Friday, 18 October 2013

Cheat's chocolate mousse (GF) (NF) (V)

Belated Eid Mubarak! This little dessert helped bring a little festive vibe into the house. This is a cheat's recipe which for us meant buying the vanilla custard ready made from the supermarket. Of course if you have certain food sensitivities then make sure the custard you get is suitable for your requirements. A typical custard is made using eggs, milk and/or cream with sugar so I think it would be unrealistic to find an egg free or dairy free version of this recipe. Some people like to add other flavours to this recipe such as orange zest and a little juice to give it that chocolate orange taste. If you don't have a nut allergy, then garnishing with crushed nuts just before serving would add a nice texture.

As this is a halal blog, I'm particularly happy that this recipe works because Cadburys keep advertising their 'pots of joy' on TV and when I checked the ingredients list, the pots contained pork gelatine (the same is true of Cadburys chocolate mousse which also lists pork gelatine as an ingredient)- so no joy pots for us then... but it doesn't matter, because this recipe is quite nice so you can make your own mousse anyway.

Gluten Free
Nut Free

100g dark chocolate (leave aside 5g chocolate shavings for garnish)
300ml double cream
200ml vanilla custard
2 teaspoons icing sugar

- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, then leave to cool slightly

- In a separate bowl, whip the double cream till you get soft peaks

- Stir icing sugar into the ready made vanilla custard, then stir into the melted chocolate till combined

- Fold in the cream until it's all mixed in, then spoon into espresso cups or ramekins

- Top the mousse with shaved bits of dark chocolate, then leave to cool in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before serving