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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Dark Chocolate Mousse

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I have a very special place in my heart for Chocolate Mousse. I remember many years ago it was my parents anniversary and we decided to make a special dinner for them. The dessert of choice was chocolate mousse. I think I was probably only seven at the time but I remember helping to make this dessert. I remember shaving the chocolate from a bar and I remember how the chocolate mousse was light and wonderful. It could be that this is when my real love affair with chocolate, good chocolate, really began.

The only other thing I remember making that early on was french toast - but that is a story for another day.

I have seen alot of chocolate mousse recipes out there, but so many of them have egg yolks in them. Then, a couple of years ago I found this recipe in one of Wolfgang Puck's cookbooks (Wolfgang Puck Makes It Easy) and I haven't looked back since.

Now, it's true you can't serve this one to the kiddos or the pregos (hehe), but this is a fun, easy recipe to make. No gelatin, no yolks, very few ingredients - yea, it pretty much makes me think it is fairly close to healthy and I could just eat it all myself. If you were here though I would totally share - see?

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Admittedly, this mousse is a bit thicker and richer because I altered the recipe slightly as shown below and left out the second installment of whipped cream. I've made it both ways and it is awesome either way - it just depends on how chocolately you really want it to be. Also, it will be a little lighter and airyer (is that even a word?) if you add the whipped cream. No matter what though, this is just a dreamy, easy dessert. I served mine in these cute little espresso cups I found at a local kitchen store, but Wolfgang serves his piped into pretty clear glasses - which is much prettier, but frankly, I didn't have the patience and ate this pretty much as soon as it was mixed up.

Speaking of my favorite chocolately desserts, don't forget to get on over to Blake Makes to see what some of the Blake Bakers (yours truly included) have been up to. You may remember from Tuesday that I gave you a sneak peak at a chocolate dessert I made for my very first Blake Bakes post - you can now find out what that was and get the recipe for yourself.

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Chocolate Mousse
(Adapted from Wolfgang Puck Makes It Easy)
Makes six servings.

Tips from the book:
Use the best chocolate and don't overbeat the egg whites or the cream.

6 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
3/4 cup (+ 3/4 cup heavy cream)
4 egg whites
pinch of salt
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup sugar

Place your finely chopped chocolate in a medium-sized heatproof bowl. Bring 3/4 cup of the cream just to a boil in the microwave or in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour over the chopped chocolate and tap the bowl once on the counter to settle the chocolate into the cream. Allow to rest for 1 minute, then using a heatproof rubber spatula, slowly stir the mixture to melt and combine, starting in the center and work your way out - keep stirring until smooth and all the chocolate has melted. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment (or a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer) beat the egg whites until they begin to foam. Add the salt and cream of tartar and continue beating at medium speed until they form soft, slighty drooping peaks when the beaters are lifted. Still beating, add the sugar and continue beating until the egg whites form stiff but not dry peaks.

Fold the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture gently with a rubber spatula until fully blended.

You can either spoon into your serving dishes at this point like I did and chill the dessert until you are ready to eat or continue on with the remaining instructions for a bit lighter texture and flavor.

In the same bowl in which you beat the egg whites, beat the remaining 3/4 cup of cream on medium speed until it forms soft peaks 1 to 2 minutes - do not overbeat. Gently fold this into the egg white and chocolate mixture.

Spoon the mixture into individual glasses or dishes and refrigerate until well chilled - about two hours. Serve with a bit of lightly sweetened whipped cream and decorate with chocolate shavings if you want.

9 comments:

Steph said...

Holly, this looks absolutely decedent! I could eat it up right now! I've always wanted to try to make this, but never have. One of my favorites!

Manggy said...

Ooh, that looks really decadent :) If you want to make it for pregnant women or the immunocompromised, just use reconstituted meringue powder :)

Allergy Mom said...

Pasteurized eggs. That's all I want to say! Libby

Deborah said...

I have memories of chocolate mousse from my childhood as well, but it involved a local buffet. I'm sure it wasn't as good as this!!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

That spoon shot is just too yummy to look at!

michelle @ TNS said...

no yolks, you say?

i want to dive into that cup headfirst.

i would do it, too.

Marysol said...

Phemom, you're such a tease. But with those delectable pictures, I'm sold.

bakersbakery said...

Didn't I see this on TasteSpotting yesterday?
Looks delicious!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Wow, Holly! That is gorgeous - it looks so creamy and light and wonderful - like a chocolate cloud!

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