Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Coffee Praline Mousse

This recipe has been gleaned from a very dear friend, Priyanjana. This easy breezy dessert is a family favourite at hers, and very quickly became one at mine as well. it looks gorgeous, tastes sinful and is simple enough for even the most kitchen phobe. So, what's not to like?!

Milk  1/2 ltr
Sugar  8 tablespoon
Custard powder  6 tablespoon
Coffee powder  4 1/2 teaspoon
Butter  25 gm
Cream  200 gm

Praline:  Sugar 1 1/2 cup
                Walnuts  1/2 cup


For the Praline: Heat the sugar in a saucepan over low heat, till the sugar melts and turns golden brown. Turn off the heat. Add the walnuts and spread on a greased tray. Once cool and hardened, place between two sheets of butter paper or in a polybag and crush to shards with a rolling pin.

For the Mousse:
Mix the custard powder with a little milk in a cup. Add it to to the rest of the milk and place on low flame. Mix in the coffee powder and sugar and continue to cook on low flame. Stir frequently to prevent lumps and from the mixture sticking to the bottom. Once it thickens considerably, enough to coat the back of your spoon, take it off the heat. Mix in the butter and leave awhile. Once the mixture cools, run it in the mixie or food processor for about a minute. tip in the cream and churn a couple of times more. Take care to not churn the cream for too long or the mixture will curdle. Transfer to a serving dish. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours, preferably overnight. Top with the shards of praline just before serving. Take a deep breath and sit back to enjoy the dessert and the compliments :)

Handy Hint: If you don't have patience for praline, simply substitute with crushed chikki !

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