and bring it to a simmer.

3. Place the egg and yolks in a bowl, whisk them lightly and then pour the chocolate mixture on to them, whisking as you pour to prevent the eggs curdling.

4. Pour the chocolate mixture into six 150ml ramekin dishes and put them in a roasting tin. Pour sufficient tap-hot water into the tin to come half of the way up the ramekins. (This creates a hot-water bath, which cooks the chocolate mixture gently while it is in the oven.)

5. Cover the tin with foil then transfer it to the oven for 25mins. The mixture should be set and very slightly puffed up when it is ready. Remove the tin from the oven, take the ramekins out of the water and leave to cool.

6. Once the chocolate desserts are cool, place them in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.

7. When you are ready to serve, lay a few slices of strawberries on top of each chocolate dessert and drizzle over about a tsp of coffee liqueur.

8. Whisk the cream with the vanilla and the icing sugar until it has thickened, then place a generous teaspoonful of it on top of the strawberries. Scatter the white chocolate and coloured/flavoured chocolates on top.

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