Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Cocoa Nests with Caramel Mousse

June 8, 2016 at 8:50 am | Posted in BWJ, groups, other sweet, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 7 Comments
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cocoa nests with caramel mousse

I’ve been on a chocolate tear here for the last few weeks.  I guess though that caramel is really the dominate flavor in Charlotte Akoto’s Cocoa Nests with Caramel Mousse.  And I guess I should actually call the “mousse” that I made “cream” since I totally dumbed down her mousse recipe and just made a caramel whipped cream.

The nests are decoratively piped cocoa meringues, dried to a crisp in a low oven.  I wanted to skip the gelatin and egg yolk bombe-based mousse in the recipe, so I just made a dry caramel (on the dark side) with a bit of sugar, poured in some cream and let it come up to a boil.  Then I chilled the mix for several hours before I whipped it like regular cream.  This is something I’ve made at the restaurant before, and it’s pretty freakin’ tasty.  It’s sweet though, and I knew the meringue nests would be, too, so instead of making the nut praline garnish, I just scattered some chopped toasted hazelnuts over the finished dessert.  This was a fun project and reminiscent of a pavlova.

 For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll


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  1. I’m not sure how dessert can get any better than this!!


  2. Yum! These look delicious! Looking forward to making them.

  3. This looks delicious!

  4. Love your adaptations and how you are not afraid to mix it up!

  5. These look delicious!
    Liebe Gruesse Monika

  6. Oh this looks spectacular!

  7. This is stunning! Beautifully styled.

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