Dark chocolate mousse, poached agen prunes and Earl Grey tea ice cream

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Chocolate and prunes are a heavenly combination, and this dark chocolate mousse recipe works that combination to its advantage. Kevin Mangeolles adds Earl Grey ice cream to provide a creamy counterpoint to the rich prunes and chocolate. You can buy the dried orange powder online.

First published in 2015




Dark chocolate mousse

Poached prunes and purée

Chocolate and prune cake

Earl Grey tea ice cream

To plate


  • Food processor or blender
  • Fine sieve
  • Piping bag 1-2cm nozzle
  • Ice cream maker
  • Thermometer


For the poached prunes and purée, put all the ingredients in a pan, bring to the boil and then simmer for 20 minutes
Allow to cool, then remove the stones from the prunes. Place ½ the prunes in a container with the orange zest, cinnamon and tea bags and cover with enough syrup to submerge the prunes
Liquidise the rest of the prunes and syrup and pass through a sieve
Boil the water and sugar to 120°C, then pour over the whisked yolks and keep whisking until cold
Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water
Fold into the yolks then fold in the whipped cream. Put into a piping bag and chill
  • 185ml of whipping cream
For the chocolate and prune cake, preheat the oven to 150°C/Gas mark 2
Beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Then add the eggs and fold in the ground almonds, cocoa and 100g of the prune purée
Put onto a baking tray and bake for approx 45 minutes or until springy to the touch
Allow to cool and slice into rectangles around 1cm thick
For the Earl Grey tea ice cream, bring the milk to the boil with the tea bags
Mix the yolks and sugar and add the milk. Put in the pan and cook on a low heat until it thickens
Allow to cool and pass through a sieve. Put into an ice cream machine and churn, then put into the freezer until needed
To serve, place dots of the purée on the right hand side of the plate and the cake on the left hand side
Cut a prune in ½ and place on the cake, then pipe chocolate mousse in between the prune
Put another piece of chocolate cake on top and sprinkle with dried orange powder, then finish with a scoop of the ice cream
First published in 2015

Given the name of Chef Kevin Mangeolles’s restaurant – The Neptune, in Hunstanton, Norfolk – you’d be right to suspect that the chef has an affinity for quarry caught with net or hook.

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