Apricot Mousse Cake or a Verrine

Apricot Mousse Cake OR Verrine

 

My brother-in-law – A.S, works abroad and had come for a month’s break in mid May to reunite with his family and catch up on lost time. He is leaving tonight loaded with happy memories that will keep him company till October or November and then, he will be back for another month to refill his cup of joy! I call it refueling the spirit:).It has become a tradition for us (P’s mother and his siblings with families) to gather over lunch or dinner often during the time he spends in India. On Sunday P and I had everybody over for dinner at our place – we were twenty in all, and my mother-in-law was tickled pink, her face shone with happiness and pride – reminding me of Mother Goose – as she surveyed her entire brood gathered together under one roof!I was busy the whole day preparing our lunch and then the quite elaborate spread. On the menu, we had no starters as we discovered last time that it usually means injustice to the mains especially, if it is a dinner for P’s family – they start trooping in only after 9 O’clock!For the main course we had phulkas, koftas(lauki(bottle gourd) kofta and paneer(cottage cheese) kofta), dal makhani and pulav constituting the North Indian spread, and steamed rice, chinna vengaya sambar (spicy concoction of lentils and small purple shallots), and puzhukku to constitute the South Indian Tamilian spread. The dessert was the first thing I made that day as I needed to be in a cheery frame of mind and also because I wanted it chilled and looking good. Can you believe? We actually forgot to serve the dessert!! After all my careful planning to make it look as luscious as it was, I was disappointed that the dessert never made it to the table but they made very nice eats late last night and early this morning – quite making me forget all the disappointment:)!I do not generally spend much time on my desserts. I usually make custards/ice creams /payasams, scoop them into nice looking bowls with matching spoons, place them on a tray and ask Jr.H to serve them. It is only the tryst with blogging and introduction to some tasty dessert blogs that I thought of trying out a bit of beautification myself and I was pretty thrilled:).

The recipe is simple and involves only veganizing the vegetarian mousse:). I made a simple vegan cake with strawberry crush and topped it with vegan mousse and fruits. I feel using only tofu makes desserts flat (in taste and texture) so I blended it with a few cashews (nutritional information) and custard made in almond milk. The result is a creamy mousse that doesn’t give a hint of tofu and you will definitely not miss the taste of milk in this thanks to the richness of cashews and the apricot puree. I used plain shot glasses to serve the dessert so it is more a verrine than a mousse cake!

I leave it to you to decide what it is! Did not Shakespeare say “A rose …..as sweet!”. True. 🙂

Apricot mousse cake in glass | Small desserts | © tongueticklers.com

 

Yield: Serves 15-20 if served in shot glasses

Bottom layer: Vegan strawberry crush cake

Ingredients:

Maida/All purpose flour (sieved) – 1 cup
Baking powder – 1 tsp.
Baking soda – 1/4 tsp.
A pinch of salt
Strawberry crush – 1/4 cup (I used Mapro)
Soymilk/Coconut milk/Rice Milk/Any nut milk – 1/2 to 3/4 cup ( I used cashew milk)
Plain custard powder – 1tbsp.
Vanilla from one stick
Any mild oil – 2 tbsp. (I used sunflower oil)
Sugar – 1 tbsp. (remember that the crush is very sweet and that we do not have sweet tooth!)
Vinegar – 1/4 tsp.

Method for cake base:

Set the oven to pre-heat at 160 deg. Cel. Lightly grease and dust with flour any flat pan at least 8×8″ wide.

Sieve the baking powder, baking soda and the flour together and set aside in a wide bowl.

Mix the custard powder in the milk. Add the oil, sugar and scrape the vanilla. Heat on low, stirring all the while till the ingredients come together. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Add the vinegar to the cooled custard blend and mix.

Make a well in the dry mixture and pour the wet blend in two helpings. Mix gently till completely incorporated. You will find the bubbles already forming as the vinegar reacts with the soda.

