Raspberry Cream Roll

Raspberry Cream Roll

Raspberry Cream Roll

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Raspberry Cream Roll served on a blue platter with a slice served on a white plate.

Raspberry Cream Roll screams spring, but as I write this post I look outside to a grey and windy day with a forecast of snow. It’s recipes such as this that keep me focused and looking forward. In this case, forward to better weather, summer days and fresh berries.

This lovely dessert is a classic combination of a vanilla jelly roll laced with raspberry jam, however, it is anything but ordinary. The raspberry jam layer has the addition of Chambord liqueur for a vibrant punch of raspberry flavour, and the cream filling is a luscious combination of mascarpone and whipped cream. It’s a wonderful combination served with lightly macerated mixed berries.

 

A prepared jelly roll ready for the oven in preparation for Raspberry Cream Roll.

What makes a good jelly roll? Getting lots of volume in the beaten eggs and sugar will ensure your jelly roll is light and spongy. Only mix in the dry ingredients until combined and smooth, don’t over mix after this addition. Allowing the jelly roll to rest for about 10 minutes before rolling will prevent it from deflating itself from its own weight when rolled. Keep in mind you need to roll the cake while warm to prevent cracking but rolling while “hot” out of the oven will result in a flat jelly roll. I find the time it takes to loosen the cake from the edges of the pan, gather together the kitchen towel, sifter and powdered sugar is about enough cooling time to flip over the jelly roll, trim the edges and roll it while warm without cracking or deflation.

The end result is a light and airy cake with a smooth surface that’s begging to be dusted with powdered sugar for the perfect finish. It’s the kind of dessert you want to show off to your guests and one that you’ll want to make again and again.

Raspberry Cream Roll served on a light blue platter garnished with fresh berries.
A close up slice of Raspberry Cream Roll served on a white plate.

Raspberry Cream Roll sliced and topped with fresh macerated berries on a pink background.
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Raspberry Cream Roll

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 people

Ingredients

Cake Roll

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • as needed powdered sugar

Filling

  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 tbsp Chambord optional
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces mascarpone
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Cake Roll

  • Preheat oven to 375°F and line a 10"x15"x1" baking tray with parchment. Spray the sides with non-stick spray.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  • Whip eggs until thick and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Gradually beat in sugar until combined. Beat in water and vanilla at low speed until incorporated.
  • Add flour mixture and beat until combined and smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread out evenly using an off-set spatula. Tap pan once or twice lightly on the counter to remove any large air bubbles. Bake in preheated oven for 15-16 minutes until center is set and cake is golden.
  • Remove cake from oven and loosen cake from edges using a sharp knife. While the cake is warm (not hot, see note) dust top of the cake generously with sifted powdered sugar. Invert cake onto a clean kitchen towel and carefully remove parchment by peeling off at a sharp angle. Trim cake edges.
  • Starting at the short end, roll the cake up tightly in the kitchen towel. Allow the cake to cool completed before final assembly.

Filling and Assembly

  • While the cake is cooling whisk jam until smooth and stir in Chambord if using.
  • Beat whipping cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Add mascarpone and vanilla and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Carefully unroll cooled cake and spread evenly with jam mixture. Dollop whip cream mixture over the jam and spread evenly over the jam.
  • Roll the cake back up as tightly as possible without squishing out the filling. Trim the ends evenly and dust the cake roll with sifted powdered sugar. Transfer cake to a serving platter and cut into thick slices. Serve immediately with fresh macerated berries of choice. If serving at a later time, move the cake to your serving platter and cover ends with plastic wrap and then the entire cake with plastic wrap. Keep chilled until ready to serve. When ready to serve, dust with sifted powdered sugar and cut into thick slices.

Notes

-It is important to note that the cake should be warm and not "hot" when removing from the pan, inverting and rolling.  Most recipes don't indicate this, but if you rush and roll the cake while it is hot, it will flatten itself because it's still very soft.  I'm not talking about a lot of time difference, 5 minutes in the pan and taking some care loosening it before flipping and care taken to remove the parchment and trim the cake is enough time for the cake to be set enough to roll without excessive flattening yet warm enough to prevent cracking. 

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Chocolate Chambord Truffles

Chocolate Chambord Truffles

Chocolate Chambord Truffles

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Chocolate Chambord Truffles decorated with pink hearts are arranged on a pink napkin lined plate on a black back drop.

