a rich and decadent chocolate and chestnut mousse with a refreshing raspberry sauce.

Ciao Gusto for the win: Chestnut and Chocolate Pots with a Raspberry Puddle

Some days we just don’t make it to the beach hut because we have to have  at home days where jobs need to be done and last Saturday was one of those days. These type of days are a little win for me as my husband is not so keen on decorating jobs, he’d rather be at the beach hut.  However, on these busy ‘at home’ days raiding your cupboards to make a well earned family meal is a double win especially as I stocked up online with delicious store-cupboard ingredients, which were delivered by Ocado earlier in the week.  All done with the click of a button and delivered at a time that suited me.

Chestnut and Chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce. Wonderfully rich and decadent.

When I am on holiday abroad I really enjoy looking around the supermarkets and reading all the packets on the shelves and deciding what I can fit in my suitcase to take home.  Often deciding not to risk it and putting most items back.  However, shopping online with Ocado takes all the guesswork out luggage allowance roulette for you.  Ciao Gusto  which is a group of around 30 authentic Italian food and drink brands that have come together, and now offer a one-stop place to shop for real Italian ingredients on Ocado.  How’s that for a win?

Chestnut and Chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce. Wonderfully rich and decadent.

A proper sit down meal is a great marker to the end of this type of jobs day and these Chestnut, Chocolate and Raspberry Pots make a winning finale.  I am always seeking easy recipes that disguise themselves as complicated and that’s what this dessert does.  It’s just a mixing together of melted chocolate, Santa Rosa chestnut jam and whipped cream.  I also must add that you can easily make this recipe feed 8 in smaller glasses as it’s seriously rich and filling. 

For the sauce, you can substitute the fruit with another should you wish but I added a Bonomelli teabag to my raspberries as they were a little on the sharp side and lacked flavour.  Flavoured teabags are the secret to maxing out that flavour. 

Chestnut and Chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce. Wonderfully rich and decadent.

And if you are an avid reader of packets in store like me here’s some information on the heritage of the brands I used:

Tea maker: Bonomelli were founded over 100 years ago in Milan and are famous throughout Italy for their Camomile infusions.  They now also offer such delights as Lemon and Seabuckthorn tea and Raspberry and Redcurrant tea as I used in my raspberry sauce.

Jam producers: Santa Rosa for nearly 50 years have been perfectly preserving the natural taste of the harvest with their fruit-packed jams.

All jobs complete and there was even time for a late afternoon stroll to the beach hut watch the sunset.  Feeling full from our meal and happy the worst of the decorating jobs done – I think we all won in the end.

Chestnut and Chocolate Pots with a Raspberry Puddle
Serves 4
When you dip into this dessert the raspberry sauce acts as a puddle so you get a delicious mix of rich chocolate mousse and the refreshing tang of the raspberry puddle with each mouthful. 
Write a review
Print
Ingredients
  1. 200g dark chocolate
  2. 300g chestnut jam or puree
  3. 300ml double cream
  4. 225g fresh raspberries
  5. 4 teaspoons sugar
  6. 1 fruit tea teabag
  7. 2 teaspoons water
Instructions
  1. Make the raspberry sauce first so this can be cooling while you make the chestnut chocolate mousse.  In a small saucepan add most of the fruit, keeping some back for decoration, sugar, teabag and 1-2 teaspoons of water but no more otherwise it will be too liquid.  Cook for 2 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the fruit just cooked.
  2. Pour into the bottom of your serving glasses and then allow to cool fully before you add the mousse.
  3. Melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over barely simmering water until melted.  Set aside to cool a little.
  4. In a large bowl mix together with the chestnut jam or puree and set aside while you whip the cream.
  5. Whip the double cream until soft peak stage and carefully fold into the chestnut chocolate mixture.
  6. Spoon the mixture over the raspberry sauce and top with a few fresh raspberries and a flourish of icing sugar on serving.
Notes
  1. Tip:  if making in advance and refrigerating then remove beforehand to allow to soften.
Beachhutcook.com http://beachhutcook.com/

 

 

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post

 

Linking up with Easy Peasy Foodie who’s hosting #CookBlogShare

And to Mummy in a Tutu’s Foodie Friday 

50 Comments

  • Reply Jenny 5th July 2017 at 9:37 am

    This looks AMAZING! This is something that I definitely would make for a dinner party!
    Jenny x http://www.ajennysaved.com

  • Reply rache neal 5th July 2017 at 10:02 am

    these look absolutely delicious , i have saved this page as I am going to give them a go and make them,. Look like such a posh dessert.

  • Reply Dean of Little Steps 5th July 2017 at 10:05 am

    I’m not big on desserts (gasp, I know) but I like making them because both my daughter and husband love dessert and this looks like something that they would eat in one gulp 😉 Saving this for future use.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 5th July 2017 at 8:05 pm

      It’s seriously rich so it would make a lot in little pots!

  • Reply Helen 5th July 2017 at 11:11 am

    Oo these look amazing – I love chestnut but only really have it at Christmas. Must give these a go 🙂

  • Reply Talya 5th July 2017 at 11:47 am

    Oh my goodness can I please just leap into your blog and eat one of these now please? The looks utterly divine!

  • Reply Erin 5th July 2017 at 12:19 pm

    This recipe looks amazing – I was actually given a pot of chestnut jam recently and had no idea what to do with it!!

