Saffron-poached pears with chocolate mousse

Jun Tanaka makes a deliciously decadent dessert of dark chocolate mousse and golden poached pears that serves two for less than £5.
By Jun Tanaka
Saffron-poached pears with chocolate mousse
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes plus overnight infusing and 20 minutes chilling
  • Effort: easy


For the pears

  • 4 pears, peeled
  • 750 ml water
  • 300 g caster sugar
  • 01/2 lemons
  • 01 pinches saffron
  • 1 vanilla pod

For the chocolate mousse

  • 200 g dark chocolate
  • 80 ml milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 egg whites
  • 20 g caster sugar

To serve

  • 20 g chocolate
  • 4 sprigs mint


1. For the pears: add all 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.

5. 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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