French Chocolate Mousse

Only 2 ingredients are needed to prepare this delicious French chocolate mousse. No dairy products and no added sugar, all you need is dark chocolate and eggs. So simple and so tasty! The only downside is that you should allocate about 4 hours to chill the mousse before serving.

In small individual glasses, the chocolate mousse will be perfect for a cafe gourmand!

 

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French Chocolate Mousse
Use very fresh eggs and do not refrigerate the mousse for more than 24 hours. I recommend keeping the mousse in the freezer if it needs to be stored for an extended period of time.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate in microwave (or use a double boiler) until the chocolate is completely melted.
  2. Separate egg yolks from the egg whites. Add egg yolks in melted chocolate and mix well.
  3. Whisk egg whites with salt until stiff.
  4. Carefully fold the egg whites into chocolate using a spatula.
  5. You should have a uniform and well aerated mousse.
  6. Divide the mousse among individual glasses. Refrigerate your dessert for 4 hours.

Profiteroles With Vanilla Ice Cream And Chocolate Sauce

Profiteroles – French cream puffs filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce. Chocolate sauce on this profiteroles is the “live jazz”. Don’t let the long recipe scare you, it is very easy and worth all the time involved. It is a great dessert you can impress your family and friends with.

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Profiteroles With Vanilla Ice Cream And Chocolate Sauce
For chocolate lovers, use chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
mini puffs
Ingredients
Dough
Chocolate sauce
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
mini puffs
Ingredients
Dough
Chocolate sauce
Instructions
The dough
  1. Preheat oven to 390 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium pot, add water, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
  3. Add sifted flour and mix well.
  4. Mix until the dough comes away from the walls and forms into a ball.
  5. Add the eggs, one by one and mix well. (If the eggs are large, use only 3 eggs.)
  6. The dough should become smooth and shiny. Return saucepan back on the heat and keep mixing for about 30-50 seconds, to dry out the moisture. Remove from the heat.
  7. Transfer the dough to a piping bag to pipe specific shapes (size of the walnut is the best). Space the puffs slightly apart on the baking sheet, because the dough will rise.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the puffs are puffed and golden brown in color. Do not open the oven while baking. Remove from the oven, let it cool completely and carefully transfer to a flat surface.
Filling
  1. Cut puffs in half. Place one small scoop of ice cream ball on the bottom of each puff.
  2. Replace the top. As soon as you done, place them in the freezer, until they are ready to be served.
Chocolate souce
  1. In a small, saucepan bring milk to boil, remove from the heat and pour the liquid over the chocolate. Allow it to sit for 1 minute.
  2. Mix it until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Remove the profiteroles from the freezer. Arrange 3 puffs per plate. Drizzle each serving with chocolate sauce and Voilà! 😉 Bon appetite.

Lemon Shells Stuffed With Chocolate Ice Cream

I’m absolutely obsessed with these refreshing chocolate and lemon treats, served in the natural lemon shells. If you wish to serve them in a la cafe gourmand style, use small lemons, surprise your friends.

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Lemon shells stuffed with chocolate ice cream
It will be easier to work with lemon sorbet and chocolate ice cream if you will remove it from the frizzer 3 minutes before.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 hours
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 1 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut off the top of the lemon. Hollow out each lemon by using a teaspoon. Remove juice and flesh, but be careful not to puncture the lemon skin.
  2. Spoon some lemon sorbet into shells and press firmly with teaspoon. Fill the rest of the lemon with chocolate ice cream.
  3. Place stuffed lemons in the frizzer with the hats on top. You can serve this fancy dessert in as little as one hour, or when the lemon shells are completely frozen.

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles is one delicacy that no one can refuse. The roasted hazelnut compliments the rich cacao powder. Store the truffles in container in the fridge for up to 5 days, but they will disappear from the fridge a lot faster, trust me on this.

