We were trying to come up with a good name for this recipe and someone suggested it looked like another recipe with a name I prefer not to say. After a lot of thought I thought Heaven in a Pan was a perfect name for this dessert. My mom and I made up the recipe and I’ll warn you now (before you start calling me Paula Deen) that this is a special occasion recipe. Eating a lot of it will make you fat. Eating it everyday may give you diabetes. You’ve been warned. The good news is it’s very rich and you really can’t eat very much of it at once.
What you’re looking at there is a layer of pecan and graham cracker crust, a layer of dark chocolate ganache, a layer of cinnamon chocolate mousse, a layer of whipped cream, and a sprinkling of pecans. Yum.
My mom and I made up this recipe. It is really forgiving. The only part that really matters is you have to have equal oz of dark chocolate and heavy whipping cream when you make the ganache. The rest of it you can play with–even add your own style!
Let’s start with the crust:
Next comes the ganache. My mom usually does this part, but basically you’re going to need equal amount in oz of dark chocolate (she uses Ghiradelli chips) and heavy whipping cream (she uses Dean’s in the brown carton). It’s really easy to make. We use the Rose Levy Beranbaum method. Very fast.
Pour half of your ganache into your pan. Pour the other half into a bowl for later and put it in the fridge.
Put your pan in the fridge and now we’ll move on to the other layers.
Cinnamon Chocolate Mousse Layer
Put the ganache, whipped cream and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and mix it up until it looks like mousse. I use the KitchenAid for this one because it makes it quick.
Take a big rubber spatula and pop this mousse on top of your ganache layer.
Hold on there. We’re almost done. Don’t eat the screen yet!
Now you’re going to add your whipped cream for the final layer. You can pipe or smear this on. We piped and it took more than we thought it would.
Finally you can sprinkle some pecans on top and if you want more flavor you can do my cinnamon trick that looks so pretty. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top of the whipped cream and then blow lightly over it to spread. It makes for a beautiful effect. :)
Enjoy my recipe. I hope you try it. Best of luck to you.