Pour immediately into prepared square pan. Tap lightly to spread the mixture into a thin layer as it has to form only the bottom layer. My square pan measures 8″x8″, and my cake turned out about a little over a cm thick.

Bake in the centre of the oven for about 20 minutes. My new oven seems to be very different from the old one. I had to reduce the temperature to 150 after 10 minutes to prevent over browning.

Cool completely and turn out on a chopping board or any flat surface. Cut into circles as wide as the bottom of the shot glasses. I had cutters that were almost the same size.

Second layer – The apricot mousse

Ingredients:

Whole fresh ripe apricots – nearly 250g (About 12)
Silken tofu – 3tbsp.
Cashews soaked in just enough water for about 10 minutes – 8
Almond milk/plain soy milk (I had almond powder, 1tbsp., which I heated with about a cup of water) – 1 cup
Caster sugar – I used enough to adjust the sweetness after blending everything – approx. 3tbsp.
Custard powder – 1tbsp.

Method:
Blanch the apricots in hot water and peel the skin with a knife. Remove the pits and puree the apricots. Set aside.

Dissolve the custard powder in milk. Add the sugar. Heat the mixture on medium fire, stirring all the while till homogeneous. Cool.

Blitz the tofu, cashews and custard till completely smooth. Tofu tends to take a while but it eventually happens. You should not feel any bits of cashews.

Add the apricot puree and blitz till blended. Taste and adjust sugar if needed.

3rd layer: Chocolate sauce

Ingredients:

I did not measure but it must have been about 2 big cubes of bitter chocolates broken to bits
Vegan butter – 1tsp.
4-5 cashews
A huge helping of silken tofu – maybe a heaped tbsp.
About 2tbsp. of hot water

Method:

Melt the chocolate with butter in a double boiler or heat it in spurts of 10s in microwave at low power. Blend.

Blitz the tofu, cashews, hot water and chocolate together till very smooth. It will take some time and you will have to scrape down the sides three or four times in between as tofu does not break down all that easily. Once smooth it will have a soft and smooth texture.

Assembling:
Cut the cake into rings that fit snugly into the bottom of the glasses (mine were a little smaller). Top with a tablespoon of apricot mousse. Let the mousse set for an hour before topping it with a small helping of the chocolate mousse. Refrigerate until you need to serve.

Garnish with the fruits at the time of serving.

Apricot and chocolate verrine
Apricot Mousse Cake OR Verrine 

Fruits – I garnished at the time of serving:

I was not left with any apricots for garnishing as I did not really think of it – I meant to scoop as usual:)! As an afterthought I used mangoes (kesar variety) instead. Cut the mango balancing the fruit vertically, on either side of the seed. Take a cookie cutter or any circular sharp object, a size smaller than the mouth of the shot glass and make two deep indents on one cheek of the mango. Scoop the flesh carefully and slice into as many thin circles as possible. Slice a banana/elaichi kela (a local variety of banana) very thin and slit one side of a firm ripe plum to add a contrasting colour. A hint of colour adds so much to an otherwise simple dessert:)!

Place two slices of mango followed by a few of the banana slices and top with the plum.

My daughter, Jr.H, loves black backgrounds so she insisted that I should try it out. In fact she brought out a black dress of hers and positioned the glasses. It was her idea that she would lift off some of the mousse while I took the snap. This was the result, apart from her eating up the contents of the glass:):

Apricot mousse cake
Apricot mousse verrine in black for Jr.H

Event submission:
This is my submission to this month’s FIC. Food In Colours started by me is being guest hosted by Kamalika of Dedicated to Janaki Patti. Her chosen theme is Delectable Combinations. This verrine I felt is perfect for her theme.I am a little late in updating FIC this month. Please enter your wonderful combinations soon. 🙂

 

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  1. Dear Harini,
    Such tempting pics…and a great post to read as always. The get-together sounds such fun…cheers!

