This recipe is my first entry into Maison Cupcake’s “Forever Nigella” monthly recipe competition http://blog.maisoncupcake.com/forever-nigella/. The idea is that you pick a Nigella recipe, which have different monthly themes, and adapt it slightly to suit your tastes, then enter it into a monthly recipe challenge. This month the Forever Nigella challenge is titled ” Iced dreams “. It is being held by Arthi at Soul Curry http://debugcooking.blogspot.com/ and the deadline is tomorrow.
The particular recipe that I chose to adapt came from the Nigella website. For some reason, I found myself veering towards her chocolate recipes this time and it was a toss up between either a white, or a dark chocolate mousse. What swung it for me was the cherry season. I adore cherries, and thought that a kind of retro reference to the black forest gateau would work very well in mousse form. I wanted to combine my new love of boozy fruit l that was used in an amazing patisserie recently discovered in Zurich. It was used in a pastry called “Amaretto”. Misleading, in the sense that it actually contained a mixture of almond amaretti biscuits and kirsch and not Amaretto the almond flavoured Italian liquer.
The combination was totally divine, so I wanted to be able to use elements of this sweet treat but also put my own spin on it. That is what I have done here, in this adaptation of the “Instant chocolate mousse” . Nigella’s recipe is for a very quick and easy mousse recipe, no eggs involved. What I have done is add some Kirsch soaked cherries along woth toasted almonds for crunch. As much as I love this mousse recipe, I feel the need to texture, which both the cherries and the crunchy almonds provide.
The alcohol in this recipe is not essential. You could leave it out or replace it with Amaretto liquer, even some good brandy.
All I can say is that it’s a match made in heaven!