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The Recipe for Romance

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, almost everyone’s attention will soon be turning towards gifts and tokens of appreciation. Cooking up delicious food is a tried and true way to let your other half know that you care; with this in mind our accommodation in the New Forest has put together a romantic recipe that you can borrow, shared with love from our fantastic Kitchen Team.

Harking Back

The tale of St Valentine dates back to the year 496 and nowadays exists  to honour the love you share with that special someone. Traditions vary around the world, but here at The Bell we think there’s nothing better than a romantic meal for two.

The Recipe of Love

There’s nothing more delicious than rich, warm chocolate. If you just nodded your head then our Chocolate Fondant is the perfect pudding for you! Keep reading to learn how to make it at home.


50g melted butter

cocoa/cacao powder, for dusting

200g dark chocolate (cut into small pieces)

200g butter (cut into small pieces)

200g golden caster sugar

4 eggs and 4 yolks

200g plain flour

Your choice of sauce, ice cream or double cream to serve


Get fondant moulds ready by coating all of the melted butter inside the moulds so they are heavily lined. Dust each mould with your cocoa/cacao powder by spooning in and tipping the mould to ensure the powder forms a fine coating over the butter. Tap any excess back into the pot.

Place a bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water, then slowly melt 200g of dark chocolate and 200g of butter together. Remove the bowl from the heat and stir until velvety and smooth. Leave to cool.

In a separate bowl whisk 4 eggs and 4 egg yolks together with 200g golden caster sugar until thick. Sift 200g plain flour into the eggs, then beat together.

Slowly pour the melted chocolate into the above mixture (make sure to beat well as you go!). The mixture should then form a cake batter.

Tip the fondant batter into an easy-to-pour jug and pour into each of the fondant moulds. Chill for at least 30 mins or up to the night before.

Heat oven to 200C and cook for 10-12 mins until the tops have formed a crust and they have started to come away from the side of the mould.

Take special care when getting the fondants out of their casing.

Serve however you like, – we like it best with a helping of clotted cream ice cream. Enjoy!

New Forest hotels like ours will always be here for you should you need some fuss-free feasting. Whether you’re a dab hand in the kitchen or a newbie who just wants to get stuck in, our Chocolate Fondant recipe has got all bases covered. Impress your loved one by following our easy to follow method and treat them to the perfect pudding.

If all else fails don’t worry – our accommodation in the New Forest is here to provide you locally sourced food including a range of delicious desserts. Book your  table here.