( highest cocoa content possible)
sponge cakes, cut to the size of the ramekins
( or cherry brandy or black cherry juice, or fresh orange juice)
dark mixed fruit
( rasberrys, blackcurrants, mulberries, blackberries, etc)
( Optional, to serve)
( , Optional, to serve)
( or agar agar, not sure on the proportion though)
- In a heavy based pan place the fruit, the water and 2 Tbsp Brandy (or juice, if you prefer).
- Heat until just under boiling, add sugar and Cornflour, stir and boil for 5 minutes.
- Reduce heat if too much liquid is evaporating.
- In 4 small Ramekin dishes, place the sponge cake and drench in brandy (Use a fresh fruit juice if you dont want to use alcohol, but use less).
- Cover with the"jam" you have just made.
- Set aside and refrigerate when cool.
- Break chocolate into a glass bowl and heat over a Bain Marie until it melts, remove from heat and place on a damp cloth so you can beat the mixture without it slipping around.
- Beat the egg yolks and add them to the chocolate, beating thoroughly until it is homogenized.
- Add kirsch, brandy or juice and beat again.
- Leave to cool for 15 minutes.
- Beat up the egg whites till the soft peak stage, then fold them into the chocolate mixture.
- Spoon the mousse over the chilled sponge and jam in the ramekins.
- Cover with foil and chill for at least 2 hours (or if your in a hurry shove'em in the freezer for 20 minutes and then put them in the fridge, not as nice but ok in an emergency).
- To serve add a dollop of whipped cream and some shaved chocolate.