We’ve had a lovely week this week with my little brother up for a visit. He lives 2000 kms away and it’s just too far! It was so good to get to spend some time with him again. I wanted to make him a special dessert, so after playing with a few different ideas, I decided on chocolate mousse. If in doubt, always choose chocolate! And just to make sure it wasn’t dull and boring, I thought I’d add some blueberries and chocolate ‘dirt’.
I’ve never actually seen any recipes for chocolate dirt (although I’m sure they’re there), and I was in a hurry, so I made my own up. I figured it would be good made out of dried blueberries, my homemade dark chocolate, Rapadura and almonds. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any dried blueberries or homemade chocolate on hand, and after a busy day I only had half an hour left to invent my dessert, so I frantically dug the Lindt blueberry chocolate out of the freezer (where I’d been hiding it!) and used that instead. (I always seem to work best to a deadline!) And everyone was kind enough to wait for dinner until I’d gotten the mousse whipped up and popped in the freezer to set. They were all glad they’d waited.
Here’s what I did.
First I made the ‘dirt’:
- 50g Rapadura
- 50g raw almonds
- 50g blueberry Lindt chocolate
- Grind up the Rapadura in the Thermomix to make it fine, about 30 seconds on speed 9.
- Add raw almonds, blueberry Lindt chocolate and grind on speed 9 for a few seconds, until 'dirt' consistency.
- Set aside in a bowl, clean out Thermomix jug.
Then I made the dairy free chocolate mousse with this recipe.
Now to put it all together.
I put a handful of blueberries in each dish…
…added a good sprinkle of chocolate blueberry almond dirt…
…then poured over the chocolate mousse. I put all the dishes on a tray in the freezer so they’d set while we ate dinner. When it was time for dessert, I got them out (they were perfectly set – took about an hour), sprinkled each one with chocolate dirt, and topped them with a blueberry each.
So, so good.
My brother told his friend (who was having dinner with us) that my desserts are ‘so healthy you can eat them for breakfast’! Which I think scared his friend a bit, and he said he really wasn’t very hungry… but after tasting it he must have changed his mind, because the whole thing disappeared quite quickly!
And I’m not so sure about this one being healthy enough for breakfast – it might be a bit rich with the Lindt chocolate and all. But I think if I found one hiding in the fridge tomorrow morning I would try my best to eat it.