Kika’s cherry chocolate dessert

Ask a Chef reveals the secrets of those superb dishes you ate in cafes and restaurants and wanted to try yourself.


The chocolate coconut mousse

1 litre of good quality thick coconut cream (We use the Kara brand)

165g water

165g sugar

375g dark chocolate



Put the sugar and the water together in a pan and bring to the boil, put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and sit it on a pan of simmering water (bain marie). Pour the warm sugar mixture over the chocolate.

Add the coconut cream and keep stirring until the chocolate has fully dissolved in the mixture.

Pour the mix into tubs and let it set for 6 hours or overnight.


Poached cherries

Pit and halve 300g of cherries, mix with 30ml of orange liqueur and 1 cup sugar

Put on the heat and poach until just cooked, about 5min. Allow to cool



640g chocolate 70%

25g oil

270 hazelnuts roasted and skin rubbed off

26g vegetable oil

70g powdered sugar

5g vanilla extract

10g salt

15g cocoa powder



Blend everything except chocolate

Heat chocolate over a bain marie or in the microwave until melted then add to mix and blend a bit more

Put in a tub then freeze overnight

Microplane the frozen Nutella into a tub.

This recipe will make heaps but there are plenty of uses for it. Keep it in the fridge or freezer.


To serve

Spoon the chocolate mousse into a metal ring and on to a serving plate. Run a blowtorch around the metal ring and carefully remove the ring from the mousse. Spoon over the cherries, cover with the Nutella. Then spoon on coconut ice cream. (We make this at Kika using a Pacojet/ice cream machine but for home just buy a good quality coconut ice cream.) Finish with freeze-dried cherries.


Recipe provided by Kika Wanaka

Recipe requested by Kat Anderson


If you have enjoyed a dish at an Otago cafe or restaurant and would like the recipe, write to Ask a Chef, Features, Otago Daily Times, PO Box 517, Dunedin, fax 474-7422, or email, including your name, address and a daytime telephone number, and we will request it.

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