Belle-helene in a glass

Belle-helene in a glass
It's a recipe where you make 4 layers of different creams in a small glass: vanilla cream, small dice of pear cooked in maple syrup, chocolate mousse and whipped cream. It should be served to your guests cool but not too cold .
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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

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For 6 glasses, you will need:

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47 min.1 hour1 hour 47 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 20 min.
Belle-helene in a glass
Preheat oven to 150°C or 302°F, and boil a large pan of water. Put glasses in a dish or baking sheet.

Divide 200 ml crème brulée mixture (cold) between glasses, to about ¼ depth. Try to pour cream directly into the bottom of each glass without touching the sides, to prevent splashes burning on during cooking.

Stage 2 - 50 min.
Belle-helene in a glass
Put in the oven, and add hot water to the dish. Cook for about 50 minutes, until cream is just set.

Remove glasses from water and leave for 2 hours to cool to room temperature, then put in the fridge.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
Belle-helene in a glass
Cut 4 Pears into small dice, and pour over juice of ½ lemon.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
Belle-helene in a glass
Put 4 tablespoons maple syrup in a pan on medium heat, add the diced pears.

Stage 5 - 10 min.
Belle-helene in a glass
Cook on medium heat until all liquid has evaporated. You can cook it a little longer if you like a caramelised flavour. Leave to cool as for the cream.

Prepare 200 ml Chocolate mousse and 200 ml Chantilly cream.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
Belle-helene in a glass
Begin assembly:

Add a tablespoon of cold diced pears to each glass, to about the same depth as the bottom layer.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
Belle-helene in a glass
On the pears, add the same depth of chocolate mousse (using a teaspoon or a forcing bag).

Stage 8 - 5 min.
Belle-helene in a glass
On the chocolate, add a layer of whipped cream, again using a forcing bag.

Sprinkle with a pinch of cocoa powder to finish.
This dessert can easily be prepared the day before, and be kept in the fridge until serving. Even so, I advise you to prepare and add the final layer of whipped cream the last minute if possible.
Several hours in the fridge, covered by a plastic film.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,499 Kcal or 6,276 Kj28 gr276 gr145 gr
75 %11 %26 %22 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
104 Kcal or 435 Kj2 gr19 gr10 gr
5 %1 %2 %2 %
Per glass
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
250 Kcal or 1,047 Kj5 gr46 gr24 gr
12 %2 %4 %4 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 glasses : 5.44 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Crème brulée mixtureCrème brulée mixture: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example:
Chantilly creamChantilly cream: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Diplomat cream, Strawberry Charlotte, Rice pudding with chestnuts and poached pears, Viennese chocolate cups, Peach Melba, ... All
Chocolate mousseChocolate mousse: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example:
PearsPears: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Fruit salad, 4 pears salad with vanilla, Sautéed pears with custard and orange syrup , Pear and lime meringue pie, Apple and pear tart, ... All
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