Today’s Quick Tip is designed to make your life EVEN easier. Yes, really …
In the run up to Christmas, last year, I posted these gorgeous Mochaccino Pots – a decadent dessert that’s not only delicious but also easy to make, individually portioned (I’m a sucker for that) and perfect for preparing beforehand.
So here’s what I said back then –
The chocolate/coffee part can be prepared a day or two in advance and will sit nicely in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it. The slightly sweetened cream on the top really is at its best if you whip it just before you are ready to serve but honestly if you can’t face that last-minute attention, then do it earlier in the day.
It’s true that the cream looks a whole lot better if you whip it just before you’re going to use it. Plus you need to whip it the right amount – not too much, not too little. It’s not an enormous deal but perhaps if you could avoid it all together …? One less thing to think about is always good, particularly if you’ve got guests for dinner.
So let me share my discovery with you …
The last time I made these Mochaccino Pots, I made a whole pile of them – 12 I think – and by the time I came to use the last couple, I’d run out of cream to whip up and put on the top. Gggrrrrr. But I did have a pot of crème fraîche (it’s a staple in our house due to the family fondness for Pesto Pasta) so I thought I’d try it as a replacement.
I gave it a good stir, so that its consistency was a little looser (and more akin to whipped cream) and I chose to miss out the icing sugar with or without is fine). By the way, I used about 50g (2oz) of crème fraîche per pot … you could be a bit more generous if you fancy. And the result? Completely gorgeous, utterly easy and totally better than the cream option. The slight sharpness of the crème fraîche really balances the sweetness of the chocolate and removing the need for last minute whipping of the cream gets a huge thumbs up from me. I’ll be making these Mochaccino Pots like this from now on.
In fact, maybe tonight’s the night … ?