Individual hot chocolate and hazelnut mousse cake with pouring cream

Individual hot chocolate and hazelnut mousse cake with pouring cream

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Serves
6
Photographer
Peter Cassidy

This simple little dish contains no flour at all, so it’s the perfect dessert if you are gluten-intolerant or need it to be gluten-free. Make sure to serve it at room temperature or while it is still warm, as it will go very hard in the fridge because of its lack of flour.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
60g chopped toasted hazelnuts
200g dark chocolate
100g unsalted butter
4 eggs, separated
50g caster sugar
250ml pouring cream, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line the bases of a six-hole large muffin tin with discs of silicone paper.
  2. Blitz the toasted hazelnuts to a powder in a food processor or blender and set aside.
  3. Put the dark chocolate and butter in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water and heat until melted, stirring so that it doesn’t get too hot, then remove from the heat and cool slightly.
  4. Put the egg yolks into a bowl with half the sugar and set over the pan of simmering water. Whisk until thickened and pale in colour, then set aside.
  5. Make sure your bowl and whisk are very clean, free of grease and completely dry, as any water or grease will affect the meringue. Place the egg whites in the bowl and whisk with a food mixer or an electric whisk on high speed, to soft peaks. Add the remaining caster sugar, whisking until the mixture is smooth and glossy. You should hear the machine dropping down a gear as it gets to the correct consistency.
  6. Pour the melted chocolate mixture onto the egg yolks and mix to combine, then fold in the ground hazelnuts and half the whisked egg whites. Whisk well to combine, then carefully fold in the rest of the egg whites and divide equally between the muffin tins.
  7. Bake for 8–10 minutes, or until the surface is set – there should still be a wobble. Remove and cool slightly before turning out.
  8. Serve with pouring cream.
Tags:
Home Comforts
British food
classic recipes
indulgent
winter
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