Chocolate Mousse with Salted Caramel Sauce and Chocolate Dirt
I've been sitting here for five minutes trying to think of some witty, intriguing little tale to put in this post that will somehow segue seamlessly into talk of rich gooey chocolate caramel goodness.
But I really can't think of anything. My mind is a blank. I'm only writing this because I need to write something. Anything. It reminds me of when I was a tutor at University marking exam essays. Those who knew the answer would be so desparate just to get it all out in time their writing would be a scribble. Those who were clueless would write down all kinds of rubbish with exacting neatness just for something to do. This typing is copperplate!!
So anyway I guess I can just tell you about this dessert. It is a chocolate mousse with a salted caramel sauce and chocolate dirt. It is really really good. Just delicious in fact.
And it's not too tricky to make. The chocolate dirt is just a mix of ground almonds, sugar, cocoa and a little butter. It adds a wonderful crunch and texture. The chocolate mousse is chocolate mousse one of the easiest desserts out there. Making caramel is a bit more challenging but well worth the effort. If the sauce ends up too thick, not to worry, just add a splash more cream.
The recipe comes from one of my favourite TV shows the Cook and the Chef. There's also a coffee foam to go with it, but detesting coffee I ignored it.
I suggest ignoring both of the chocolate mousse recipes in this link. Who can be bothered mucking around with algae. As if life is not hard enough. And I see no way in which the one using chocolate and hot water could work. Just use a bog standard recipe. I think a soft aearated mousse made with egg whites is best (which is what I have used here), but it would also work well with a firm mousse. Unless you like little chocolate puddles, allow the caramel sauce to cool to just warm before plating up.
Well what do you know here's a post, whoo hooo!!