Truffles may look difficult to make, but in reality, they are quite simple. There’s no special equipment or forbidden secret, like how you get the caramel in the Caramilk bar. What is needed most is a little bit of patience and part of that is the patience not to eat the ganache before the truffles are rolled, LOL! It takes time for cooling, rolling and coating the truffles, but trust me, they are simple and delicious.

Truffles are merely chocolate ganache (chocolate and heavy cream) rolled into balls and coated with cocoa powder or melted chocolate and anything you’d like to sprinkle on them. This recipe flavours the ganache with Chambord (raspberry liqueur) and then garnished with a chocolate coating and candied hearts for an elegant yet simple finish.

Chocolate Chambord Truffles decorated with pink hearts are arranged on a pink napkin lined plate on a black back drop.

Don’t be afraid of tempering chocolate if you want a smooth glossy finish to your truffles. I did not temper the chocolate for this post (the ones in the pictures), and they still look amazing. It’s an optional process if you choose to do it. It provides stable chocolate that keeps a gloss even when set.

Basic tempering:

Finely chop chocolate and heat 2/3 of it over a double boiler until melted and not warmer than 120°F. Turn off the heat and remove the bowl, wiping any moisture from the bottom. Gradually add 1-2 tablespoons of chopped chocolate, stirring and allowing the chocolate to melt before adding more until the temperature drops to 86°F. Return the bowl to the double boiler and warm to 88-91°F and start dipping.

Chocolate Chambord Truffles decorated with pink hearts are arranged on a pink napkin lined plate on a black back drop.

Chocolate Chambord Truffles decorated with pink hearts are arranged on a pink napkin lined plate on a black back drop.
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Chocolate Chambord Truffles

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

Truffles

  • 8 ounces good quality semi-sweet chocolate 60-70% cocoa
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Chambord raspberry liqueur
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Dipping

  • 10 ounces good quality milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate

Instructions

Truffles

  • Finely chop chocolate and place in a medium bowl. Heat cream until hot but not boiling. Pour cream over the chocolate and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk gently to bring cream and chocolate together and the mixture is smooth and silky.
  • Stir in the Chambord until combined and then stir in the room temperature butter. Scrape the sides of the bowl and cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the chocolate. Allow to cool at room temperature until scoopable (mixture will still be soft).
  • Using a 15ml scoop or a tablespoon, scoop chocolate onto a parchment lined tray. Chill until firm.
  • Using clean dry hands, roll each scoop into a smooth ball and place on a clean sheet of parchment. Rinsing your hands in cool water and drying them about every 4 rolls helps to achieve a uniform and smooth ball.
  • Keep truffles chilled until ready to coat.

Dipping

  • Finely chop the chocolate and place it in the top of a double boiler making sure the water does not touch the upper bowl/pot. Melt gently, stirring occasionally until liquid and smooth.
  • Pour melted chocolate into a small wide glass or wide mouth 250ml mason jar. Using a skewer or toothpick dip each ball into the melted chocolate to cover completely. Remove immediately and allow excess chocolate to drip off. Place truffle on a clean parchment-lined tray and twist toothpick gently to remove. Repeat the dipping process for each truffle. Chill truffles until firm. Alternatively, you can dip each truffle by placing one at a time directly in the melted chocolate and removing with a fork from underneath the truffle, allowing the excess chocolate to drip off.
  • Decorate truffles by drizzling remaining dipping chocolate over each truffle and garnish with your favourite edible decoration.

Notes

-You can roll each truffle in cocoa if you prefer and skip the dipping.
-Keeping the truffles chilled as you go in the dipping process helps keep them firm enough to handle.
-I did not have a 1tbsp scoop, so I used a 2tbsp scoop and sliced each ball in half before rolling.
-Placing the cup or mason jar with the melted dipping chocolate in a larger vessel with hot water helps to keep chocolate warm and smooth for dipping (plan for the water displacement). Warming for 30 seconds in the microwave will also help keep it melted as you go.
-Any remaining dipping chocolate can be poured onto parchment and allowed to set for use in another recipe (do not waste it).

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Super Moist Carrot Cake

Super Moist Carrot Cake

Super Moist Carrot Cake

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There’s nothing that I don’t like about this cake, so I can easily say “hello autumn” with enthusiasm. Super moist, lightly spiced, textured with coconut and smothered with a dreamy cream cheese frosting. Super Moist Carrot Cake is a winner every time, feeds a small crowd and freezes exceptionally well.

