PIURA CHOCOLATE MOUSSE WITH TERRI MERCIECA, HAPPY ENDINGS
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Terri’s ice cream sandwiches have reached cult status in London — from Yard Sale Pizza to Top Cuvée, they have become a go-to at our most flavor-first restaurants.
It’s no accident, with Terri totally committed to sourcing only the best ingredients for her firecracker recipes. A seasoned chocolatier, she exclusively uses Original Beans, which she dubs ‘ethical, life-changing, delicious’.
It’s the Piura 75% Original Beans Chocolate that gives Terri’s Chocolate Mousse its fruity flavor. Bright, with hints of lime, raspberry, and pecan, the Original Beans team discovered the exceptionally rare white cacao bean along Peru’s coastal desert. Now, they work with local growers and organizations to preserve this variety and the people and habitats that make cultivation possible.
Piura Chocolate Mousse with Honeycomb
500g crème anglaise (see below)
350g 75% Original Beans Piura Chocolate
500g whipped cream
For the crème anglaise (500g):
210g double cream
150g caster sugar
100g egg yolks (about 5 egg yolks)
For the honeycomb:
130g caster sugar
½ tbsp bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
1. Weigh out all your ingredients. It is quite a fast recipe and you want to be ready.
For the honeycomb:
2. Butter the base and sides of an 8-inch non-stick square cake tin, or line with baking parchment.
3. Heat the sugar, honey, and salt, stirring with a spatula to ensure even caramelization until the mixture is a deep golden color or around 290 degrees.
4. Turn off the heat and immediately add the baking soda, mixing vigorously until it’s all absorbed and the mixture is foaming.
5. Quickly pour into the tin, taking care as the mixture will be very hot.
6. Leave to cool for 1-1.5 hours until the honeycomb sets hard. It will continue to bubble in the tin as it cools. When cool, break into chunks.
7. To make the Crème Anglaise, add the milk and cream to a medium saucepan.
8. In a separate bowl place the egg yolks, and caster sugar, and mix with a whisk straight away.
9. Heat the cream and milk to just before the boil, then pour a little onto the egg/ sugar mix, before adding it all.
10. Whisk together and pour the combined mixture back into the pan over a low-ish heat to cook the custard out. Stir continuously (do not leave and do not boil) until it thickens (coats the back of the spoon) or reaches 175 degrees.
11. Remove from heat and pass through a sieve and whisk to help remove some of the residual heat, as this will prevent the eggs from overcooking.
12. Pour the hot custard onto the chopped up chocolate and let sit for about a minute to help the chocolate melt, before stirring to combine, then whisk the whipping cream to soft peaks.
13. Fold this gently into the chocolate custard using a whisk, until it is gloriously chocolatey and smooth and silky. Don't be alarmed that it will be quite runny at this stage - it will set I promise!
14. Pour into your chosen serving dish (either small pots or a few sharing bowls) and allow to cool to room temperature. It works better if you allow it to set slowly, first at room temp then in the fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours.
15. Once set, decorate with the honeycomb, whipped double cream and cocoa nibs.
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