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01.01.2003 -dessert - cake

Basque Beret

« Working with chocolate is a tradition in the Basque Country. This cake revives that tradition with a nod to the beret, always found on the head of a Basque. It’s a light dessert made from meringue and chocolate mousse, sprinkled with cocoa. » 
Type dessertcake – meringue – mousse - chocolate - cookies
Level of difficulty easy
Preparation time Preparation: 20 minutes - Cooking: 10 minutes
Origin Basque Country
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Serves 6


  • 1/3 cup (80 g) egg whites
  • 1/3 cup (40 g) icing sugar
  • 4/5 cup (100 g) powdered sugar
  • 11/3 cups (100 g) ground hazelnuts
  • ¾ oz (20 g) milk chocolate
  • 6 ladyfingers

Chocolate mousse




To prepare the ingredients

  • Crush the ladyfingers
  • Cut the milk chocolate into fine shavings. Mix them together
  • Mix the ground hazelnuts with the icing sugar
  • Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C)
  • Cover the oven tray with a sheet of parchment paper



  • Whip the egg whites into very stiff peaks, add the powdered sugar and whisk again
  • Pour in the ground hazelnut and icing sugar mixture and stir carefully
  • Spoon small heaps of the mixture onto the parchment paper, leaving space between them, and flatten them a little
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes
  • Remove the meringues from the oven and let them cool down
  • While they are cooling, melt the chocolate with 1/3 cup (80 g) cream
    Mix well
  • Whisk the rest of the very cold cream until stiff and carefully add it to the cream/chocolate mixture
  • Scatter the crushed ladyfingers/milk chocolate shavings onto the cooled meringues
  • Spoon the chocolate mousse onto the meringues to form a dome shape.
  • Sprinkle with cocoa powder and keep cool until time to serve.

Suggested drink or wines

Domaine les Mille Vignes – Muscat de Rivesaltes Grand Roussillon 2003

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