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The April 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Evelyne of the blog Cheap Ethnic Eatz. Evelyne chose to challenge everyone to make a maple mousse in an edible container. Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 27th to May 27th at!

I did mine few hours ago and this was absolutely last minute work.  Could not spend much time.  Its  because I am just getting ready for my vacation :) Happily held up with so many works like shopping.  But sadly not good with my health :(.....Ok coming to this month challenge, I choose to do the vegan Maple which tasted so delicious, easy to do and I had all the ingredients in hand.  And the container is coffee cinnamon Jell-O (using agar agar) which worked wonderfully with creamy vegan maple mousse. Hope you all enjoy the virtual treat!!!  I am also posting the nuts bowl and the Maple mousse using egg yolks you can give it a try as well.




Soft silken tofu - 1 package
Pure maple syrup - 3/4 cup
Agar-agar - 2 tsp 



1. Let tofu come to room temperature. Using a food processor, blender, or hand mixer, blend tofu until just smooth. (But I did not blend very smooth)
2. Sprinkle agar-agar on the maple syrup and let it rest for 10 minutes. Heat maple syrup on the stove to a boil and then let it simmer 5 minutes until the agar-agar has dissolved.
3. In a food processor, blender, or a large bowl, blend the tofu with the maple syrup until creamy(I like little bit grainy).
4. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Remove from the fridge and divide among your edible containers.




Instant coffee - 1 tbsp
Water - 3 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1 /2 cup
Cinnamon stick - 2
Agar agar - 1 1/2 tsp


1. Place the water, coffee, Cinnamon, sugar in a small saucepan and bring to gentle boil.
2. Heat until sugar dissolves.
3. Add the agar agar powder in the boiling water until it dissolves.
4. Pour it in the moulds and let it set.
5. Then fill it with the mousse.



Crushed nuts of your choice such as almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts - 1 1/2 cups
Egg - 1 beaten room temperature
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Dark chocolate pieces - 1/2 cup 



1. Use a food processor or a zip-lock back with a rolling pin to crush your nuts if whole, use about 1 cup of whole nuts to get 3/4 cups crushed. You want it somewhat coarse.
2. In a bowl mix the nuts with the beaten egg and the sugar.
3. Take 6 small ½ cup capacity Pyrex cups or a similar container and line the inside with aluminum foil. Spread ¼ cup of the mixture in the bowl, all the way up to the sides making sure you have a thin and even clean layer all around.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F/175 degrees C. until the nuts are golden and fragrant (about 15 minutes). Let cool completely before unmolding.
5. Melt chocolate (either in the microwave or over a double boiler). Dip the rims of the cooled nut bowls in the chocolate. Place in the freezer for at least 15 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened and is set.



Pure maple syrup (not maple-flavored syrup) - 1 cup
Egg yolks -  4 large
Unflavored gelatin - 1 package
Whipping cream (35% fat content) - 1 1/2 cups


1. Bring maple syrup to a boil then remove from heat.
2. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks and pour a little bit of the maple syrup in while whisking (this is to temper your egg yolks so they don’t curdle).

GEETHA ACHAL  – (April 27, 2011 at 7:53 AM)  

Looks so different...Lovely clicks...Thanks for sharing...

Unknown  – (April 27, 2011 at 7:57 AM)  

Yummilicious mousse...awesome presentation Pavi!

My Kitchen Antics  – (April 27, 2011 at 8:10 AM)  

the colours are so autumnal..sooo pretty and im sure it tasted brilliant

Nitha  – (April 27, 2011 at 8:34 AM)  

Interesting one.. Nice cliks too...

Reshmi Mahesh  – (April 27, 2011 at 8:37 AM)  

Excellent clicks and recipe sounds interesting...

My Inspired Reality  – (April 27, 2011 at 8:41 AM)  

Wow, looks absolutely delicious. Love that edible container too:):)

Anonymous –   – (April 27, 2011 at 8:41 AM)  

I love your vegan version! Your presentation is amazing!

Sailaja Damodaran  – (April 27, 2011 at 8:47 AM)  

Nice presentation........... love the click.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes)  – (April 27, 2011 at 8:50 AM)  

Edible containers look super cute n the presentation too..
Tc of ur wishes...


Reshmi  – (April 27, 2011 at 8:59 AM)  

itz such an excellent job...elegant!!!

shelley c.  – (April 27, 2011 at 9:01 AM)  

Coffee gelee looks like a great accompaniment for the maple mousse! Really great job on the challenge.

Sravs  – (April 27, 2011 at 9:12 AM)  

so cute and awesome job !! looks so yummy !!

Nithya  – (April 27, 2011 at 9:20 AM)  

Looks fantastic. Yummy and awesome :) wish I could taste the bowl of delicious dish right away :)

Menaga Sathia  – (April 27, 2011 at 9:29 AM)  

வித்தியாசமா ரொம்ப நல்லாயிருக்கு...

Renata  – (April 27, 2011 at 9:40 AM)  

absolutely gorgeous!! You did an AMAZING job! Your photos are stunning!

