Chocolate and Nut Trifle with Raspberries
A light chocolate mousse with deep and intense flavours. Served on a base of almond and dates and topped with pistachios and raspberries. Creating the mousse is a bit more advanced but should be no problem if you carefully follow the instructions. If you want to play it safe we suggest trying it with other 70% dark chocolate before Christmas day. While it’s possible to use a hand blender, a food processor will make this a lot easier.
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This recipe uses aquafaba (a.k.a chickpea water when draining them). Make sure to check if there's enough in the can. In the supermarket, compare the mentioned weight and drained weight for an indication.
With the remaining chickpeas you can make a tasty hummus or serve them roasted on the side of one of the main dishes.
The soy whipping cream is added to provide a little more stability, which can be hard if you create a mousse from 100% aquafaba. Check if they have special whipping style soy cream at your supermarket.
Easily stored almost ready in the fridge. Add raspberries and pistachios just before serving.
Take with you in the glasses, and in separate containers the raspberries and pistachios. Add them once you have arrived at your destination.
besides regular cooking and frying pans, and cutting knives
Hand blender (or food processor)
6 servings - 6 glasses
Aquafaba (from chickpeas)
Soy whipping cream
Chocolate (Original Beans 70%)
a few drops
- Drain chickpeas and save aquafaba
- Chop almonds
- Remove pit (if needed) and chop dates
- Defrost raspberries (1h before serving)
- Chop pistachios
30 min + 30 min fridge
For the bottom layer, blend almonds, dates and butter into a soft crumble
preferably use a food processor or if not available a hand blender and a high bowl
Divide almond-date mix among 6 glasses
Use a handmixer to whisk soy whipping cream to stiff peaks
until you can hold the bowl upside down and the cream remains ~4 min
Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water (don’t let the bowl touch the water) and stir until chocolate is melted
switch heat off once water simmers ~5 min, put aside and let the chocolate cool down to room temperature once melted
Clean another bowl and the hand mixer with kitchen towel and a few drops of lemon juice
this removes the remaining fattiness so the aquafaba stiffens well
Use a hand mixer to whisk aquafaba to stiff peaks
mix as stiff as possible, at least until you can create peaks which keep their form ~5 min
Add vanilla aroma and sugar gradually while mixing
Add melted chocolate to the whipped soy cream gradually
use a spatula to gently fold to combine
Add aquafaba to the chocolate cream mix and gently fold with a spatula to combine
do not worry if your fluffy mixture deflates a bit once all of the aquafaba has been added – that’s perfectly normal – but you should still see plenty small bubbles in the mixture.
Divide among the glasses and put in the fridge
chill for at least ~30 min
Top with the raspberries and pistachios to serve
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