Super Moist Carrot Cake just out of the oven in a silver baking pan and icing in the background.

Did I mention it’s also quick and easy with minimal mess, other than shredded carrot that seems to get everywhere LOL! It’s the perfect fall cake that turns the humble carrot into the most delicious dessert. It’s a nostalgic recipe for me, being slightly adapted from a gifted cookbook when I was only 17 years old and graduating from high school. It’s a treasured book, missing its cover, yellowed and ratty. But every time I thumb through it, I’m taken back to a simpler time, high school friends and big dreams. Thank you Simone and Marlene for this simple yet wonderful book that I still love 31 years later. Proving that great recipes are timeless.

Super Moist Carrot Cake in a 9"x13" pan with cream cheese icing and decorated with piped carrots.
A piece of Super Moist Carrot Cake on a small white plate resting on an orange napkin with a pan of cake in the background.
A piece of Super Moist Carrot Cake on a small white plate resting on an orange napkin.

Author: Coompelled to Cook, slightly adapted from the book “Let’s Break Bread Together” circa 1989?

A piece of Super Moist Carrot Cake on a small white plate resting on an orange napkin.
Super Moist Carrot Cake
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    Servings Prep Time
    9x13 pan 30 minutes
    Cook Time
    45-50 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    9x13 pan 30 minutes
    Cook Time
    45-50 minutes
    A piece of Super Moist Carrot Cake on a small white plate resting on an orange napkin.
    Super Moist Carrot Cake
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      Servings Prep Time
      9x13 pan 30 minutes
      Cook Time
      45-50 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      9x13 pan 30 minutes
      Cook Time
      45-50 minutes
      Instructions
      Cake
      1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9"x13" pan with non-stick spray.
      2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.
      3. In a large bowl whisk together oil and sugar. Add eggs one at a time whisking well to fully combine after each. Stir in orange juice and vanilla.
      4. Whisk in half of the dry ingredients followed by half the milk. Repeat with remaining dry ingredients and milk, whisking only until just combined. Stir in carrots, pineapple and coconut. Pour into prepared pan and bake on the middle rack for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
      5. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely at room temperature. Once cooled, spread evenly with cream cheese icing. Cut into 20-24 pieces and serve.
      Cream Cheese Icing
      1. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add butter and beat until fully combined and fluffy. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until just combined and smooth. Spread onto cooled cake.
      Recipe Notes

      -Cake freezes well without icing for up to a month if well wrapped.

      -Cake freezes well if iced and cut into squares, stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

      -Recipe makes for a thick layer of icing.  Icing freezes well on its own in an airtight container for up to a month.

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      Creamy Lemon Pops

      Creamy Lemon Pops

      CREAMY LEMON POPS

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      Creamy Lemon Pops stacked on a metal serving tray garnished with fresh strawberries and a bowl of lemons in the background.

      It’s still summer, thankfully! So this means there’s still time to enjoy these delicious Creamy Lemon Pops. This week in central Alberta the weather is scheduled to be one of the nicest of the summer, assuming the weatherman gets it right of course!! It’s crazy to think people can predict the weather 30 years from now with global warming but can’t seem to predict two days out. It’s frustrating, to say the least, when trying to plan activities and having a very short summer season. But all my mumbling aside, these Creamy Lemon Pops are packed with lemon flavour from fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. They’re creamy and delicious but not overly sweet, which makes them great in hot weather.

      Creamy Lemon Pops in a popsicle mold with a tray of Creamy Lemon Pops garnished with strawberries and mint in the foreground.

      The recipe is a riff on a Semifreddo, meaning half-frozen and like custard-style ice cream. I’ve gone and added yogurt and lightened up on the sugar to make these lovely treats. They’re super creamy and indulgent, making them great for kids and adults alike. So go ahead and treat yourself while the sun still shines this summer, enjoy!

      Creamy Lemon Pops stacked on a metal serving tray garnished with fresh strawberries and a bowl of lemons in the background.

