Chocolate Blackberry Filo Cups

This post was created in partnership with Guylian. You know I love a good chocolate dessert, and as things start to get cooler and thoughts turn to cosy dinners I’ve got the perfect, make-ahead dessert for when you have friends over for supper that, as usual, looks way more impressive than the amount of effort that went into it!

Meet my Chocolate Blackberry Filo Cups: crisp, thin pastry baskets filled with a tangy chocolate cream, mouthwatering juicy blackberries (both as a garnish and hidden in the middle) and a crown of one of Guylian’s delicious chocolate praline seashell truffles? I can’t wait to serve these to guests this autumn.

These filo cups are a revelation: all you need to assemble them is melted butter, shop bought filo pastry (even Mary Berry thinks life is too short to make your own!) and a non-stick muffin tin. It’s messy work assembling them, your fingers will get absolutely covered in melted butter, but just look at them! I use unsalted butter for sweet fillings and salted butter for savoury ones. And then, it is just a matter of piping in the filling using a disposable piping bag with the end cut off.

I’ve made these with blackberries because of the season (can you believe my parents grew these big plump beauties?) but of course you can also make these chocolate filo cups with other fruit: raspberries would be the obvious choice, but small strawberries would also be a great choice – just go with whatever is available to you, and don’t forget the sea shell – the praline filling adds a level of complexity to the dessert that elevates it to something special!

Can you believe that they only contain 6 ingredients??

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Chocolate Blackberry Filo Cups

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 9 1x
  • Category: Dessert

Description

These easy Chocolate Blackberry Filo Cups are so easy to make, and are best served to guests as an elegant dessert with their cheesecake-inspired, hidden blackberry chocolate cream and chocolate truffle garnish.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 100g (3.5 oz) unsalted butter
  • 6 large sheets filo pastry (approx. 1/2 pack)
  • 90g (3 oz) dark chocolate
  • 120g (4 oz) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 60g (2 oz) full fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 300g (10 oz) plump blackberries
  • Guylian sea shell truffles, to decorate 

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees (400 fahrenheit). 
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat.
  3. Working a sheet at a time, halve each sheet and layer each half, brushed with butter to create a stack of four half sheets. Brush the insides of 9 holes of the muffin tin with butter and press each stack inside, creating a little cup – you may need to squish some of the sides down depending on the size of your pastry sheets. Don’t brush the top layer or inside of the cups with butter as this will make your cups greasy! 
  4. Using a fork, pierce clear holes in the bottom of each cup to stop them puffing up in the oven – but don’t worry if this happens, while they’re still warm you can press the middles down again with a dessert spoon.
  5. Bake the cups for 8-10 minutes until golden. The moment they’re cool enough to touch, transfer them to a wire rack lined with kitchen paper to soak up any additional butter to cool.
  6. While the cups are cooling, gently melt the chocolate in a glass bowl set over a small amount of simmering water (don’t let the water touch the bowl!) over a medium heat. Once the chocolate has melted, set it aside to cool.
  7. With a wooden spoon in a large bowl, beat together the mascarpone and cream cheese until combined. Drizzle in the cooled chocolate and beat until just combined. Transfer the chocolate cream to a disposable piping bag.
  8. Snip just over 1 cm off the bottom of the bag and pipe a single layer in the bottom of each filo case. Place a blackberry in the middle of each, then pipe the rest of the chocolate cream over the top of each one into elegant peaks.
  9. Garnish each filo case with another blackberry and a Guylian seashell truffle before serving.

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