Melting Moments ... Literally !
Melting Moments ... Literally !
Melting Moments ... Literally ! 4/4

I’d definitely give this a 0/10 for presentation. I cannot tell you how ashamed i am to even share this you. God knows i tried to make a pretty one. Unfortunately for me Ghana is going though a crazy heat wave, and the weather is so harsh its almost impossible to work with desserts that need to be chilled or set. Still a bit busy with work and travelling, and with very little time on my hands.I’m sharing this with you just as it is, without really putting in that extra effort. I made this a week ago, but been on the road ever since. Now stuck in a terrible traffic jam, i find the time to write out this post. When I had started a week ago, a few ideas were running through my mind … something like this …


So i settled for a very decadent looking Napoleon. Rich and crispy layers of puff pastry sandwiched with layers of Mocha and Dark Chocolate Mousse. Started the day before with preparing the puff pastry layers and the the mousse. I let the mousse set in a shallow and wide dish overnight, and the next day i filled them in piping bags with a large nozzle and piped them in between the baked puff pastry sheets. Returned them again to the fridge to set… but the damn weather ! It just didn’t let the dessert set. And even after keeping overnight when it looked all set, on removing from the fridge it would start melting loosing shape, making a sloppy mess. So i had to get back to the work sheet and re think my options. Not left with much to work with, i decided to make a good old trifle. The chocolate cake i used here came from my freezer, kept for emergencies like this one. A cake in the freezer can really save the day. The only thing i could do with the mousse was layer it up in a glass, in the only hope that it would hold shape. And so another day went in the process of setting the trifle. But the minute i got it out of the fridge, the unforgivingly hot weather just kept melting the mousse down. So i just gave up. Not so great in presentation, but absolutely fantastic to taste. Cant go wrong with dark chocolate and coffee. For those of you, who are blessed with cooler weather, pls do try this out. I shared this treat with my office staff and they couldn’t stop raving about it. To accompany the mousse i also made some lovely walnut brittle. A great crunchy texture in contrast with the smooth n rich mousse.

Walnut Brittle

1 cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt
3/4 th cup chopped toasted walnuts

melt the sugar in a heavy based pan, on medium heat. Do not stir until it starts changing colour and when it reached an amber red caramel, stir in the chopped nuts and pour out on some foil spread out on a baking sheet. be quick and spread it as thinly as you can. Leave it to cool completely and break once hard.

Dark Chocolate Mousse

one portion of this dark chocolate mousse recipe.

Mocha Mousse

1 tbsp instant coffee
1 tbsp boiling water
3 tbsps caster sugar
2 egg whites whipped up stiff
200 ml double cream – whipped
1 tsp gelatin dissolved in 1 tbsp water

Dissolve the coffee and sugar in the water and let it cool. Mix it in the whipped cream along with the gelatin. Gently fold in the egg whites and pour in a wide dish and cover with cling film to set it overnight.

Chocolate Cake

use just about any chocolate cake you have lying around in the house.

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Comment : (Peter G)

Aapplemint, don’t be so hard on yourself. It looks glorious and I don’t mind the presentation. You salvaged it quite well considering your circumstances! Great creation AND I Love the brittle! (Deborah)

I think they look AMAZING! I just want to dig right in! (Rachel)

I actually think they look cute! Melty-chic! (glamah16)

It may be melting but I want to dig my spoon in right now. That looks ao goooodddddd! (Kate / Kajal)

…. u really think so … i almost deleted this post thinking how crap it was. thanks you guys … i feel much better now ! (jasmine)

You know what, I think these look so good–and much “neater” or “cleaner” than I’d be able to do…

j (Mandy)

the triffles look amazing. Your colleagues are so lucky to have you in their midst.Coffee and chocolate? What is not to love? πŸ™‚ (anya)

Kate, I find your melting desert ever so seducing, sexy and elegant!! It is simply grand!! (Swati: Sugarcraft India)

Aaww ..this looks so delicious Kate..It looks so good and tempting too ..So smile dear!! (Zen Chef)

Don’t be so hard on yourself! I think the melting chocolate part makes it even more decadent looking. I wanted to lick my computer screen! πŸ™‚

I bet it taste absolutely delicious, i would even eat it out of a FedeX box if you decide to send me some. πŸ˜‰ (Jessy and her dog Winnie)

Omg that looks delicious, i love the layered look! (diva@theSugarBar)

looks so good i can’t stand it! really want one of those now. (Helen)

I don’t want to jump on the bandwagon or anything but these look drool worthy to me. The desire to plunge a spoon into one is unbearable. (Kate / Kajal)

jasmine … u are just being nice to me πŸ™‚

Mandy … haha yeah i think they’re lucky to …rather my guinea pigs … they get to try all the stuff i make.

Anya …thanks … something good did come out of it afterall.

Swati … haha … smile i will , when i can do 2% of what u can.

Stephan … you are always very kind to me. So i surely wont fedex you some, instead just invite you over for some !

Diva … pls come n get one.