      Creamy Lemon Pops stacked on a metal serving tray garnished with fresh strawberries and a bowl of lemons in the background.
      Creamy Lemon Pops
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        Servings Prep Time
        8 popsicles 20-25 minutes
        Cook Time
        4-5 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        8 popsicles 20-25 minutes
        Cook Time
        4-5 minutes
        Creamy Lemon Pops stacked on a metal serving tray garnished with fresh strawberries and a bowl of lemons in the background.
        Creamy Lemon Pops
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          Servings Prep Time
          8 popsicles 20-25 minutes
          Cook Time
          4-5 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          8 popsicles 20-25 minutes
          Cook Time
          4-5 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: popsicles
          Instructions
          1. In a small bowl whisk together egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt. Place the bowl over a double boiler, making sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Heat over medium, whisking constantly until mixture registers 170°F, about 4 minutes.
          2. Remove from heat and place in the fridge while proceeding.
          3. Whip heavy cream until firm peaks hold. Place in the fridge until ready to use.
          4. Using the same beaters, whip the warm egg yolk mixture until creamy, lite, and cool/room temperature to the touch, about 4 minutes. Stir in Greek yogurt until combined.
          5. Fold whipped cream into egg mixture until combined. Divide evenly into 8-80ml popsicle molds. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Run warm water over the popsicle molds to loosen slightly before pulling the popsicles out. Popsicles will last for a week if kept covered and in the mold.
          Recipe Notes

          -If preferred, remove all popsicles at once and store them in an airtight container for up to one week.

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          Lemon Cream Mini Pavlovas

          Lemon Cream Mini Pavlovas

          Lemon Cream Mini Pavlovas

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          Lemon Cream Mini Pavlovas garnished with blueberries and mint sit on a white cake tray decorated with blue flowers.

          Where the heck is spring??  As I write this it is literally -15°C.  I think global warming has skipped over us here in Alberta.  But these bright and cheery Lemon Cream Mini Pavlovas are sure to brighten and warm any day.  Crisp yet chewy pavlova nests are filled with lemon curd and whipped cream filling.  They are lovely topped with fresh berries such as blueberry or raspberry and perfect for Easter or Mother’s Day. 

          Mini pavlova nests piped onto a baking tray lined with parchment and ready to be baked for Lemon Cream Mini Pavlovas.

          Sadly, with the way the world is these days, most of us may not be having much of a family gathering at Easter.  It will most likely be a modest meal with homebound family members and chats throughout the weekend with family and friends on Facetime or Skype. And this is okay because it’s what we need to do right now to keep everyone safe. As for this beautiful dessert, perhaps it will have to wait for another special occasion. Maybe Mother’s Day, bridal shower or what the heck, how about the first day of summer! There are always reasons to celebrate, so you’ll want to bookmark this recipe.

          Lemon curd for Lemon Cream Mini Pavlovas in a small glass bowl that is resting on a blue and white cloth.

          Here are a few helpful hints for this recipe:

          -make sure your mixing bowl is very clean (grease will hinder a great meringue).

          -use egg whites that are at room temperature (warm egg whites incorporate more air than cold ones).

          -you can grind granulated sugar for about 10 seconds using a mini grinder if castor sugar is not available.

          -stick the parchment to the baking tray with a few dabs of meringue to prevent it from moving while piping.

          -place the tray on a damp towel to prevent the tray from moving while piping.

          -don’t open the oven door until it has completely cooled as the warm dry air inside helps to dry out the meringues without further cooking.

          -baked meringues will keep several days in an airtight container at room temperature.

          -add filling to the meringue nests when ready to serve or up to a couple hours in advance. Adding it more than a couple of hours ahead will cause the meringues to soften too much.

          Lemon Cream Mini Pavlovas sit on a white cake tray in the background while one is served on a while dessert plate and garnished with blueberries and mint.

