Chocolate jelly

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  • Serves 10 - 12 people

Serve biscuits such as shortbread to add texture to the silky jelly. Roasted hazelnuts or walnuts work well, too.

  • Crème fraîche and biscuits, to serve
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  • Bitter chocolate jelly
  • 280 gm caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp espresso-strength coffee
  • 400 gm chocolate (70% cocoa solids), finely chopped
  • 9 titanium-strength gelatine leaves, softened in cold water for 5 minutes
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  • White chocolate jelly
  • 500 ml (2 cups) milk
  • 300 gm couverture white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 titanium-strength gelatine leaves, softened in cold water for 5 minutes
  • 250 gm crème fraîche or sour cream
01   For bitter chocolate jelly, stir sugar, coffee and 1 litre water in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil. Remove from heat, add chocolate, stand for 5 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Squeeze excess water from gelatine, add to chocolate mixture, stir until combined, then set aside to cool slightly, whisking occasionally. Pour into a 2.25-litre fluted mould and refrigerate until set (4-5 hours).
02   For white chocolate jelly, bring milk to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat, then remove from heat, add chocolate, stand for 5 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Squeeze excess water from gelatine and stir into add to chocolate mixture. Gradually whisk in crème fraîche, cool briefly, then pour onto bitter chocolate jelly in mould and refrigerate until set (3-4 hours).
03   Dip mould in a saucepan of hot water, pull jelly gently away from sides to break the vacuum, place a serving plate on top, invert mould and plate, then remove mould. Serve with biscuits and crème fraîche. Jelly can be made 2 days ahead.
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