Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate mousse

Chocolate mousse in a chocolate teardrop topped with chocolate ganache, served with Crème Anglaise and raspberry coulis.

A mousse is a prepared food that incorporates air bubbles to give it a light and airy texture. It can range from light and fluffy to creamy and thick, depending on preparation techniques. Dessert mousses are typically made with whipped egg whites or whipped cream, and generally flavored with chocolate or puréed fruit. (source: Wikipedia)

Chocolate ganache is made by heating up the cream and pour it over the chocolate so that the chocolate melts. It is stirred gently until smooth.

Crème Anglaise (French for “English cream”) is a custard and usually used as a sauce for a plated dessert. It contains egg yolks, sugar, milk and usually flavoured with vanilla.

A coulis is a thick sauce that is made of fruit or vegetables puree.

Truffle

Truffle

A chocolate truffle is a type of chocolate confectionery, traditionally made with a chocolate ganache centre coated in chocolate, icing sugar, cocoa powder or chopped toasted nuts (typically hazelnuts, almonds or coconut), usually in a spherical, conical, or curved shape.

Other fillings may replace the ganache: cream, melted chocolate, caramel, nuts, almonds, berries, or other assorted sweet fruits, nougat, fudge, or toffee, mint, chocolate chips, marshmallow, and, popularly, liqueur.

Their name derives from the usual shape they take as the word ‘truffle’ derives from the Latin word tuber, meaning “swelling” or “lump”, which later became tufer.

Source: Wikipedia

These are Sablé Breton // Financiers // Madeleines (From left to right)

Sablé is a French round shortbread biscuit, originates in Caen, in the province of Lower Normandy.

Financier is a small French cake. The financier is light and moist, similar to sponge cake, and usually contains almond flour, crushed or ground almonds, or almond flavouring.

Madeleine is a traditional small cake from Commercy and Liverdun, two communes of the Lorraine region in northeastern France.