Vegan Japaneasy Recipe | Chocolate Mousse with Boozy Cherries and Miso-Roasted Pecans

Nicky made and recommended many recipes from Tim Anderson’s Vegan Japaneasy. With kind permission from publishers Hardie Grant we are sharing three of Nicky’s favourites from the book with you.

Chocolate Mousse with Boozy Cherries and Miso-Roasted Pecans Recipe from Vegan Japaneasy Recipe by Tim Anderson

We have already shared Cauliflower Katsu Curry and Rough Night Rice. The last of the three is this decadent Chocolate Mousse with Boozy Cherries and Miso-Roasted Pecans.

Chocolate Mousse with Boozy Cherries and Miso-Roasted Pecans

This recipe isn’t Japanese, but I had to include it because I love the technique so much. It was invented as ‘chocolate chantilly’ by the chemist and food scientist Hervé This, who realised that a suspension of melted chocolate in water has the same kind of physical makeup as double (heavy) cream, so it can be whipped as such. The result is a fabulously light mousse that tastes of pure chocolate – because that’s what it is. The richness of the mousse is balanced by cherries mixed with a bit of whisky, and the miso-roasted pecans add a fantastic salty-nutty crunch. I love this dessert because it looks quite retro, but the flavour is entirely modern.
Servings 4 servings
Author Tim Anderson


Miso-Roasted Pecans

  • 15 grams (⅔ oz / 1 tablespoon) miso
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon caster (superfine sugar)
  • 60 grams (2 oz / generous ½ cup) pecan halves


  • 175 ml (6 fl oz / ¾ cup) water
  • 200 grams (7 oz) dark (plain unsweetened) chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ice, for chilling

To Finish

  • 400 grams (14 oz) tinned cherry pie filling
  • 4 tablespoons Japanese whisky or bourbon
  • or any not-too-smoky whisky


  • Preheat the oven to 160ºC (320°F/Gas 4).

To make the miso-roasted pecans:

  • Mix together the miso, sesame oil and sugar in a bowl. Use your hands to coat the pecans with the miso mixture, then spread out on a baking sheet and roast for 10–15 minutes (check them after 10), until deep brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

To make the mousse:

  • Bring the water to a simmer then add the chocolate and vanilla extract. Simmer until the chocolate is completely melted, then pour into a mixing bowl. Place this bowl inside another bowl half-filled with ice and a bit of water, then whisk the chocolate water as if you were whipping cream. As it cools it will thicken and aerate – stop whipping when the chocolate holds a trail, NOT when it forms peaks, because it is very easy to over-whip. However, if the mixture siezes up and goes grainy, you can just re-melt the chocolate and start over. Cool!

To Finish

  • Scoop the mousse into glasses, ideally crystal so it all looks sufficiently 1970s. Stir the cherry pie filling together with the whisky, then spoon that on top of the mousse. Cover and refrigerate until 30 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with the miso pecans just before tucking in.
Chocolate Mousse with boozy cherries and miso roasted pecans

As cooked by Nicky

If you decide to buy this book after reading our content, please consider clicking through our affiliate link, located within the post and in the footnote at the end.

Extracted from Vegan Japaneasy by Tim Anderson (Hardie Grant, hardback & ebook available) Photography © Nassima Rothacker. 

Please leave a comment - I love hearing from you!
One Comment to "Vegan Japaneasy Recipe | Chocolate Mousse with Boozy Cherries and Miso-Roasted Pecans"

  1. Priya Iyer

    Give me anything with chocolate in it, and I’ll be a happy girl! This mousse looks absolutely delicious. I especially love the miso-roasted pecans.


Please leave a comment - I love hearing from you!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating