Salted chocolate delice with coffee mousse and rum crème fraîche

About

A dessert of chocolate, coffee mousse and rum is sure to relieve the most persistent of post-prandial stupors. There are a few different elements to this chocolate delice recipe but the end product will be worth the effort.

Type: Dessert

Serves: 4

Ingredients

CHOCOLATE DELICE

  • 640g of 70% Amedei “chuao” chocolate, broken into small chunks
  • 400g of egg white
  • 120g of unsalted butter
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 20g of strong plain flour
  • 12.5g of sea salt

COFFEE MOUSSE

  • 125g of mascarpone
  • 250g of double cream, 50ml extra
  • 60g of egg white
  • 30g of caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 gelatine leaves, soaked in cold water
  • 5g of instant coffee granules, strong

CHOCOLATE CRACKLING

  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 50g of liquid glucose
  • 25ml of water
  • 75g of dark chocolate chips
  • RUM CRÈME FRAÎCHE
  • 200g of crème fraîche, good quality
  • dark rum

CHOCOLATE SAUCE

  • 40g of dark chocolate chips
  • 160ml of cream

Method

Step 1.

Preheat the oven to 110˚C/gas mark 1/2. Melt the chocolate in a bain marie. Add the egg, butter and sugar into a food processor and blend until light and creamy

Requires

  • 640g of 70% Amedei “chuao” chocolate
  • 120g of unsalted butter
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 400g of egg white
Step 2.

Add the warm chocolate to the egg mixture and continue to blend until smooth. Add the salt and flour and pulse to combine – be careful not to over mix

Requires

  • 20g of strong plain flour
  • 12.5g of sea salt
Step 3.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and pour on the delice mix, shaking the tray to ensure the mix is evenly distributed

Step 4.

 Place in the oven for 16 minutes. Turning the tray around after 8 minutes so that it cooks evenly. Remove and allow to cool and set until firm

Step 5.

Turn the delice out from the tray and slice into 10 x 3.5cm rectangles. Store in the fridge and remove 20 minutes before serving

Step 6.

For the coffee mouse, whisk the mascarpone in a large bowl to loosen and soften – this will make it easier to work with. Whisk the cream to soft peaks and place in the fridge until required

Requires

  • 125g of mascarpone
  • 250g of double cream

Step 7.

Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks, while slowly adding the sugar

Requires

  • 60g of egg white
  • 30g of caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 gelatine leaves

Step 8.

Place a small pan over a medium heat, add 50ml of extra cream and then the coffee, heat until both dissolve. Remove from the heat and stir in the softened gelatine until dissolved. Pour the coffee mixture into the mascarpone and mix well

Requires

  • 5g of instant coffee granules

Step 9.

Gently fold in the cream and then the meringue – do this by adding a 1/3 of each at a time – being careful to retain as much volume as possible. Place into a piping bag with a 1cm nozzle attached and store in the fridge until required

Step 10.

For the chocolate crackling, heat the sugar, glucose and water in a small pan. Use a sugar thermometer to bring the mixture to 160˚C. Add in the chocolate chips and stir gently to melt and combine

Requires

  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 50g of liquid glucose
  • 25ml of water
  • 75g of dark chocolate chips
Step 11.

While the mix is still warm, pour onto a tray lined with a silicone mat and leave to set. Once completely set, roughly break up and blitz in a blender to form a powde

Step 12.

Preheat the oven to 180˚C/gas mark 4. Sprinkle the chocolate powder to make 10 x 3.5cm rectangles and place back at 180˚C for 2-3 minutes or until melted together. Remove, allow to set and store in an airtight container until required

Step 13.

For the rum crème fraîche, combine the crème fraîche and rum to your taste in a bowl. Use an electric whisk until medium peaks form. This will take a little longer than whipping regular cream so be patient. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours before use

Requires

  • 200g of crème fraîche
  • dark rum
Step 14.

For the chocolate sauce, place the chocolate chips in a bowl and the cream in a small pan. Heat the cream to the boil, remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate. Gently whisk together until combined. Allow to cool and slightly thicken before use

Requires

  • 40g of dark chocolate chips
  • 160ml of cream
Step 15.

To serve, place a chocolate delice into the middle of each plate. Pipe the mousse into 2 long strips to cover the delice and smooth over with a palette knife – repeat for each delice

Step 16.

Arrange the chocolate crackling on top of the mousse. Use a hot spoon to quenelle the rum crème fraîche and sit each quenelle on top of the crackling. Drizzle the chocolate sauce around the outside of each plate and serve

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