Melt our hearts: Sue Quinn’s chocolate recipes

Rich, indulgent, delicious… these sumptuous treats from award-winning food writer Sue Quinn are a chocolate lover’s – and Valentine’s Day – dream.

Whipped Mexican-style hot chocolate with cinnamon and almonds

This is my version of a Oaxacan hot chocolate. The chocolate mix keeps well in a sealed jar inside a cool cupboard.

Mexican-style hot chocolate
Yuki Sugiura

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Arabian nights coffee chocolate cake with rose-scented ganache

The flavours of the Middle East work gorgeously with cocoa. I’ve combined cardamom-infused Turkish coffee and the flavours of Turkish delight in an intense chocolate cake.

coffee chocolate cake
Yuki Sugiura

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Salted honey, pear and chocolate tarte tatin

Salty chocolate-enriched caramel, roasted pear, crisp pastry and walnuts fuse into something completely delicious.

honey, pear and chocolate tarte tatin
Yuki Sugiura

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Rye chocolate brownie and peanut butter cookie sandwiches

These luscious cookie sandwiches are a homage to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

chocolate peanut butter cookie sandwiches
Yuki Sugiura

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Salvador Dali-inspired flourless chestnut, chocolate and rum cake

This gorgeously gooey flourless cake was inspired by ‘Chocolate with Rum’, a recipe in Salvador Dalí’s fantastical cookbook Les Dîners de Gala. There’s nothing surreal about this very rich cake, which makes an excellent and easy dessert.

flourless chocolate rum cake
Yuki Sugiura

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Chocolate, banana and hazelnut galette

This is a quick and delicious dessert you can make from pantry ingredients. Perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a cloud of whipped cream on top.

chocolate, banana and hazelnut galette
Yuki Sugiura

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Chocolate mousse with sesame honeycomb and olive oil

This combination is outrageously good. Add the best chocolate and olive oil you can afford.

chocolate mousse
Yuki Sugiura

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Chocolate and tahini spread

My version of chocolate spread contains tahini, a glorious paste made from ground sesame seeds. I love the savoury edge it imparts to chocolate.

Chocolate tahini spread
Yuki Sugiura

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Cocoa
Our recipes are from Cocoa: An Exploration of Chocolate, With Recipes by Sue Quinn, which is published by Quadrille, price £25. To order a copy for £22 until 28 February, go to mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3308 9193. Free p&p on orders over £15.