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Strawberry Mousse.

The strawberry season is in a full swing. I love British strawberries, sweet, juicy, full of flavour, can’t get enough of them.  I made this strawberry mousse recently which has been an instant hit especially with the small people in our household. It must have something to do with a secret ingredient  they are quite partial to-marshmallows!

Easy and very delicious!

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Strawberry Mousse.
(makes 6 medium glasses)


300g fresh strawberries plus more to serve with
30g caster sugar
150g marshmallows
1tbs lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla ( paste, essence or a vanilla pod)
200ml double cream
100ml water

Quarter the strawberries and place them in a pan with the sugar and 100ml of water. Bring  to the boil and simmer for couple of minutes, strawberries should get slightly soft. Take it of the heat and liquidise it with a hand blender. Return to the low heat and add marshmallows, stirring continuously until all melted. Add the vanilla and lemon juice and set it aside to cool.

Whip the cream until just hold shape, ‘soft peak’, Do not over whip!

Fold the cream into the strawberry mix, pour into glasses and let it set in a fridge for an hour or so. Serve with more of delicious strawberries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Chocolate Terrine with a Pecan Nut Brittle.

If you are a true chocoholic this dessert is for you. It is rich and indulgent, made for a true chocolate lover. Pecan brittle takes it into another dimension with the crunchy caramel nut flavour. It is quick to prepare, however it  does need a couple of hours to chill in a fridge before you serve it.

I have rediscovered pecan nuts recently hence another recipe with this King of the nut and I am afraid there will be more to come as my pecan-mania continues.

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Dark Chocolate Terrine.
(I have used 24cm/9cm loaf tin)
  • 80g good quality dark chocolate broken into pieces
  • 80g golden syrup
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 heaped tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 175ml double or whipping cream
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tbs dark rum (optional)

Firstly  leave the butter out in the room temperature for at least couple of hours or longer, it has to be very soft (don’t use a microwave to do it believe me it does not work!).

Use  a few layers of cling film to line the tin and set it aside.

Place the chocolate and golden syrup in a heatproof bowl and either melt it over a pan of gently simmering water or this time I do use microwave on defrost setting to melt the chocolate gently. Meanwhile whisk the cream to soft peak (retains a shape but not over-whisked and grainy) and set it aside.

Only when all the chocolate has melted stir in the milk and cocoa powder. Lightly beat the egg and fold into the chocolate mix, add vanilla essence and optional cheeky rum.

Finally fold in the soft butter gently, I found a silicon spatula is the best. When the butter is all incorporated evenly gently fold the whisked cream. Fill the lined tin and chill until set.

Pecan Nut Brittle.
  • 50 g Pecan Nuts
  • 100g caster sugar

I have used a non stick small frying pan.

Begin with toasting the pecans in a frying pan on a low heat, it will make them more crunchy and releases the flavour, about five minutes should do the trick. You do not need any oil, just “dry” pan and keep moving them around so they absorb the heat but do not burn.

Add the caster sugar and on a very low heat let it melt gently. Keep a  watchful eye at all times as  sugar burns quickly. When all melted and golden colour pour the mix into silicon baking parchment or well oiled ordinary baking parchment and let it set. When set and hard brake it into pieces with the rolling pin and use immediately or store in an air tight container or a jar.

Sprinkle this crunchy heaven on the chocolate terrine. Great as a topping on your favourite ice cream as well.