How to make chocolate fondant

Video guide to making a chocolate fondant

Hello, I'm Ravinder and I'm going to show you how to make chocolate fondant.

Ingredients for a chocolate fondant

What I've got in this bowl is 50g of butter and 350g of chocolate, which I've just melted together. You can do this in the microwave or you can do it over a pan of simmering water. And once it's melted, you just leave it to cool. So what I used is 250g of dark chocolate and 100g of ordinary milk chocolate.

So into my bowl, I'm going to put 150g of caster sugar, get that all in. I've got four eggs here. And into that, I've got about a teaspoon of vanilla extract, so that's going to go in. And I'm just going to give it a good whisk.

Whisk the mixture

And you need to give it a really good long whisk, because what you're trying to achieve is doubling the volume of this mixture and making it nice and airy. Into that I'm going to put my flour in. I've just got 50g of plain flour, that'll go straight in.

Add the chocolate and butter mix

At this point, we're ready to have some fun and add this beautiful chocolate and butter mixture. I'm just going to pour that in, look at it, it's just glorious. Then I'm going to go in with my whisk again.

Once you're pretty much happy that the mixture's incorporated then you just need to get your spatula and give it a last mix, making sure all the chocolate is well mixed in. You don't want to overwork the mixture. That is perfect, you can see it's just smooth and velvety and beautiful.

Pour the mix into ramekins

I've got some buttered ramekins here. This mixture will make six individual portions, but I always think if you're having a dinner party for four, it's always good to have an extra two just in case you make a mess of turning one out. I've buttered those ramekins and what I'm going to do is I'm going to put a disc of baking parchment in the bottom of each one. The reason I've put the disc of parchment in at the bottom is because, hopefully, I want to turn them out at the end because it looks so impressive. There's always an element of surprise with a fondant, so if they don't turn out, don't worry, you can still serve them in the ramekins.

Decorate your chocolate fondants

And I'm just going to half fill them because I want to put a little playful surprise in the middle of each one, which I'll show you in a minute. And now for the little surprise. So in two of them I'm going to pop a marshmallow right into their heart. And in another two, I'm going to put a piece of white chocolate. I'm just going to top and conceal those sugary hearts with yet more chocolate.

That's done. I'm just going to clean them off now and then they're ready to go into an oven which I've preheated to 180 degrees and you need to cook them for about 20 minutes. What you're looking for is a spongy outside, a little bit of a crust and still wobbly on the inside, but not undercooked.

Dust with icing sugar and prepare to serve

OK, my fondants are ready now, they've been cooking in the oven for 20 minutes. I'm just going to try and turn it out now. There it is, it's absolutely perfect. This is why lining it with parchment is always so important. I'm just going to peel the parchment off and then I'm just going to add a little bit of flourish to it by dusting it with some icing sugar that I've got here and I'm going to add some berries to pretty up the plate.

And there it is, beautiful. That's how you make chocolate fondant.

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