simon woodhouse
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Chocolate plate
The white and dark chocolate mousses are simply melted chocolate stirred through whipped cream, the chocolate sauce is just three ingredients and the strawberry coulis is just fruit and sugar (add sparkling wine into the coulis for added 'ooohs' and a special occasion!)

Ingredients (serves 4)
Two bars of 85% cocoa dark chocolate
One large Milky Bar or white cooking chocolate
500 ml double cream
1 tablespoon of clear honey
Large knob of butter
1 pack chocolate brownies
2 triple chocolate cookies
One punnet of strawberries
150g caster sugar
One pack of blueberries
Some fresh mint tips
Cocoa powder to dust plate

1. Chocolate sauce - Melt one pack of the dark chocolate, the honey, the knob of butter and a tablespoon of the double cream together in a bowl in either the microwave or over a pan of hot water. Stir together for a smooth sauce and leave to cool.

2. White and dark chocolate mousses - Melt the second pack of dark and the pack of white chocolate in separate bowls. Whip the double cream and divide equally between the two chocolates and fold in gently to make the two mousses.

3. Strawberry Coulis - Cut the stalks from the strawberries and place in a blender pot or liquidiser. Add the sugar and blitz to a smooth puree.

4. Assembly - Flick the chocolate sauce and the strawberry coulis across the plate first. Use a pair of spoons to make neat shapes of the two mousses then add triangles of the chocolate brownie and cookies. Add blueberries and mint to garnish and a gentle shake of cocoa powder to finish.

Chocolate plate