Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry and Salted Chocolate Crumble

Ben Mariner
Chocolate mousse in a glass bowl on a table with sunflowers in the background
Serves Makes 5 glasses
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  • Prep time 15 mins
  • Cook time 25 mins
  • Passive time 15 mins
  • Ready time 55 mins

Layers of deliciousness all wrapped into one chocolatey crumble.

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Ingredients

For the raspberry and chocolate crumble

  • 75 g plain flour
  • 30 g cocoa powder
  • 7 g salt
  • 75 g caster sugar
  • 50 g muscavado sugar
  • 125 g ground almonds
  • 100 g melted vegan butter or margarine
  • 75 g freeze dried raspberry pieces (optional)

For the caramel layer

  • 15 g cornstarch
  • 130 g almond milk
  • 120 g sugar
  • 30 g vegan butter or margarine

For the mousse

  • 300 g soft tofu
  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 25 g cocoa powder
  • 70 g maple syrup
  • pinch of sea salt

Method

For the raspberry and chocolate crumble

Mix every dry ingredient in a bowl and add the melted vegan butter to bind the mix together.

Spread out evenly on a lined baking tray and cook at 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3 for 12-15minutes.

Once cooled add the raspberry pieces and set aside.

If you wish to prepare this in advance, the crumble can be stored in an airtight container for up to five days.

For the caramel layer

Mix the almond milk with the corn starch and warm up gently in a small pan until 50°C-60°C, set aside.

Heat the sugar in a pan on a medium heat until it reaches a light golden caramel, turn the heat to low and then slowly add the milk, whisking all the time until fully incorporated.

Once all the milk is in, bring the mix to the boil and whisk constantly for 1 minute (this will cook the cornstarch and thicken the mix)

Take off the heat, whisk in the butter until it is emulsified and set aside in a bowl to cool to room temperature.

For the mousse

Warm the chocolate gently in the microwave and stir with a spoon until melted.

Drain off the tofu and place it into a blender with all the other ingredients, blend until smooth.

Put to one side until you are ready to pour into the glasses (Do not store it in the fridge while you gather the other elements, it will become to firm to pour)

For the finishing touches

Start with pouring a small amount of mousse into the bottom of the glass and layer with the crumble, followed by another layer of mousse.

Place in the fridge to set for 15 minutes before topping with a spoonful of caramel and finishing with more crumble.

 

Additional notes

Recipe courtesy of Ben Mariner at The Online Pastry School.

The Online Pastry School is an online teaching platform for chefs and passionate bakers run by London pastry chef Ben Mariner.

The school, open since early 2019, showcases step by step recipes for desserts, chocolates and bakery items from top guests chefs and bakers in the capital. Ben also has a blog with the recipes for his latest creations, live webinars, a pastry dictionary to look up any unusual terms and one to one skype sessions where you can get any burning questions answered.

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