Triple Layer Coffee Caramel Chocolate Pots merrily blend creamy coffee custard with luscious caramel and light as air chocolate mousse. A little crushed Amaretti cookie hidden between the layer adds an extra hit of flavour & texture, making these indulgent little pots totally irresistible.
I think I may have let myself get ever so slightly carried away with dessert this week. I started out thinking about a good old chocolate mousse and I’ve ended up creating a dessert that stacks up treat after hedonistic treat on top of each other.
Let’s face it; a pot of chocolate mousse is a sensational pleasure to get your lips around at the best of times.. But I’ve gone and thrown a creamy coffee custard, a silky smooth caramel and some Amaretti cookies into the mix.
What results are intense little pots of joy that clock up a few points in the looks department as well as on the palate. What could be prettier than a medley of coffee, caramel and chocolate shades of brown all stacked up in pretty little jars and promising a full-bodied hit of flavour in every spoonful?
That’s enough ogling; let’s get to the low down on each individual component in these Triple Layer Coffee Caramel Chocolate Pots.
The Coffee Custard
I've headed into classic custard making territory, relying on a blend of egg yolk, milk and cornflour. It’s cooked over a low to moderate heat and requires your constant attention since you’ll need to stir the custard continuously. Be patient and give your arm a virtuous workout. You’ll be rewarded with an intense coffee flavoured sauce which then has double cream blended into it to add a sumptuous wallop of creamy luxury.
You really can’t go wrong. I use an all in one method to create a silky smooth and slightly salty caramel sauce.
The Chocolate Mousse
I’ve stayed fairly traditional with my mousse. It contains raw egg and dark chocolate. The result is a light, soft and airy mousse that delivers chocolatey punches by the boatload. With so few ingredients involved, it’s important to use the best chocolate you can get hold of to let that chocolate flavour shine through.
And that’s it.
Each element that goes into these Coffee Caramel Chocolate Pots takes between 5 and 10 minutes to make. Each offers a slightly different texture to this soft, rich & extravagant dessert. And each is delicious in it's own right. Together they make a formidable team. So what are you waiting for? Get stirring.
Coffee Caramel Chocolate Pots
- 12 Amaretti Cookies (I used shop bought)
For the Coffee Custard
- 80 ml/ ⅓ cup Whole milk
- 1 ½ tsp Instant coffee granules (I used Gold Blend)
- 1 Egg yolk (you'll need the egg white for the mousse)
- 25 g/ ⅛ cup Light muscovado sugar
- ½ tsp (rounded) Cornflour (cornstarch)
- 45 ml/ 3 tbsp Double (heavy) cream
For the Caramel
- 25 g/ ⅛ cup Butter
- 25 g/ ⅛ cup Soft light brown sugar
- 25 g/ ⅛ cup White caster sugar
- 80 ml/ ⅓ cup Double (heavy) cream
- pinch Sea salt
- ½ tsp Vanilla extract
For the Chocolate Mousse
- 1 Egg yolk
- 2 Egg whites (use the spare white from above)
- ¼ tsp Lemon juice
- 65 g/ ½ cup dark chocolate (roughly chopped)
- 2 tsp caster sugar
Make the Coffee Custard
- Put the milk into a small heavy-based saucepan and heat until scalding (but not boiling). Stir in the coffee granules
- In a small bowl beat the egg yolk, sugar and cornflour together until smooth
- Pour the hot milk onto the egg mixture whilst whisking continuously, to prevent curdling
- Pour the custard back into the saucepan and, over a moderate heat, cook until the custard is thick (like in the photograph). You will need to stir constantly otherwise the custard will go lumpy and/ or split.
- Once thickened, spoon the custard into a clean small bowl and cover with clingfilm to prevent a skin forming. Let cool completely and chill
- Just before you are ready to assemble the dessert beat the cream until it just holds it's shape. Tip the coffee custard into the cream and beat until smooth
Make the caramel
- Put the butter, sugars, and cream into a small heavy-based saucepan
- Over a moderate temperature, heat, stirring freqently with a wooden spoon, until everything has melted and dissolved and a smooth sauce has formed
- Heat the caramel to boiling point and let cook for 1 minute
- Remove from the heat and stir through the salt and vanilla extract
Make the mousse
- Separate the egg yolk from the white and place the egg white (along with the extra one) into a medium bowl. Add the sugar and the lemon juice to the egg whites
- Melt the chocolate in a medium bowl that does not retain too much heat (pyrex is ideal)
- Meanwhile whip the egg whites to the firm (but not stiff) peak stage
- Working quickly, mix the egg yolk into the melted chocolate then mix in ⅓ of the whisked egg whites
- Using a large metal spoon gently fold the remaining egg whites into the chocolate mixture to keep as much air in the mousse as possible. Stop mixing when no more white streaks are evident
Assemble the dessert
- Spoon half of the caramel sauce between 4 glass jars and crumble an Amaretti biscuit onto the centre of the caramel in each jar
- Divide half of the mousse between each jar, taking care to spread it to the edges so that the caramel layer is completely covered
- Crush 4 Amaretti biscuits and use to top the chocolate mousse
- Divide the coffee custard between the 4 pots, giving the jar a gently shake if necessary to spread the custard out and ensure the mousse is covered
- Share the remaining caramel between the pots
- Finally top with the remaining chocolate mousse, again ensuring the coffee custard is covered
- Cover and refrigerate for several hours
- Take of of the fridge 30 minutes before serving. Crush the remaining Amaretti biscuits and use to top the desserts