  • Reply Mellissa Williams 5th July 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I think I am in chocolate heaven. Love these choc and raspberry pots, they look so delicious

  • Reply Samantha Mayers 5th July 2017 at 2:23 pm

    OMG!!!! AMAZING! I have to try making these x

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 5th July 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you xx

  • Reply Kara 6th July 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Oh wow, this look delicious. Will certainly be giving these a try

  • Reply Stephanie 6th July 2017 at 8:41 pm

    They sound amazing!! I am going to pin this for future!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 7th July 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Stephanie x

  • Reply jenny paulin 8th July 2017 at 7:14 am

    these looks delicious! I have never tried chestnut in a dessert before, but it looks so creamy and yummy that I must give it a try. x

  • Reply Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie 8th July 2017 at 11:26 am

    Ooh – these look utterly scrumptious – I could eat two! 😀 Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare 🙂 Eb x

  • Reply London Mumma 10th July 2017 at 6:04 am

    How tasty do these look! Can I eat this for brekkie lol!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 10th July 2017 at 8:45 am

      Yes of course as it will fill you up for the day! Elinor x

  • Reply Newcastle Family Life 10th July 2017 at 9:34 am

    They look and sound delicious, lovely photos with fab styling too x

  • Reply Holly - Little Pickle's Mom 10th July 2017 at 11:05 am

    WOW these sound and look lovely – I’m a sucker for raspberries and for chocolate so these are so tempting. I had no idea you could purchase real Italian stuff from Ocado. You learn something new every day!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 10th July 2017 at 11:51 am

      Yes and I’m hooked on ocado. It’s like being in a supermarket like on holidays !

  • Reply donna 13th July 2017 at 8:37 am

    This looks gorgeous, and your photos are amazing! #foodiefriday

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 14th July 2017 at 6:20 am

      Thank you Donna, so kind x

  • Reply Lisa 13th July 2017 at 11:36 am

    These look so good, need to try them!

  • Reply Mummy in a TuTu 13th July 2017 at 8:30 pm

    is it really wrong that I want to face plant one or maybe all of those?! Send one my way pleeeeaassseee!!
    Thanks for linking to #foodiefriday don’t forget us next week!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 14th July 2017 at 6:21 am

      Face plant away! You’d be most welcome at the hut too! X

  • Reply Hannah 14th July 2017 at 8:11 am

    Oh these sound delicious! My family would love these as a treat 🙂

  • Reply Helen 14th July 2017 at 9:36 am

    I knew this was going to be amazing without even seeing the photos. OMG just the title had me drooling. I often make a really simple dessert with a prebaked pastry case and use a posh jar of something to fill it, but it’s not easy to find the best ingredients for that. What a brilliant idea to bring in specialist products. To be fair, I would have guessed Ocado would be the ones to supply the special ranges.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 16th July 2017 at 5:06 pm

      Wow, your dessert sounds delicious! Yes Ocado is place to go. Elinor x

  • Reply Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs 14th July 2017 at 9:44 am

    Oh my days! You had me at the title.
    They look absolutely delicious, pinning for later 🙂 x

  • Reply Samantha Bye 14th July 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve never heard the teabag tip before! Definitely giving these a go, chocolate and raspberry are the best combo!

  • Reply rachel neal 14th July 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Don’t these just look amazing. I am definitely going to give these a try myself. Than you for sharing these.

  • Reply Jenny 14th July 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Ooh, chestnut jam sounds absolutely delicious, can’t wait to get my hands on some.

  • Reply Angela Milnes 14th July 2017 at 8:29 pm

    These look super tasty. I have not tried chestnuts before but it i think i’d love it!

  • Reply Thomas Sanderson 15th July 2017 at 7:04 am

    Omg, these look insanely good. Definitely, something I have to do at Christmas. Love me some chocolate and nut combination.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 16th July 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Oh yes that sounds a great idea for Christmas. Elinor x

  • Reply Kirsty 15th July 2017 at 10:48 am

    You can never go wrong with a cholcolate and raspberry combo. I need to make this for a treat now!

  • Reply five little doves 15th July 2017 at 8:29 pm

    WOW these look delicious!! I’ve never had chestnut jam before but I saw the word chocolate and I’m in!!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 16th July 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Oh chestnut jam is like the filling inside posh chocolates, delish! Elinor x

  • Reply Amanda 15th July 2017 at 9:24 pm

    These look super delicious! I don’t think I would even share these with anyone lol. I have to try these at home!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 16th July 2017 at 5:02 pm

      I know what you mean Amanda, they were seriously tasty! Elinor x

  • Reply Sarah 15th July 2017 at 9:35 pm

    You had me at chocolate, but these look AMAZING! I definitely need to try them!

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 16th July 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Oh yes Sarah they are so tasty and very rich, you may need a little snooze afterwards! Elinor x

  • Reply Baby Isabella 16th July 2017 at 4:13 pm

    We love the flavour combination of chocolate and raspberry and they look absolutely delicious! Love the presentation 🙂

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 16th July 2017 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks, they did go down well with my tasters! Elinor x

  • Reply Helen 16th July 2017 at 6:10 pm

    These look and sound delicious. I love the idea of using tea to boost the fruits flavour, I’ll definitely be trying that out for myself.

    • Reply Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook 16th July 2017 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks Helen. I love using flavoured teabags to flavour foods and drinks especially in cocktails! Elinor x

  • Reply Rachel In Real Life 16th July 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Oh my these look absolutely delicious and chocolate and raspberry is a classic combination.

  • Reply Becky Sparkly Mummy 17th July 2017 at 9:59 am

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm these look amazing, real showstoppers

    Thanks for joining #FoodieFriday

  • Reply Jenni 17th July 2017 at 11:04 am

    These look incredible! Definitely the type of desert I would make for friends

  • Reply Rishi Malar 21st July 2017 at 8:33 pm

    So Yum! I always look for delicious recipes but do nothing other than saving them! 🙂 Should give it a try!

  • Leave a Reply