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Saffron poached pears and chocolate mousse

Saffron poached pears and chocolate mousse

  • Preparation Time120 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy

For the pears

4 pears, peeled
750ml water
300g caster sugar
1/2 lemon
1 pinch saffron
1 vanilla pod

For the chocolate mousse

200g dark chocolate
80ml milk
1 egg yolk
4 egg whites
20g caster sugar
To serve
1) For the pears, add all of the ingredients for the pears into a pan, bring to the boil and remove from the heat. Leave overnight to allow the flavours to infuse.

2) For the chocolate mousse, place the chocolate in a metal bowl above a pan of simmering water until melted. Set aside.

3) In a separate pan, boil the milk and add to the chocolate. Whisk in the egg yolk to combine.

4) In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites and sugar until they form soft peaks. Add a third of the whites to the chocolate and gently whisk in. Fold in the rest. Pour into a suitable container and allow to set in the fridge for 20 minutes.

To serve, dip a spoon into the melted chocolate and flick onto a plate to obtain a streak. Place a pear in the centre and spoon the chocolate mousse to the side. Finish with a sprig of mint.

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