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Chocolat Hazelnut Truffles
If you don't have hazelnuts, feel free to use almonds, cashews, walnuts or any other nuts you like. Just don't forget to roast them in the oven before making the truffles. Fresh nuts taste way better.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Passive Time 3 hours
Servings
pieces
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Passive Time 3 hours
Servings
pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the nuts in an even layer on the baking sheet, and roast it for 10-15 minutes. Stirring every 3 minutes. Check the nuts. You are looking for the color to be a few shades darker. When the nuts are browned and smell nutty, remove from the oven and transfer onto a plate. Cool it and clean from the flakes. I like my truffles extra tiny, so I cut each hazelnut in half. You don't have to cut them if you are making large truffles.
  2. Bring the heavy cream to a boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate chips. Wait 1-2 minutes until chocolate melts.
  3. Whisk until smooth. Place it in the frizzer for about 2 hours, until firm enough to roll.
  4. Use a teaspoon or small cookie scoop to portion the ganache, hide one hazelnut inside each piece, roll the balls between hands, until smooth and place on a plate.
  5. Roll in cacao powder.
  6. Refregirate for at list 1 hour.

Fresh whipped cream with blackberries

Treat yourself with this mini dessert that is perfect for any occasion. It takes minimum time to make and looks fabulous. Fruits can be fresh or frozen, don’t worry : it will taste the same. This fresh whipped cream with blackberries will be perfect with a cafe gourmand!

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Fresh whipped cream with blackberries
The proportion for this recipe is for the mini glasses. If you are using regular wine glasses you'll get 2-3 servings.
Prep Time 7 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 7 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Whip very cold heavy cream fluffy, until soft peaks form, but not too firm.
  2. Equally divide washed fruits into prepared glasses. Using the piping bag or small spoon, equally spread the cream into the glasses. Refrigerate if not serving it immediately.
  3. Before serving, dust it with cacao powder.

Mini Pavlova

Pavlova is a dessert, named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who toured Australia and New Zealand in 1926. It is a meringue dessert with crisp crust and soft light inside, topped with cream and fresh berries.

You can make meringue shells ahead of time and freeze them. I usually make the cream the same day I want to serve my Mini Pavlova. And as always this dessert is a perfect mini dessert for my  Cafe Gourmand.

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Mini Pavlova
I rarely use food coloring when baking. I like my desserts to have their original color. But if you are cooking for Valentine's Day or for a Princess party, you may add some food coloring to your dessert. This time I used one tiny drop of red coloring to make the cream pink.
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Meringue
Cream
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Meringue
Cream
Instructions
Meringue
  1. Using mixer, begin beating your egg whites and salt on a low speed, steadily increasing up to medium high.
  2. While beating on a medium speed, slowly add the confectioner's sugar, about 1-2 Tbsp at a time. Once all the sugar is added, keep beating until the egg whites hold stiff peaks.
  3. Preheat oven to 230 degrees F. Draw circles of approximately 4-8 cm diameter (you can use a pint glass as a guide) on each of the parchment lined sheets.
  4. Spoon meringue into piping bag, fitted with 3/4 inch tip. Pipe meringue to cover circles on prepared baking sheet. Pipe two more rings of meringues on top of outer edge to form walls of Pavlovas.
  5. Bake in center of oven until dry and crisp, about 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Turn off the oven and let the meringues completely cool in the oven. Once cooled, you can top them with whipped cream and berries.
Filling
  1. With mixer, beat together very cold heavy cream and mascarpone cheese, until whipped gradually adding sugar. Add food coloring. Don't overbeat the cream, or you will end up with butter.
  2. Spoon cream into piping bag.
  3. Right before serving, pipe frosting on the pavlovas and top with fresh berries.
  4. If you have some leftovers cream, you can pipe it into a small glass and garnish with some fresh berries.
Recipe Notes

Pease don't waste your egg yolks, you can always make Creme brûlée.

 

Vanilla Creme Brulee

Absolutely amazing what a little cream, a little sugar and couple of eggs can turn into….  Perfect restaurant quality dessert. A rich custard topped with a hard layer of caramel.  This Vanilla creme brulee is very easy to make if you follow all the steps correctly.

It will perfectly complete your  cafe gourmand if the crème brûlée is served in small ramekins.

