Title: Death by Chocolate
Character/s: Merlin, Morgana
Summary:Merlin has the recipe for the best chocolate dessert ever and Morgana helps him make it.
Word Count: 1213 (sorry!)
Prompt: #225, Recipe
Author's Notes: I apologize for the standard measurements- if you want the metric, let me know and I'll figure them out. :) Part of my Rising Star 'verse.
The next day found Merlin grocery shopping. He’d invited Morgana to his flat tonight to help make something special that he knew she would enjoy. She’d mentioned how much she loved chocolate so he was now shopping for the ingredients to the ultimate chocolate dessert—Death by Chocolate. Containing several forms of chocolate, it was the richest chocolate concoction he knew of.
He gradually finished shopping, checked out and headed for home. The brownie layer had to be baked ahead of time so it could cool enough to not melt the mousse layer. He mixed unsweetened chocolate, sugar, vanilla, flour, chopped macadamia nuts, and margarine. After that he spread it into a spring form pan and set it to bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. He pulled it out when it was done and set it on a rack to cool.
Merlin glanced at the clock and realized Morgana would be here any minute. He gathered together the ingredients and tools he’d need for the truffle mousse layer and spread them on the counter. As soon as he’d done that, a knock sounded at the door. He rushed over to open it.
Standing there was Morgana, but not the polished beauty he was used to seeing. This Morgana wore a slightly baggy jacket, huge sunglasses and a camera. Her hair was tucked up into a baseball cap and she carried a map that read “Greater London Area.” He could hardly believe what he was seeing, let alone hold back laughter. He gestured for her to come inside and shut the door behind her.
“Hiya,” she said and blew a bubble with the gum she had in her mouth.
He couldn’t help himself any longer—he burst into laughter. After a few second, she joined him. When it ran its course, he said, “I’m sorry; you just look so unlike you.”
She grinned. “That’s the idea. It’s not so easy to be me, you know?”
“Oh, I remember.” He bent down and gave her a light kiss. “So, are you ready to experience Death by Chocolate?”
“Of course I am. Your words are music to my chocoholic ears.” She took off her camera, hat, sunglasses, and jacket and followed him into the kitchen. “Mm, it smells great in here.”
“That’s just the brownie part. We’re going to work on the truffle mousse now.”
“Oh stop it, you’re making my mouth water.”
“Good. Now let’s get this going—it has to chill for four hours.” He mused for a few seconds. “Of course we could always speed it up by putting it in the freezer.”
She grinned back at him. “All right, what do we have to do first?”
He handed her a liquid measuring cup with water. “Pour that into the pan over there.” She did this while he opened an envelope of unflavored gelatin. He sprinkled that onto the water and let it stand for 2 minutes while he measured out the butter. He handed it to Morgana and told her to put it in the pan and heat it. “Stir it until it boils.”
He turned to the blender and dumped chocolate chips inside. Then he added sugar. He blended it then turned to ask Morgana, “Is it boiling yet?”
“Okay. Now pour it into the blender.” She did this and set down the pan. “Great, now pour those egg yolks in.” She picked up the prep bowl with the eggs and did so. “Okay, now put the vanilla in too.” After she did that, he blended the mixture for a minute or so. “We need the pan again.” She moved it over and he poured the mixture into it then sat it on the stove again.
“Now what?” she asked.
“Stir that until it thickens. I’ve got to get ready for the next step.” He took one huge bowl over to the freezer and dumped ice into it. He then took it over to the sink then filled it part way with water. He set it down then picked up a large bowl that would fit inside the huge one. He brought it over to Morgana and asked, “How’s it going?”
“It looks pretty thick. See?” She dipped the spoon in and brought it back out.
“Good. Turn off the heat and pour it into this bowl.”
She did then asked, “What now?”
He picked up the bowl and sat it in the bowl of ice water. “Now it chills for a little while.” He handed her a package of tube-shaped cookies. “Cut these in half crosswise.” He pointed to a cutting board and knife.
“I think I can handle that,” she smirked.
He watched her for a few minutes then checked the chocolate mixture. It was sufficiently thick, so he scooped about one-quarter of it into a pastry bag. He placed this in the refrigerator then walked over to where the brownie was cooling. He felt it; it was cool enough to pour half of the chilled mix over. After that, he turned to Morgana and saw she was finished cutting the cookies. “Bring those over here, will you?”
“Right.” She brought the cutting board over.
“Thanks, love.” He bent down to give her a quick kiss.
She smiled into it, then broke away. “Well? Let’s finish.”
“Okay. Lay these cut side down around the top edge.”
“What are you going to do?”
“Whip the cream.” He poured heavy whipping cream into the mixer bowl and began beating it. When it looked good, he folded it into the rest of the chocolate mixture. He picked up that bowl and brought it over to the pan where Morgana had finished with the cookies. She watched with anticipation as he spread that mixture over the pan’s contents. “Would you get the pastry bag out of the fridge for me?”
“Sure. Are you going to decorate with this?”
“You got it.” She watched as he decorated around the edges of the now-complete dessert.
“You’re really good at this.”
“I should be. My mum demands it for her birthday every year.”
Morgana laughed. “I think I’m going to like her.”
Merlin paused his movement. “Really?”
“Yeah.” She smiled then leaned up to kiss him. He was just getting into it when she broke away. “More of that later.”
“Oh. Yes. We need to get this in to chill.” She opened the fridge for him and he slid it inside. “And now we wait.”
She slid an arm around him. “And what should we do while we wait?”
“Well, the Olympics are on. We could—”
A pair of lips had driven the thoughts completely from his mind. Four hours later, Merlin pulled the pan from the fridge and cut two small slices.
“Aw, why so small?” Morgana asked from behind him.
“This really is the most decadent thing ever. If you can finish this slice, I’ll be amazed.”
They sat at the table and ate. Merlin was right—this was the richest chocolate concoction she’d ever tasted. But she was just able to finish the slice. “Mm, that really was the best dessert ever.”
“I told you.” He laid his fork down. “Now, where were we?” He leaned over and gave her a toe-curling kiss that she’d never forget.
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
½ c. plus 2 Tbsp. flour
1 c. macadamia nuts, chopped
½ c. margarine
½ c. water
1 ¼ c. butter
1-12 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
5 egg yolks
1 c. heavy cream
1 pkg. chocolate tube-shaped cookies
Place water in 2-qt. saucepan. Sprinkle with gelatin and let stand 2 minutes. Add butter then heat, stirring, until mix boils. Chop chocolate chips and sugar in a blender. Pour boiling mix into chocolate. Add egg yolks and vanilla and blend. Return to pan and cook until it thickens. Pour chocolate mix into a large bowl. Place bowl into a larger bowl of ice water. Chill until thickened. Place ¼ of choc. mix in a pastry bag and refrigerate. Pour half of remaining chilled mix over cooled brownie. With sharp knife, cut each cookie crosswise. Put cut side down around top edge of mousse in pan. Beat whipping cream then fold into remaining choc. Mix. Spread over choc. mix in pan. Decorate with the choc. mix in pastry bag. Refrigerate 4 hours. Makes 12 servings.