You have the perfect excuse to eat chocolate. It’s International Chocolate Day this Friday 13th September, we bring you a truly beautiful dessert from the very best – world-renowned Superchef Raymond Blanc OBE. In a twist to a traditional crumble, Raymond Blanc suggests placing the crumble under, rather than over the filling, giving a fantastic texture.

Serves: 8-10


For the crumble:

35g Butter, unsalted, cold
35g Sugar, Demerara
1 small pinch Salt
30g Flour
1½ tsp Cocoa powder

For the chocolate cream:

1 Egg, medium, organic or free range
90ml Cream, whipping
150ml Milk, full fat
155g 70% good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped 2cm pieces


For the crumble:

Preheat the oven to 170°C.

Line an oven tray with greaseproof paper and place an 18cm tart ring on it.

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together and, using your fingertips, rub the butter into the mixture until it resembles a coarse breadcrumb texture.

Sprinkle the crumble evenly into the tart ring and press down lightly.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

For the chocolate cream:

In a separate bowl crack the egg and lightly whisk to loosen it.

In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the cream and milk to the boil. Pour onto the beaten egg and whisk. While the mixture is still hot, add the chocolate and stir gently until smooth. It is important that the cream and milk are boiling as you add it to the beaten eggs, as this will partially cook them, making it safe to eat and will also help to set the dessert as it cools.

Pour into the mould on top of the crumble base and leave to set in the fridge for at least 6 hours.

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