  2. I agree with your daughter, black ground looks good!! love the apricot mousse

  3. Thatz quite a bit of work but is so totally worth it

  4. Get me a spoon Harini.. quick:-) what a lovely lovely treat! It is so hot here & i can so have a few of these!

  5. Beautiful and delicious looking desserts!

  6. Lovely post to read. Stunning pics. Loved the last one esp. Great click.

  7. Hey Harini, It looks lovely and the snaps are beautiful. Can you tell me what should I replace and with wht for a non-vegan version

  8. These look beautiful! and the spread must have been delicious – MIL should have been doubly proud that her DIL was able to feed her brood so well 😉

  9. Must have been heavenly when chilled.I must thank you for giving tofu such a tasty rap,I've tried your silken tofu choc. pudding very many times now and my kiddos absolutely love it:)

  10. Looks can surely kill,wat say?:-P…lovely clicks Harini,as usual your post tempts me:).Looks beautiful,i liked the idea of using tofu,this was new to me.Thanks for sharing!

  11. Jigyasa, Pratibha, thanks! Yes, it was fun:).

    Parita, will tell her. She will be proud!

    Deesha, it reads elaborate but once you get down to doing it, it is pretty quick and easy!

    Soma, I just wish I could say "here, these are all for you." Maybe I will when we meet someday:). It is probably the heat that is inspiring me too!!

    Meeso, thanks:).

    Jayasree, that was Jr.H's idea. Will tell her that her idea had many good responses:).

    Andy, I could tell you here but it would be a sin not to guide you to the queen of desserts – Tartelette

    Miri, you bet! My MIL is very generous with her praise and she tends to even exaggerate my capabilities:), but it is flattering and I love it this way!

    Yasmeen, thanks! I am so glad you liked the tofu chocolate pudding too!!

    Nithya, did they? Thank you:)).

  12. This looks so delicious and refreshing.

  13. Hi. It's my first time here. You have amazing photos here and I love the recipes!

  14. Vegan apricot mousse looks so delicious!

    Thanks for sharing so many yummy vegan recipes!

  15. Home Cooked Oriya Food

    such tempting dessert. i would love to eat it… no way will i try making it though…

  16. Very creative. 🙂

  17. Hi harini ,

    Lovely pics & should try the cake u have mentioned.

  18. What a beautiful dessert! It really looks like it was worth the extra effort. 🙂

  19. Harini, I have no doubts your dinner (with vengaya sambhar?) and this dessert were an absolute hit.
    Your pictures are gorgeous.

  20. wow..nice n tempting mousse…..tat to gether sounds grt…

  21. first time here and liked your blog very much…..this cake topped with twin mouse is really exotic and the pictures are simply great…

  22. Oh my this looks heavenly! Wish I could scoop out some. Bookmarked!

  23. How did i miss this super delicous dessert post.
    Neautiful presentation and as always the picutures are so so beautiful.

  24. Awesome pictures ! Just looks so good and tempting !

  25. Lovely snaps as usual Harini! Mousse or Verrine, it definitely looks delicious! 🙂

  26. Very nice pictures and loved the first one. It is very commendable that you cooked for 20 people. I am sure it was a fun family time.

  27. Dhanya Nambirajan

    Wow ,apricot mousse looks delicious and Awesome click.Looks so colorful and tempting:)

  28. wow never used cashew nut milk this one looks simply delicious and very beautiful pic.

  29. The Purple Foodie

    I've never tried tofu in a desssert. Your's looks gorgeous!

  30. Those look nice and cool and refreshing and good!

  31. Looks delicious, Sunshinemom. Love those strawberries criscrossed at the top. A colorful and beautiful summer treat indeed.

  32. Darling,it looks great and is definitely a verrine as far as I am concerned.Delicious and super.Loved to know about your family get together.I can imagine your feeling when you found that you missed serving dessert.But no probs,dearie,baaki hai to mujhe bhej dena.I can polish it off.Too great it looks.

  33. Lucky A and what a lovely family you have.
    And how could you forget to serve such a lovely dessert. You should have called them back 🙂

  34. i dont have a sweet tooth but these looks like heaven to me drool

  35. These creamy desserts look so yummy!!

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