Friday, July 8, 2011

Parlez-vous Français? Part II: Chocolate Mousse


After quite a long break from blogging, we are back with a recipe for another French dessert. It’s a rich, creamy chocolate mousse, which can be made with your favorite flavor. This dessert is perfect to be served in individual bowls/cups at parties and can be made a few days in advance. But more importantly, there is no cooking or baking involved, making it a super easy (and super fun!) dessert.

150 g dark chocolate (~3/4 cup, melted)
3 eggs, whites and yolks separated
50g butter (just under 1/4 cup)
4 tbsp sugar
Your choice of flavor (raspberry, mint, rum, lemon zest, orange zest, coffee, etc.)

1. Melt the chocolate and add butter to it immediately so that the butter will melt as well.

2. Beat egg yolks and add your chosen flavor to it. You will have to adjust the quantity according to your liking. So far we have used raspberry (~10-12 puréed raspberries), and orange (~1/2 tbsp zest + 1/2 tbsp orange juice). It can also be made with just chocolate without any extra flavor.

3. Add the egg yolk mixture to the chocolate and butter mixture.

4. Beat egg whites until foamy, then add sugar slowly while whipping and continue till stiff peaks are formed.

5. Fold a few spoonfuls of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and then add the chocolate mixture to the whites and fold until completely incorporated. Make sure you do this gently. Do not whisk the mixture.

6. Pour the mixture into serving bowls (or a big bowl if you just want to scoop it out and serve) and refrigerate for a few hours. It can be stored in a refrigerator for up to a week, but it is so delicious that it probably won’t last that long :).


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