Edible Terrarium in our Little Jungle Terrarium
Terrariums are a big trend right now so why not be a little different and create a delicious visual masterpiece for your next dinner party!
Alice Bennett from Miss Trixie Drinks Tea has shared with us a mouth-watering edible terrarium recipe in our Little Jungle Terrarium to enjoy with friends and family.
- 250g mascarpone
- 1/3 cup icing sugar
- 1/4 cup Dutch cocoa powder
- 125g chocolate biscuits (like Chocolate Ripple biscuits or Oreos).
- 1/4 cup chocolate sauce, ganache or salted caramel
- 75g egg white
- 150g caster sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa, to dust
- 50g quality milk chocolate, melted
- chocolate rocks, which can be purchased at specialty lolly stores or online.
- 1 bunch mint leaves
1. Place mascarpone in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment
2. Whip the mascarpone until smooth and creamy.
3. Sift in the icing sugar and cocoa and beat together.
4. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
1. Place biscuits into a food processor and blitz until they become crumbs
2. Add the sauce and pulse until the crumbs come together like dirt
1. Preheat the oven to 110°C
2. Place caster sugar in a heatproof bowl and place in the oven to heat for 10 – 15 minutes. Ensure the sugar is hot, but does not caramelise.
3. Meanwhile, place egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the beater attachment and beat until soft peaks form.
4. Add hot sugar, 1tbsp at a time, combining between each addition.
5. Continue to beat egg white mixture until it becomes stiff, white and glossy and all the sugar is combined.
6. Using a piping bag fitted with a 0.7cm - 1cm diameter round piping nozzle, spoon meringue into piping bag. Carefully pipe out the bases and caps.
7. Caps should be approximately 2cm wide and bases to be no more than 1cm wide. Try and lift the piping bag up to form bases with a bit of height.
8. Once all of the bases and caps have been piped, sift over and lightly dust meringues with cocoa powder.
9. Bake meringues in the oven for 20 minutes.
10. Open the oven and let the meringues cool with the door slightly ajar.
11. Once completely cool, stick together the bases and the caps with melted chocolate. Allow to set before using.
1. Spoon chocolate mousse into the base of your terrarium.
2. Top with chocolate soil and mint leaves.
3. Sprinkle some more chocolate soil and add in chocolate rocks around the mint to ensure they stay upright and look like a real garden bed.
4. Carefully place mushroom meringues in and around the mint leaves.
Your edible terrarium will be the perfect centerpiece or gift styled in our Little Jungle Donut Terrarium, or for a bigger treat, try using our Oval Terrarium.