Friday, 8 August 2008
080808 and a Mocha Biscuit Pudding
Before I start this post, I just want to recognise that today is the 8th of August 2008. It is thus the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, that I understand is going to start sharp at 8:08 pm. So, in commemoration of the fascination with the number 8, I have also scheduled my post to be posted at 8:08pm on the 080808 - although in Malaysia we would write it as 8/8/08 and to complicate things further, since the Y2K 'problem' I tend to write dates in full so i would write it as 8 August 2008, just to minimise any ambiguity.
So anyway, so much for dates. On to the Dessert!
My son has developed a taste for Mocha. Yes, and coffee too! Before anyone starts screaming at me for letting a 7 year old have coffee - its usually just a teeny tiny sip. More often than not its in a kind of mocha drink too. He loves it! Anyway, anything in moderation is okay in my books.
So one day back in early July, when I had some leftover cream that had to be used up in a hurry, I decided I would make a quick and easy dessert that was - you guessed it - Mocha Flavoured!
The idea from this comes from eating cookies with ice cream. Except, intstead of using ice cream, I make a soft whip and then dollop it over some cookies.
This is what I did.
250gm block chocolate with whole Almonds
1-2 tbsp instant coffee powder
a little milk
Choc Chip Cookies
Break the chocolate and place in a large bowl. Bring the cream to boil and then pour over the Chocolate. Stir well till chocolate is completely melted. Strain into another bowl with a wire mesh to strain out the almonds. Set the almonds aside and add the instant coffee powder to the hot chocolate mixture. Mix well and let the chocolate ganache cool.
Whip the chocolate ganache until soft peaks form. Chill in fridge until ready to use. To serve, dip a choc chip cookie in a little milk and then place into a bowl. Spoon over with chocolate ganache and garnish with an almond.
The taste and look of this recipe belies how easy it is to make. It was simply delicious and my son polished off two bowls.
I wont tell you how many bowls I polished off myself!