deZaan Crimson Red Mole with Roasted Cauliflower

deZaan Crimson Red Mole with Roasted Cauliflower

Cocoa mole sauce
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Finishing Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Mole Sauce
Servings: 15 80g portions


Part 1: For Mole

  • 3 pcs each of the following mixed dried chilli:- Guajillo - Ancho - Pasilla
  • 160 g Medium Onion ( chopped )
  • 6 Garlic cloves ( chopped )
  • 2-3 tomatoes ( charred and diced )
  • 1 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 20 g Nut Butter
  • 960 ml vegetable stock
  • 0.5 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 0.5 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground allspice
  • 1 tsp Ground clove
  • 1 tbsp Caster sugar
  • 60 g deZaan Holland Crimson Red 22/24% Dutched Cocoa Powder ( Quantity of powder is by taste preference. Recommend 70g for a more intense flavor)


Part 1: Method

  • Using shears and gloves, open up dried chillies. Remove stems & seeds.
  • Cut up the chillies, place in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow them to soak for 15-20 minutes.
  • In a large (deep) saucepan, sweat onions with oil until soft. (medium to high heat).
  • Lower heat to low/medium heat. Add in tomatoes, garlic and tomato paste.
  • Stir nut butter, vegetable stock and spices. Stir until combined.
  • Add soaked chillies and the soaking liquid. Bring to a gently simmer.
  • Once ingredients have been combined, blend using an immersion blender (hand-blender). Blend until smooth.
  • Simmer for an hour.
  • Add Cocoa powder and stir (addition of cocoa powder can be adjusted by personal taste).
  • Mole should be thick and very aromatic.
  • Enjoy on some roasted vegetables or meat enchiladas.

Part 2: Assemble - For use with roasted vegetables

  • Clean & cut preferred vegetables.
  • If using Cauliflower, pre-cook by boiling to crudite texture.
  • Strain & season with olive oil & salt. Roast in oven to achieve a nice coloring.
  • Take out of oven and allow to cool down slightly.
  • Plate mole in a circular shape onto plate.
  • Place roasted vegetables in a decorative manner over the top of the mole.
  • Finish with beatcress & a couple of halved blackberries.

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