          Lemon Cream Mini Pavlovas
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            Servings Prep Time
            8 people 30-40 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            80 minutes 1+ hours
            Servings Prep Time
            8 people 30-40 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            80 minutes 1+ hours
            Lemon Cream Mini Pavlovas
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              Servings Prep Time
              8 people 30-40 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              80 minutes 1+ hours
              Servings Prep Time
              8 people 30-40 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              80 minutes 1+ hours
              Ingredients
              Mini Pavlovas
              Lemon Cream
              Servings: people
              Instructions
              Mini Pavlovas
              1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking tray with parchment and mark out 8-3" circles. Flip parchment over.
              2. Combine egg whites and cream of tartar. Whip until soft peaks are starting to form. Gradually add sugar, about a tablespoon at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl and continue to whip on high speed until stiff and glossy, about 6-7 minutes using a stand mixer.
              3. Add vanilla and whip to combine.
              4. Sift cornstarch over the meringue and fold to combine.
              5. Fit a large piping bag with your desired tip, I used a Wilton 1M.
              6. Fill the piping bag with meringue and squeeze a dab of meringue onto the corners of the parchment to stick it to the baking tray. This will help keep the parchment from moving while you pipe. Place the baking tray on a slightly damp kitchen towel to prevent the tray from moving. Fill in the traced circle, creating a base. Continue to pipe along the edge of the base for two turns, creating a basket.
              7. Place the tray in the oven on the middle rack and immediately turn oven temperature to 225°F. Bake for 80 minutes, turn off the oven and allow meringues to remain undisturbed in the oven until completely cool. Meringues will be firm and hollow sounding with a slight bit of tackiness and chew in the bottom layer.
              Lemon Cream
              1. Combine all ingredients except butter in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens, about 7-8 minutes. Whisk in butter until smooth.
              2. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before covering with plastic wrap directly on the surface. Allow to cool completely and chill until ready to use.
              3. When ready to assemble pavlovas, which should be no more than 2 hours in advance, whip heavy cream until stiff. Fold whipped cream into lemon curd and fill meringues generously. Top with fresh blueberries and serve.
              Recipe Notes

              -Using egg whites at room temperature will result in more volume.

              -If unable to use castor or superfine sugar, simply grind regular granulated sugar in a mini coffee grinder for about 10 seconds.  Even this is not true castor sugar, it breaks down the sugar enough for better absorption into the meringue.

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              Chocolate Pots de Créme

              Chocolate Pots de Créme

              Chocolate Pots de Créme

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              Chocolate Pots de Creme in small white ramekins, garnished fresh raspberries and whipped cream.

               

              Love is in the air, and it’s time to celebrate the ones we love. As a foodie, I find there’s no better way than to share and indulge in a luscious chocolate dessert. Chocolate Pots de Crème is a decadent and indulgent spoonful meant to be eaten slowly, savouring every bite. Preferably with a tender kiss in between.

              These lovely baked chocolate custards are very simple to make but taste like you’ve spent hours labouring. Your Valentine is sure to be impressed!

              Ingredients for Chocolate Pots de Creme arranged on a small white platter on a dark background.

              Good quality chocolate, heavy cream and egg yolks make up the structure and the water bath baking ensures they bake gently, creating a smooth and creamy texture. They can be made in advance, leaving you plenty of time to spend with your sweetheart without the worry of fussing with food. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, I hope your day is filled with love…and chocolate!

              Other Valentine’s Day treats to share!

              Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

              Cinnamon Heart Cupcakes

              Chocolate Pots de Creme in small white ramekins, garnished fresh raspberries.

              Author:  Compelled to Cook, adapted from Epicurious

              Chocolate Pots de Créme
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                Servings Prep Time
                6 people 30 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                40 minutes 3+ hours
                Servings Prep Time
                6 people 30 minutes
                Cook Time Passive Time
                40 minutes 3+ hours
                Chocolate Pots de Créme
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  6 people 30 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  40 minutes 3+ hours
                  Servings Prep Time
                  6 people 30 minutes
                  Cook Time Passive Time
                  40 minutes 3+ hours
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: people
                  Instructions
                  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
                  2. Combine cream and milk in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate. Allow chocolate to sit for a few minutes and then stir until chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.
                  3. In a medium bowl whisk together egg yolks and sugar. Whisk in an approximate 1/4 cup of the chocolate mixture until combined, repeat with another 1/4 cup and then slowly whisk in the remaining hot mixture. Whisk in espresso powder and salt.
                  4. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and allow to sit for 10 minutes, then skim off any foam on the surface.
                  5. Pour evenly among six 3/4 cup ramekins. Arrange ramekins in a 9"x13" baking pan and add enough boiling water to come up the ramekins halfway. Cover entire pan with foil and bake on centre rack for approximately 40 minutes until the edges are set but centers still jiggle when shaken.
                  6. Remove from oven and remove custards from pan. Allow to rest for 10-20 minutes and then chill until cold, about 3 hours.
                  7. Serve with fresh raspberries and lightly sweetened whipped cream.
                  Recipe Notes

                  -If you do not use boiling water to start with the cooking time will be longer.

                  -You can also use good quality semi-sweet chocolate, however bittersweet results in a richer custard.

                  -Do not skip the straining as it ensures a smooth custard.

                  -Can be made up to 2 days in advance, covered and chilled.

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