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Chocolate desserts, a fancy finish to a fine evening

20 AUGUST 2012

Impressive and indulgent, these stunning desserts are sure to become your dinner party’s main event.

The extravagant sweets are a step up from the usual chocolate offerings and are a guaranteed hit with every guest, old and young alike. The innovative recipes incorporate unusual yet delicious flavours and textures.

Presentation is a cut above too and the jaw-dropping end results mean it’s wholly worth the extra attention required.

 

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Choose a chocolate dessert for your grand finale:

Adam Gray's warm chocolate doughnuts with damson fool

Lisa Allen's dark chocolate cylinder with hazelnut praline and salted milk ice cream

Marcello Tully's avocado, lime and chocolate parfait

Robert Thompson's chocolate and chilli tart


Hailing from the theobrama cacoa tree, chocolate was originally consumed as a bitter frothy drink back in ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures. It was thought to be an aphrodisiac as well as having great religious significance.

Since then chocolate has changed enormously but it still remains one of the world’s favourite flavours.

Of course chocolate is delicious alone but it also lends itself to plenty of food pairings, both savoury and sweet.

Chocolate and fruit, particularly berries and citrus fruit, work well together. Likewise nuts complement chocolate, as well as adding some extra crunch. Chilli and chocolate is a fashionable coupling, with the spiciness adding extra depth to the dish.

In recent years chocolate lovers have delighted in news of its many health benefits such as boosting heart health, protecting skin and improving moods.

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