Dark Chocolate Paté

Yield: enough for 2 to share


  • 8 oz of the very best 70% dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup 35% whipping cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or 1 Tablespoon of Grand Marnier


  1. Gently heat the cream and vanilla seeds and vanilla pod in a small saucepan.
  2. When the mixture simmers, turn off the heat and add the chopped chocolate.
  3. Stir with a wooden spoon until the chocolate has completely melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy.
  4. Should the mixture begin to separate, to appear curdled, simply stir in a spoonful or two of cold cream and continue gently stirring until the mixture smoothes out again.
  5. Pour into a small festive serving bowl and refrigerate until set.
  6. Serve with graham crackers, biscotti or fruit.