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Honey mousse with roast dates, fig and hazelnuts

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for honey mousse with roast dates, fig and hazelnuts by Damien Young from Bistro Felix.

By Damien Young
  • 25 mins preparation
  • 40 mins cooking plus setting, standing, cooling
  • Serves 6
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Honey mousse with roast dates, fig and hazelnuts
“On a trip to WA, we had a night out at Bistro Felix, rounded off by the oh-so-delicious date, fig and mousse dessert. Would Damien Young be willing to pass on the recipe?”
Davina Coles, via email
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  • 5 egg yolks
  • 200 gm honey
  • 3 gelatine leaves (gold strength), softened in cold water
  • 375 ml (1½ cups) pouring cream, whipped to soft peaks
  • 4 small black figs, such as mission, halved
  • 60 gm roasted hazelnuts, peeled and coarsely crushed
Roast dates
  • Pinch each ground cinnamon, cloves and cardamom
  • 12 fresh dates
  • 450 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 150 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 120 gm caster sugar
  • 6 green cardamom pods, bruised
  • 100 ml olive oil


  • 1
    Whisk egg yolks in an electric mixer until thick and pale (5-7 minutes). Combine honey and 75ml water in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until combined. Bring to the boil (be careful not to boil over) and cook until syrup reaches 115C on a sugar thermometer (7-10 minutes). With motor running, gradually pour syrup over yolks (reserving about 2 tbsp in saucepan). Squeeze excess water from gelatine, add to reserved syrup, stir to dissolve, then add to yolk mixture, whisking continuously until cold (7-10 minutes). Gently fold through cream, then spoon mousse into a 1.5-litre container, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set (1-2 hours).
  • 2
    For roast dates, preheat oven to 180C. Bring a small saucepan of water and ground spices to the boil. Add dates, then remove from heat and stand for 5 minutes. When cool enough to handle, peel, remove seeds and place in a small baking dish. Combine fruit juices, sugar, cardamom pods, 225ml water and 1 tsp salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Pour over dates, cover with aluminium foil and roast until tender (6-8 minutes). Remove from oven, remove foil and cool completely in syrup. Remove dates with a slotted spoon and strain syrup through a fine sieve into a clean saucepan. Bring syrup back to the boil over medium heat and cook until reduced by half (15-20 minutes). Add olive oil and whisk to combine.
  • 3
    Serve quenelles of honey mousse with roast dates and figs scattered with hazelnuts and drizzled with spiced syrup.
  • Author: Damien Young