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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Chocolate, Praline and Ganache Mousse

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Craving chocolate? Then this is for YOU!
It's a little cake/mousse layered dessert with a surprise crunch in the middle. It was created by Hans Schweitzer, head chef at Cotto restaurant in Cambridge, for the TV show Britain's Best Dish: The Chefs.
Although I didn't watch the whole series, this recipe made it to the semi-final and seemed like one I could make at home with just a couple of changes. Everyone raved over it and I'll definitely be making it again.

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The crunchy roasted hazelnut discs, waiting for the chocolate ganache mousse

You can find the recipe here: chocolate, praline and ganache mousse.
It consists of 5 easy to make layers. At the bottom is a thin chocolate sponge cake, then chocolate praline mousse, a crunchy roasted hazelnut disc, chocolate ganache mousse, and it's topped off with a chocolate disc.
My changes to the recipe: I left out the cocoa beans in the chocolate sponge layer and didn't use any gelatine or eggs in the praline mousse.

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24 comments:

Debs @ The Spanish Wok said...

This looks sooooo yummy, I want it now!

Ben said...

Beautiful and it sounds delicious

Fuss Free Helen said...

That is stunning!

I was just wondering today where you were. But the post was worth waiting for.

More blogging please!

H x

Katie said...

Wow looks fabulous and so elegant. Pleased you left out the gelatine, I hate that in products! There is no need for it either as creamy things usually set after a chill in the fridge. Looks divine!!

raquel@eRecipe.com said...

My stomach is growling at your yummy dessert. Geez!.... it looks soooo delicious! =)

Choclette said...

How very elegant and it sounds so delicious too. I'm always terrified of recipes like these, but it looks as though it might be worth the effort ;-)

Jacqueline said...

Oh wow, that really is stunning.

Haley Manson said...

I've got goose bumps the moment I see this dessert. ^^

MyFudo™ said...

Just reading the ingredients make me really excited...hazelnuts, chocolate...Yum!A must try!

Deeba PAB said...

Have you been missing, or have I missed seeing your posts. Gosh, this is tunning good Nic. I know you love everything chocolate and I'm glad you do. MUST MAKE THESE! I even have the rings from my little shop in Old Delhi. These are absolutely stunning!
Big HUGS my friend. I miss you!

Deeba PAB said...

Oh forgot one more thing. Would you be good enough to mail me your changes? I like the idea of no egg...
Gracias!

Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce said...

What a gorgeous dessert, you've decorated it so elegantly. Lovely variety of textures.

Jan said...

That looks amazing - I'm not letting Paul see it or he'll have me attempt to make it!

grace said...

so impressive, nic! i love, love, love layered desserts, especially when chocolate is the main ingredient. :)

Lannie said...

wow this looks so luscious and decadent. such a beautiful picture!

if i wasn't before, i'm definitely craving chocolate now!

sophiesfoodiefiles said...

Waw, what a truly amazing & appetizing cake!
A truly wonderful cake!

Maggie said...

They look so professional, I would pay to eat these!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Wow! This looks super glamorous! I thought it was a Daring Bakers' entry at first! Love the layers and flavours.

Katia said...

This looks so heavenly and well executed... I really love it!

Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet said...

Why yes I am craving chocolate, how did you know? :) Looks great! I just pinned so I won't forget about it! Sounds incredible!!! Wish I had some right now!

Jacqueline@HowtobeaGourmand said...

Nic,
This is simply heaven on a plate. The ingredients are divine and the finished article is so stunning!
Thanks for sharing!

Alice said...

Hi,

this looks delicious! Do you think it could be made into a cake, instead of individual servings?

Nic said...

Hi Alice, thanks for your comment!
I'm sure you probably could make one cake instead of small ones. You would have to cover the top in very cool ganache though, instead of using a large chocolate disc which would break, I think.
Not too sure about pouring the praline disc mixture in the middle onto the mousse, it's quite firm - but you could do it as for the individual ones and then break it up and layer over the middle.
Good luck!

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