Wednesday, October 08, 2008

October 7, 2008: Chocolate mousse slice

Madhuram's clearly been into eggless cooking for a while, and she's now initiated a blog event that can get the rest of us involved. The theme this past month has been to use silken tofu as a replacement for eggs in a dish. When I read this, I instantly thought of the stunning vegan chocolate mousse dessert that I ate at Sirens in Hobart last year. Could I make something similar myself? I could at least give it a go.

I started out with the biscuit base from Bella's cherry ripe slice, and then used this recipe as a guide for the chocolate layer. To my surprise and delight it set up into a firm, silky smooth and very intense filling without a hint of beany-ness. It's so relentlessly chocolatey that I'd suggest finding another flavour to pair it with - some coffee, or maybe some rosewater, peppermint essence if you swing that way.... or best of all, some fresh fruit!

To see tofu in a completely different egg-replacement guise, check out the chipotle maple tofu scramble that Michael made last year!

Chocolate mousse slice
75g nuttelex
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
200g silken tofu
200g dark chocolate (I used Lindt 70%)
sweetener, to taste e.g. sugar, agave nectar, maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C, and line a small baking dish with paper.

Mix together the nuttelex and brown sugar. Sift the flour and baking powder over it, and mix it all together well. Press the mixture into the baking dish and bake it for 10-15 minutes, until golden.

Melt the chocolate by whatever gentle method you like and sweeten it to taste. I added about half a cup of brown sugar, because the Lindt chocolate was so bittersweet.

Next up, drop the tofu into a food processor and blend it until it's smooth. Spoon in the chocolate and blend some more, until it's all well mixed and creamy. Slather the chocolate mix over the cooled biscuit base and refrigerate until set, at least an hour.


  1. OH YUM!!

    Yay, a recipe for tofu chocolate mousse!

    I must try it. :D

    xox Sarah

  2. OMG it looks delicious!!
    mmmmm chocolate mousse.... :P

  3. Oh wow. Well done. That looks AMAZING! Will definitely be trying that one.

  4. chocolate mousse with tofu is on my list of things to make since trying it at sirens too - so I will be bookmarking this one - I think a berry coulis would be lovely with this because it looks decadently rich!

  5. First thank you very much for making a new dish using tofu and sending it for the event.

    I can imagine how good it would have tasted because I know that cocoa and tofu is an amazing combination. You definitely cannot taste/smell tofu at all.

    BTW what is nuttlex?

  6. this looks absolutely gorgeous! I've never used tofu in a dessert before, but because I'm such a fan of chocolate mousse and yet squeamish about raw egg, i think this could be the thing to try! thanks for this inspired idea and i can't wait to make it.

  7. oh... my... god... this looks deliciously evil!

    (luckily more delicious than evil so I'll have to give it a go sometime)

  8. Wow! Looks great. Lemme see where I can get my hands on silken tofu here in Bangalore.

    Great job!

  9. Wow.

    I mean, really, wow!

    My aim is to make this and NOT tell my dad it's got tofu in it, and see if he likes it, hehe

    Madhuram - nuttlex is a type of spread people use instead of margarine or butter. There are a few differing opinions about it around.

  10. that's the perfect mid afternoon snack to enjoy with a coffee...yum!

  11. This luks irresistablely yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!

  12. Sarah, I remember you trying a great choc-tofu mousse at a restaurant - I'll be interested to see if you can replicate it. :-)

    Thanks, Shellie!

    Thanks, Dani - this might be a job for your Thermomix. :-)

    Johanna, I think some berry coulis would be ideal!

    It's been a pleasure, Madhuram! I might not have experimented with this recipe at all if it wasn't for your event. :-)

    I hope you like it, Frances! Be warned, it's very rich.

    Thanks, Jesska! It's pretty easy, too, if you've got a food processor to blend it up in.

    Thanks, Sunshinemom. :-)

    Hi Romaspace! I'll be interested to see if you can track down some tofu.

    Hehe, Maffy - I pulled the same trick on my dad with the soy bombs. :-D

    Nice to see you back, Flamingo. :-)

    Thanks, Mahima. :-)

  13. I've never tried a dessert recipe for tofu before but this was fantastic. The outcome exactly like the picture which I didn't think would happen.
    I'm going to try variations now. Thank you for the recipe, I have a new dessert!!

  14. Awesome, AJ! It's amazing how smooth and glossy the chocolate layer is, eh?

  15. Hi

    May I know what is Nuttelex? Can I replace it with dark chocolate instead?

  16. Nuttelex is a brand of vegan margarine here in Australia. I'd recommend replacing it with another margarine or butter, not with chocolate!

  17. This is TOTALLY AWESOME. used the fillings in individual tart shell. easy and YUMMEH TO THE MAX! Thanks!

  18. They must've looked cute! Glad they worked out so well for you. :-)