Helen … thank you so much. i cant tell you relieved i am that everyone thinks they are worthy ! (We Are Never Full)

I agree w/ everyone else here! Melting or not, these look absolutely divine. I’d lick the side of that glass right now if I could!

beautiful blog, btw! (Brilynn)

I don’t know what you’re talking about, I started salivating as soon as I saw those, they look amazing! (Proud Italian Cook)

Kate, you make all your presentations look wonderful! I think the chocolate dripping down just draws you into the photo. If I didn’t read it I would have thought,”wow, how did she do that!” (mk99)

Taste kicks presentation’s butt every time. (maybahay)

i love the dripping on the side, it makes it look more tempting. hey, that’s what real food is about-they can’t be told to pose for the cameras!
this looks fantastic anyway. (My Sweet & Saucy)

Before reading your post about the hot temps I thought you made the desserts to look like that because they look so amazing! They just call out: eat me! (Lydia (The Perfect Pantry))

To me the presentation looks wonderful, and I want to grab a spoon and dive right in! (Passionate baker...& beyond)

I’ll give you a 10/10…they look gorgeous!! My fave flavours too…WOW!! (Chris)

Okay – you were seriously embarrassed? I clicked over and thought, Yeah buddy! I want one of those! They look irresistible. πŸ™‚

(hope the heat gets more bareable!) (beachlover)

I don’t think your presentation is messy.In fact I think it’s a style and creative.Love the moment fo your ccoco dripping slowly down:)) (tigerfish)

How could you allow the chocolate to melt over? They would not have escaped my licking πŸ˜› (Rosa's Yummy Yums)

Wow, that dessert looks ever so “dirty” (= terribly scrumptious) and irresistible! Wonderful!


Rosa (Rachel)

Aren’t you being a little hard on yourself…it is visually very appealing!! (Mochachocolata Rita)

I want to lick the choco melt off the glasses RIGHT NOW! ^_^ (Cenk)

I have to disagree. Especially the last one looks amazing! (nixtress)

Kate, I actually LOVE the melting chocolate! I think it’s artistic looking : )

By the way, I thought of you recently, it’s getting warmer, so it’s almost time to make yogurt lollies again! (Homecooked)

Wow…this looks so tasty.Absolutely drool worthy ! By the way I have a surprise for you on my blog.Check it out. (Bree)

It’s perfect…mouth watering! (Chef Erik)

I’d be a fool not to try this. Looks simple enough. You think a pecans instead of walnuts, I don’t like walnuts. Look super yum! (Shantanu)

You have to open a restaurant, maybe something that specializes in desserts. It is evil to make such delightful stuff and share only the pics! πŸ™‚ (Kevin)

I think they look good with all of the melting chocolate mousse running down the sides! (daphne)

What? U call those ugly shots? Kate, I would love to have your talent.

Those looks amazing..sinful but amazing. Perfect for summery weather I’m sure. =) (Kitchen Jini)

Looks positively decadent!
Jini (maybelles mom)

Looks yummy particularly the walnut brittle. And, I love that you have chocolate cake just lying around. bless you. (Kendall)

I’m agreeing with other comments here…I really like the melty look. It was the first thing I noticed and it’s what made me reaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllyy want some. There’s just something so…indulgent and so satisfying in something that just melts out of the dish. (Suzana)

C’mon Kate, those don’t look terrible at all! Brilliant combination of coffee and dark chocolate. Good to see you around! πŸ™‚ (Sylvia)

DonΒ΄t be ashame, Kate. Work with chocolate in heat days are really a mess. But I have to disagree too, the melted chocolate looks very appealing, and yummy (edamame)

Your site gave the devil in my heart big power. The devil said to me. “Eat this thing which I was sweet, and seemed to be delicious” As a result, I lost a fight with the devil. I was dieting so…
From Japan (Aaron Kagan)

Personally, I like the presentation. It’s like an adult version of a melting ice cream cone.

But maybe that’s why chocolate mousse trifle isn’t part of the traditional Ghanaian diet. (Kate / Kajal)

Thank You all for your very kind and supportive words. What would i do without u’all …

..XOXO…Kate (Maryann)

Hi Kate πŸ™‚
The chocolate dripping down the side of the glass is awesome! (Anonymous)

We love your site. My wife Nina from lekkafood.blogspot asked where you live because I found an Amarula post and the way you spoke it was like you where local but your profile says something else. We love your pic’s and the Soccer pic’s were fun. We did a rugby one when we won the World cup last year. As a matter of interest…every little piece of gold rope on the Amarula is put on by hand!I do packaging innovation and try as we may Distel will never remove the rope as it has such a following. I have no link to this company but am amazed at the emotions we have linked to food and drink as consumers. Keep producing the great work…we’ll keep consuming. Its better than watching the Baffana baffana soccer team… (Robyn Vickers)

Wow! Now, this looks like a pudding I would sell my left ankle to eat. Ym! Thanks for the action shots, well caught! (Tenina)

OH aaplemint, why do you think you are on top of my blogroll??? (Except for those double a’s!!) This looks absolutely divine! (Kelly-Jane)

Pot or glass bound desserts are hard to picture i think anyway, but this looks so good, you’ve given it dimension and the brittle too, yum yum! (Pilar - Lechuza)

I first stared at that photo and thought: “Wow, how did she do this?” then I read the post and found you were sad about the photos. Don’t mind at all!! they sure look divine and delicious!!

Kisses from Spain

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