Chocolate and Star Anise Pots

Serves: 4
Course: Dessert
Cooking Time: 0 hr 20 mins
  • (serves 4)
  • 150ml milk
  • 150ml cream
  • 7 star anise
  • 180g dark chocolate (85%)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch salt, and vanilla extract
  • Topping
  • 4 tbsp mascarpone
  • pinch cinammon
  • 2 tsp maca powder

Pour the milk and cream into a saucepan. Add the star anise and bring to a gentle simmer so the anise flavour infuses the liquid. Next, place the chunks of chocolate into a food processor and pulse until they become crumb-like in texture.

Remove the star anise from the liquid and pour the hot milk and cream mixture into the food processor over the chocolate, keeping the motor going all the time.

Then add the egg yolks and maple syrup and pulse until smooth. Finally, add a pinch of salt and about 1 tsp of vanilla extract.

Decant the mixture into four glasses and place in the fridge to set.

Meanwhile, make the topping by whisking together the mascarpone, cinnamon and maca powder.

When the pots have chilled thoroughly and have set, top with the mascarpone mixture, sprinkle over a pinch of cinnamon and serve to gasps of delight (and maybe some celebratory swearing).

Domini Kemp

Domini Kemp

Domini Kemp, a contributor to The Irish Times, is a chef and food writer