The Recipe I Least Expected

Browsing online, I saw the most luscious looking vegan ‘Chocolate Mousse Cake with a Hazelnut Crust’, and kindly asked the chef for the recipe, which she supplied… in French.

But this is such a small hurdle, especially with the click of the google translate button!

This is the recipe that Google offered – an unexpected joy:

150g Pate of Dates – the day before, fill in well a tamping jam jar of dried dates pitted. Complete with water. Close and let soak 12 hours. The next day, mix the contents of the jar (dates and water) to the robot-cutting with vanilla extract, until dough is smooth and creamy presenting the aspect of the Cream Chestnuts. (She keeps up to 3 months in the refrigerator).

Crispy Bottom – 250g Roasted hazelnuts whole peeled in the oven at 180 degrees. Stir from time to time until a nice golden brown uniform. Allow to cool. Blender briefly and grossly hazelnuts cold to reduce them in laughter. Mix with the batter of dates.

On the dish of presentation, blouse a circle of 20cm of rhodoïde. With the aid of a glass wide, tamped in even layer the mixture hazelnuts / paste of dates at the bottom of the circle. Book in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Mousse – Melt the chocolate in the bath, Marie. Drain the chickpeas and retrieve the water contained in the box. Put in the tank of the drummer and ride like snow white farms. Whisk, mix in vigorously the equivalent of a big horn of “White” of chickpeas hot chocolate, then in the maryse, incorporate it delicately the rest. 

Sink the foam in the circle then place in the refrigerator. The taking of this moss is very fast. The sweets can be decorated at the end of 2 hours.

Who could resist giving this a go!

Wondering how to best reduce the hazelnuts to laughter… and riding the chickpea water to snow white farms…


The finished cake is booked into the refrigerator. Expect the unexpected is the theme of the day. I don’t really mind how the cake ends up – it’s been a good, joyful, adventurous day.

The cartoon above is by Michael Leunig. The accompanying text reads:

God, give us rain when we expect sun.

Give us music when we expect trouble.

Give us tears when we expect breakfast.

Give us dreams when we expect a storm.

Give us a stray dog when we expect congratulations.

God play with us, turn us sideways and around. Amen. 

Amen indeed.








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