• 8 oz of the very best 70% dark chocolate, chopped

  • 1 cup 35% whipping cream

  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or 1 Tablespoon of Grand Marnier


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    Gently heat the cream and vanilla seeds and vanilla pod in a small saucepan. When the mixture simmers, turn off the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Stir with a wooden spoon until the chocolate has completely melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy. Should the mixture begin to separate, to appear curdled, simply stir in a spoonful or two of cold cream and continue gently stirring until the mixture smoothes out again. Pour into a small festive serving bowl and refrigerate until set. Serve with graham crackers, biscotti or fruit.

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Posted by Philippa WightmanReport
Thanks for two great recipes - I paired the chocolate paté with your choc chip biscotti and I have to say they were fantastic!