Hamaree Rasoi  – (April 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM)  

for the last 10 minutes I'm just looking at the beautiful pictures of fabulous looking mousse

Hamaree Rasoi

Satrupa  – (April 27, 2011 at 11:00 AM)  

Gurl you simply wooow me with your culinary n photography skills.


Hari Chandana P  – (April 27, 2011 at 11:32 AM)  

Wowwwwwwwwwwww... Awesome presentation.. thanks for sharing !!
Indian Cuisine

Vimitha Durai  – (April 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM)  

Feel like grabbing one now... Looks yum and awesome clicks...

Shumaila  – (April 27, 2011 at 12:27 PM)  

You call this last minute work! You got to be kidding me! The container and the mousse look beeeeaaautiful! Lovely photographs! I wish I had those skills!

Priya Suresh  – (April 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM)  

Omg, wat a wonderful looking dessert, simply irresistible, the jello container looks soo cute..

divya  – (April 27, 2011 at 3:20 PM)  

Simply inviting and tempting mousse,yumm! wonderful clicks..

Nandita SS  – (April 27, 2011 at 4:52 PM)  

Loved the way you have presented these Pavithra!!! Take care of your health :)

Unknown  – (April 27, 2011 at 5:22 PM)  

Lovely mousse in cinnamon cup.

Carolyn Jung  – (April 27, 2011 at 10:44 PM)  

Beautiful creation. I love how you created the tiny jello cup out of the big jello cup to put on the side, too.

Shylaja  – (April 27, 2011 at 10:55 PM)  

Looks so delicious.Loved your edible container
South Indian Home

Rama  – (April 27, 2011 at 11:01 PM)  

Wow I am speechless seeing your presentation. Those Jello shapes looks like a boat which can be featured in a James Bond movie. Appreciate your fantastic idea and creativity.

Anonymous –   – (April 28, 2011 at 2:28 AM)  

Your pictures are just amazing!
and the idea of coffee and cinnamon jello is brilliant!
Great job on the challenge

suma  – (April 28, 2011 at 3:33 AM)  

Boy o boy!! U did all this at the last minute when you are not well and also getting ready to go on a vacation?? Superwoman - have fun!

This is really really novel Pavithra! What a fabulous idea for a kids party!

Andrea  – (April 28, 2011 at 4:17 AM)  

I love your idea of maple mousse with coffee, and your jello cups came out wonderful.
I think maple mousse and coffee make a delicious combination and this is something I'm definitely going o try. I never tried soft silken tofu so I'm very curious about that too.:)
Your photos are wonderful and have such a nice atmosphere, almost like it's autumn.

Prathima Rao  – (April 28, 2011 at 5:43 AM)  

Amazing clicks Pavithra!!!! And this a new & interesting dessert :)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (April 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM)  

extremely beautiful pavi. Great attempt and quite an wonderful dessert

Namitha  – (April 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM)  

What shall I say ? Awesome? fantastic? fabulous? ...or everything :-)Great job girl ! You are as creative as ever !

Bobbie  – (April 28, 2011 at 5:04 PM)  

What beautiful photos
Bobbie from bobbie'sbakingblog

Sanjeeta kk  – (April 28, 2011 at 8:32 PM)  

Lovely pictures, Pavithra! Like the coffee flavors and the vegan version. Very creative indeed.

aipi  – (April 28, 2011 at 10:33 PM)  

Really blown away by the originality, what a great recipe - I have no words for your photos...You ROCK!
US Masala

Cham  – (April 29, 2011 at 12:00 AM)  

Very creative the bowl idea :)

Zareena  – (April 29, 2011 at 5:13 AM)  

Ufff.. lovely mindblowing, amazing click dear. you rock.. no words to describe. Good creativity.

Rosa's Yummy Yums  – (April 29, 2011 at 8:01 AM)  

Great job! I love that jello. An exquisite dessert.



Aparna Balasubramanian  – (April 30, 2011 at 7:55 AM)  

Coffe and cinnamon sounds interesting. Your jello bowls look absolutely gorgeous!

Vardhini  – (April 30, 2011 at 6:00 PM)  

First time here. Very exotic and yummy. Photos look great.


Prema  – (April 30, 2011 at 9:13 PM)  

Amazing Desert...Love the coffee flavor and Vegan version...Pictures and Presentation are too gud.

Renata  – (May 1, 2011 at 12:30 AM)  

Pavithra, congratulations, you are one of the 5 finalists for the most creative edible container for the DBs! YAY!!!
I hope you don't mind me showing off your photo (linked back to your blog, of course) on my blog.

Cooking Rookie  – (May 2, 2011 at 6:08 PM)  

Wonderful presentation - so elegant! and it sounds that the flavors should also match very nicely. Beautiful job on this challenge :-). You're an inspiration to me!

Unknown  – (May 3, 2011 at 1:07 PM)  

oh my darling you super creative, voted for you good luck with it....they are wonderful!

Rinku Naveen  – (May 8, 2011 at 8:16 PM)  

Hi Pavithra
What a superb presentation!! Feel like just grabbing one. Clicks are too good.
Thanks for visiting my space.
Happy to follow you..

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