Dark chocolate mousse with coffee cream and sablé biscuits

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Cannily disguised as an after dinner cappuccino, Pierre Koffmann's exquisite dessert features a rich coffee cream and intense dark chocolate mousse. Sablé biscuits add further decadence to this coffee and chocolate mousse recipe.

First published in 2015




Dark chocolate mousse

Sablé cookies

  • 400g of butter
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • 1 tsp double cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 500g of T45 flour, sifted
  • flour, for dusting

Coffee cream


  • Blender


To prepare the mousse, warm the chocolate, butter and coffee in a bain-marie to 45°C. Remove from the heat and whisk in the egg yolks until thoroughly combined and completely emulsified. Repeat the process with the warm water, adding in a steady stream
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites and sugar together to form a soft peak meringue. Gently fold the meringue mixture into the chocolate mixture, then pour into individual cups until 3/4 full. Allow to set in the fridge
To prepare the sablé biscuits, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Slowly add the cream and egg yolk to the butter mixture, then fold in the flour, being careful not to overwork the dough
  • 400g of butter
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • 1 tsp double cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 500g of T45 flour, sifted
Divide the dough in half, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge to rest until firm, for approximately 2 hours
Preheat the oven to 160-170°C/gas mark 3
Remove half of the dough from the fridge and allow to soften slightly, so the dough is not too hard. Roll the dough out on a smooth, floured surface to make a 1cm thick square. Transfer to a baking tray and chill in the fridge for approximately 20 minutes
  • flour, for dusting
Remove from the fridge and place in the oven for approximately 5 minutes, to pre-bake the dough. Remove from the oven, cut into 3 x 6cm rectangles, then return to the oven and bake for a further 5-10 minutes
Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool. The biscuits can be kept in an airtight container for up to 1 week, and any remaining dough can be frozen for up to 1 month
To prepare the coffee cream, blend together all of the ingredients - the mixture should resemble a very thick pouring cream. Once the mousse has set, pour over a layer of the coffee cream
Dust with cocoa or hot chocolate powder to finish and serve immediately with the sablé biscuits
First published in 2015

Pierre Koffmann's cooking is undeniably refined; classical yet humble, with provincial French touches grounding the skilful elegance of the food. Taking inspiration from his Gascon roots, Pierre artfully extracts extraordinary flavour from ordinary ingredients and cuts.

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