Sheep’s yoghurt mousse and pandan sponge with caramelised puffed rice

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This sheep's yoghurt mousse recipe - in all its heavenly pandan and lemon glory - is patisserie at its finest . It's on the menu at Yauatcha, where customers delight in Graham Hornigold's knack for combining traditional French techniques with East Asian flavours. This may not be one to try at home for the novice baker. However, have a go at some of the individual elements - the pandan sponge and butter cream offers a wonderful introduction to this unusual ingredient.

First published in 2015




Lemon curd

Lemon sablé

Sheep’s yoghurt mousse (bavarois)

Yoghurt glaze

Sheep’s yoghurt piping cream

Pandan sponge

  • 0.6g of pandan essence
  • 1 egg
  • 68g of caster sugar
  • 34g of whipping cream
  • 64g of soft flour, sieved
  • 1g of baking powder
  • 1/2 lemon, zested
  • 23g of unsalted butter, melted

Pandan buttercream

To garnish


  • Food mixer
  • Sugar thermometer
  • Piping bag and nozzle
  • 7cm round cutter
  • 28 x 18 x 5cm baking tray
  • 30mm demi-sphere moulds
  • 70mm demi-sphere moulds
  • Piping bag with Mont Blanc nozzle


To start the dessert, make the lemon curd. Whisk together the lemon juice, sugar, yolks and whole eggs in a heatproof bowl until combined. Soak the gelatine in cold water until soft
Place over a bain marie and cook, stirring constantly, until the curd reaches 83°C. Squeeze any excess liquid out of the gelatine and whisk into the curd until completely dissolved
Remove from the heat and gradually whisk in the diced butter. Blitz with a hand blender until smooth, transfer to a piping bag and fill 12 x 30mm demi-sphere moulds with the curd. Refrigerate to set. These will be turned out and inserted into the larger demi-sphere moulds when constructing in step 11
Now make the lemon sable. Lightly beat the butter, zest, sugar and salt in a food mixer until just combined. Slowly add the yolks, mixing on a gentle speed until smooth. Mix in the flour to form a smooth dough
Refrigerate and rest for 30-45 minutes, then use a rolling pin or laminator to create an even sheet 3mm in thickness. Cut out rounds of the biscuit dough with a 7cm cutter
Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3
Place the cut-outs onto silicone baking mats or lined baking trays, and bake for 12-14 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven, allow to cool and brush with cocoa butter to seal
To make the sheep’s yoghurt mousse, warm half of the sheep’s yoghurt in a pan with the caster sugar. Soak the gelatine in cold water until soft, then add to the pan and stir to dissolve
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the sheep’s milk powder and whipping cream to form soft peaks
  • 15g of sheep’s milk powder
  • 100g of whipping cream
Add the remaining yoghurt to the yoghurt and gelatine mix, stirring to combine, then add the lemon juice. Gently fold in the whipped cream to finish
To build the bavarois, half-fill each demi-sphere mould with the sheep’s yoghurt mousse. Press in a lemon curd insert and a cooked lemon sable biscuit. Fill the mould until full with a little more mousse, then place into the freezer overnight. Ensure you reserve a small amount of the mousse to act as a glue for constructing the spheres in step 23
To make the yoghurt glaze, place the mirror glaze into a pan and bring to the boil. Meanwhile, soak the gelatine in cold water until softened
  • 50g of mirror glaze
  • 2.4g of gelatine
Squeeze the excess liquid out of the gelatine, add to the boiling mirror glaze and mix well to completely dissolve. Pour over the yoghurt in a heatproof bowl and use a hand blender to blitz until very smooth. Cover and refrigerate until required
To make the sheep's yoghurt piping cream, simply whisk together the ingredients to soft peaks and set aside in the fridge
Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3
To make the pandan sponge, place the eggs and caster sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk together until light and fluffy
  • 1 egg
  • 68g of caster sugar
Mix the whipping cream into the egg mixture, then fold in the sieved flour, baking powder and lemon zest. Finally, mix in the melted butter and pandan extract
  • 34g of whipping cream
  • 64g of soft flour, sieved
  • 1/2 lemon, zested
  • 23g of unsalted butter, melted
  • 0.6g of pandan essence
  • 1g of baking powder
Spread out evenly onto a small, lined baking tray - approximately 25cm x 17cm x 2.5cm in size. Bake for 14-15 minutes until coked through and lightly golden on top. Once ready, allow to cool and cut the sponge into 5.5cm strips that run the length of the tray
To make the pandan butter cream, place the caster sugar and water in a pan and bring to the boil. Meanwhile, place the egg whites into a food mixer and whisk on a medium speed
  • 43g of caster sugar
  • 14g of water
  • 24g of egg white
Boil the sugar until it reaches 118°C, then pour gently over the whisking egg whites. Continue to whisk on a medium speed until the mixture cools to blood temperature and looks thick and glossy
Gradually add the butter to the mix to make a smooth and light butter cream. Lastly, add the pandan extract until incorporated
Spread the butter cream onto the top of the sponge strips, then use a pastry comb to score the surface of the butter cream, creating a ridged effect in straight lines. Place into the freezer to set fully, and then cut into 6 squares with a warm knife
To finish the desserts, remove the sheep yoghurt bavarois (demi-spheres) and place onto a glazing rack. Use a little of the extra mousse to fix the 2 halves together, creating 6 even spheres
Gently warm the yoghurt glaze until it just liquifies and pour over the sphere to cover, allowing any excess to drip off
Place the sheep’s yoghurt piping cream into a piping bag with a Mont Blanc nozzle (noble with small holes) and pipe lines over the top of the sphere for a decorative finish. Move the sphere onto the prepared pandan sponge square
Garnish with puffed rice, flowers, honey cress and chocolate decorations
First published in 2015

Graham Hornigold’s expert pastry skills have been refined in some of the best restaurants and hotels in London, effortlessly adding delicate, refreshing touches to dessert menus. Today, he runs gourmet doughnut brand Longboys, which has three sites and stocks the likes of Harrods and Selfridges.

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