Look at this short video on a creme brulee “drama”! 🙂

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Vanilla Crème brûlée
Use vanilla extract instead of vanilla bean, if you don't have vanilla bean. You could add 2 Tbsp. of rum into the cream if desired. If you don't own a blow torch, you can always use your broiler as well. You will need to move the top rack in your oven up as high as it will go.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape the seeds into the cream. In a medium bowl, combine together sugar, eggs yolks, vanilla and whisk.
  2. Add the cream a little at a time and stir. Remove the scum with a tea spoon.
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and pour it into the ramekins. Divide cream mixture among ramekins (about 6 ramekins).
  4. Arrange the ramekins in a baking pan with deep sides. And carefully pour water around ramekins so that the water level must reach about 2/3 of the ramekins.
  5. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. You will know its ready when the custard is wobbly and jiggle from side to side when nudged (it looks like jello).
  6. Remove the custard from the water bath and let cool completely, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 hours (overnight).
  7. Before serving, cover each cold creme brulee evenly with sugar (1 tsp). Caramelize using a propane torch. If you don't have one propane torch, use the broiler: put the oven rack about 6 inches away from the broiler. Place the custards on the baking sheet and broil for about 3-5 minutes, or until sugar bubbles and turns golden brown. (Keep a close eye on them, they can burn quickly)
Recipe Notes

With remaining eggs white, you could make some Coconut cookies.

Easy Madeleines

Very light, fluffy and tasty French cookies.  I’m not sure if anything beats these madeleines, but I’m very positive that nothing beats a fresh homemade one. Classic small sponge cakes shaped like seashell, usually made with lemon zest. I love lemon, but I decided not to add any to my madeleines. I just like them plain.

You can find molds for mini-madeleines. That’s really nice and you can savor them for a cafe gourmand.

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Madeleines
To make an authentic madeleine, you will need a madeleine pan. But you can use a muffin pan or any cake pan.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl combine eggs and sugar. Whip until light. Add milk and mix well.
  2. Carefully fold in the flour, baking powder and pinch of salt.
  3. Add melted butter and mix throughly until smooth. Let the batter rest in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter madeleine pan. My pan makes 12 cookies at a time. From this receipe you'll make 24 cookies.
  5. Spoon batter into the prepared molds, filling 3/4 full. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden and the tops spring back. Remove the madeleines from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes.
  6. With a knife or fork carefully loosen the madeleines from the pan and then tip the whole pan out to a prepared plate.
  7. If you want to make it in a loaf pan, it will take much longer, about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake come out clean.

Coconut Cookies with Hazelnuts

Very light, melting in your mouth, these coconut cookies are made from shredded coconut and crushed hazelnuts. Works perfectly for gluten free diet. You may want to double the recipe, as one batch never seems to be enough, and freeze the leftovers in a plastic container.

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Coconut cookies with hazelnuts
You can use walnuts or pecans.
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 340 degrees F.
  2. Combine egg whites and salt in a large bowl. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form. Add sugar, one tablespoon at a time, beating at high speed until stiff peaks form.
  3. Gently fold in coconut and hazelnut.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto 2 baking sheets covered with parchment paper. Garnish each cookie with half hazelnut. I bake one baking sheet at a time, for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and try if the cookie is ready. Cool for about 3 minutes and transfer them onto the serving plate.

Three Layer Chocolate Mousse

Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate… Each layer has different taste and texture. You can use any size glasses you desire. And of course, as always, I choose mini portions. Ideal for a Cafe Gourmand.

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Three layer chocolate mousse
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Dark chocolate ganache
Milk chocolate mousse
White chocolate mousse
For garnishing
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
serving
Ingredients
Dark chocolate ganache
Milk chocolate mousse
White chocolate mousse
For garnishing
Instructions
Dark chocolate ganache
  1. In a small pan, boil the heavy whipping cream. Pour the boiling cream over the dark chocolate. Wait for one minute and mix it until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Divide dark chocolate ganache among six glasses. Refrigerate for one hour.
Milk chocolate mousse
  1. Separate egg yolks from the egg whites.
  2. Melt milk chocolate in microwave until the chocolate is completely melted. Add egg yolks in melted chocolate and mix well.
  3. Whisk egg whites with salt until stiff.
  4. Carefully fold in the egg whites into chocolate.
  5. Remove glasses from the fridge, spoon the mousse over the chocolate gonache and chill for another hour.
White chocolate mousse
  1. Bring the heavy whipping cream to a boil. Pour the hot cream over the white chocolate. Wait 1-2 minutes until white chocolate melts.
  2. Whisk until smooth. Place white chocolate in the fridge for about 45 minutes. Chocolate should chill completely but at the same time still liquid.
  3. Beat the chilled chocolate until soft foam.
  4. Using piping bag or small spoon, spread the mousse into the glasses.
  5. Refrigerate your dessert for 4-6 hours.
  6. Before serving, garnish each glass with fresh berries. If the portion is mini, you can cut raspberries into 2 pieces.
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