Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hits the Spot Again! Chocolate Mousse Goodness

     Few desserts always hit the spot, chocolate mousse is always one of them.  After all who doesn't love chocolate?  Many consider chocolate mousse to be just the grown up version of chocolate pudding, I am not so sure on that, especially since I have never been a chocolate pudding fan.  Chocolate mousse however is a whole other story.

     Chocolate mousse began as a classic dessert in France, but came to the US during a Food Exposition in NYC in 1892.  Obviously this dessert caught on and is now everywhere.  Everyone has their own spin on the standard recipe as well.  I personally like mine to be dark chocolate with just the slightest hint of cinnamon.  I make this and serve with mint, berries, or shaved chocolate for garnish  Serve in martini glasses and they make for an impressive, yet completely simple dessert.  And remember chocolate mousse is a dessert that is always best shared, whether is be that special someone, the family or girls night, you can not go wrong with this recipe.


Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

5 ounces semi sweet chocolate, finely chopped or grated
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
2 tablespoons hot water
1 cup cold heavy cream
3 large eggs, separated
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preparation

Combine the chocolate, butter, cinnamon, and hot water in the top of a double boiler over hot water, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool until the chocolate is just slightly warm.
Meanwhile, whip the cream to soft peaks, then refrigerate. Once the melted chocolate has cooled slightly, whip the egg whites in a medium bowl until they are foamy and beginning to hold a shape.

Sprinkle in the sugar and beat until soft peaks form.

When the chocolate has reached the proper temperature, stir in the yolks. Gently stir in about one-third of the whipped cream. Fold in half the whites just until incorporated, then fold in the remaining whites, and finally the remaining whipped cream.

 Refrigerate overnight.

3 comments:

Chris's Gourmet Fashion said...

Definitely sounds absolutely decadent! I can see how this would be better shared in company (otherwise you may just end up eating the lot:)

Mario said...

Hello there! Well, you have hit the spot again! I love chocolate and your chocolate mousse looks deeeelicious! Your art of cooking is really the art of living; simplicity, making good memories, creating great food and always…sharing these experiences with someone. You my friend are both a chef of fine food and fine living. Bravo!

Kim - Liv Life said...

AHhh...!! You can't go wrong with chocolate Mousse!! I haven't made one in years... actually, I'm not sure my kids even really know what it is. I must change that!