12 September 2009


Ok, since I live in Belgium I feel that I have to post a chocolate recipe. This one is special. I only share it with my closest friends. I make this when I want a blast of intense chocolate flavor without a lot of heavyness. No, that's not really true. I make this when I want some chocolate bliss.

Use the best chocolate you can get—at least 60% cocoa. Yes, there's cayenne pepper in this. If you hate cayenne, then close your eyes when you put the pinch of it in, but trust me on this, ok? Just do it. The same with the black pepper. It should be as finely ground as you can get it—I grind mine in the pepper mill and then crush it more with my mortar and pestle. You don't want chunks of pepper in here, only the depth of flavor.

Adapted from this David Lebovitz recipe.


1 cup (225 ml) cream

1/2 cup (100g) sugar

pinch of salt

1/8 tsp instant espresso

pinch cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp finely ground black pepper, crushed even finer in a mortar and pestle

1/2 cup (50g) unsweetened cocoa powder -- the best you can get

4 ounces (110g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, cut in small pieces -- also the best you can get

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup (225 ml) milk

1. In a medium-sized saucepan, mix the cream and the cocoa. Whisk it until the cocoa is incorporated into the cream. Add the sugar, salt, instant coffee and the peppers.

2. Heat, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil.

3. Remove from heat and add the chocolate and the vanilla. Stir until the chocolate is melted and then add the milk.

4. Chill, then freeze in an ice cream freezer.


  • You can pour the liquid into popsicle forms and freeze it that way. This works very well.
  • You can replace the cream with half and half or even milk. This will reduce the richness, of course.
  • You can replace the instant coffee with Kahlua.

Serves 4 if they like it and 10 if they don't.


La Table De Nana said...

The photos are sublime..! I am sure the dessert is too! Thank you..hope you are having fun!!!

eatlivetravelwrite said...

Sigh, if only I had an ice-cream maker....

Kate said...

Oh, this looks quite tasty! Quick and easy it could be dangerous!

The Gypsy Chef said...

Gonna have to make this tonight! I felt a chocolate rush just looking at your beautiful pictures! Hope your hols are relaxing and fun!

Kate at Serendipity said...

Nana, it is veryvery delicious! The peppers accentuate the chocolate flavor. It´s deadly.

ELTW, you don´t need an ice cream maker. This one makes great popsicles too. OR you can heat it and drink it as hot chocolate. Ummm

Kate, this one is very easy. The only trick is the chocolate. You really need good chocolate for this one!

Gypsy, a little of this goes a long way. It´s rich and delicious!

Thanks for the comments. The holidays are great, the internet access is spotty, though. I´m struggling with the German keyboard, which has letters in different places. Sometimes the typos are interesting!

eatlivetravelwrite said...

Kate - thanks for the clarification - when you said "Ice cream freezer" I thought you meant a machine. So, just a regular freezer??? Excellent news!

Hungry Dog said...

Thanks for posting this recipe--I will definitely make this! It looks incredible. In our house this would probably serve two...

Hope you are having a great vacation!

Grace said...

my "after" shot would be a whole lot messier, and my face would be the worst of all. this is a great cool treat, kate!