Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Chocolate Chip Mousse - Random Recipe 6

After having failed in my attempts to persuade Green & Black's to give me a copy of their new chocolate cookbook, Ultimate, to review, I took the hump and refused to buy it. Luckily, CT realised the error of my ways and bought it for me for my birthday. As I've only had it a few days, it is my current favourite chocolate cookbook sitting in pride of place on my bedside table. So, with Dom's Random Recipe challenge this month to draw something from your favourite cookbook, this is the one it had to be. CT did the usual honours, closed his eyes and opened the book at Marbled Mousse. Oh no, mousse! Although I love the taste and texture of mousse, I'm always rather wary of making it due to the raw eggs. Hey ho, it's what Dom had decreed; so despite a temptation to cheat and get CT to alight on a different recipe, my Honest John persona came to the fore - Dom, please note my halo here! As there were only two of us, I halved the quantities given in the recipe.

This is how I did it:
  • Melted 65g 85% dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water, then left to cool.
  • Attempted to melt 50g white chocolate in a similar way - is it just me or is it G&B chocolate that refuses to melt properly?
  • Whisked 2 duck egg yolks and 40g caster sugar with electric beaters for about 5 minutes until pale and thick.
  • Whisked 200g double cream until thick.
  • Whisked the 2 leftover whites until stiff.
  • Deviated from the recipe by removing 1/2 of the yolk mixture and whisking in the soft but not melted white chocolate.
  • Folded in 1/2 of the cream, then half of the egg white.
  • Folded in the remaining cream followed by egg white into the egg yolk mixture that hadn't had the white chocolate added.
  • Folded in the the dark chocolate. My guess is at this point I should have had a nice dark chocolate mousse. What actually happened was the chocolate started reforming as I stirred, so it was really a chocolate chip mousse.
  • Lightly folded the two mousses together, although it was hard to see the difference in colour because of the choc chip factor mentioned above.
  • Spooned into three large wine glasses.
  • Decorated with dark chocolate shavings.
If you are not into washing up, this is not a dessert to take on lightly; five bowls were used in the making of this mousse (six if you include the one on my scales) and a saucepan. The process would have been somewhat simpler if the white chocolate had melted as I wouldn't have needed to divide the mixture until after I'd added the cream and egg whites. However, despite my qualms, the mousse tasted fantastic and had a real air of luxury about it - not too sweet and with an unexpected (and unintended!) but perfectly pleasant texture. Perhaps not the airiest of mousses due to the double cream, but it was much lighter than say a fool or even a syllabub. This amount would have easily filled 4 small wine glasses. On reflection, this would have been a better bet and would have lasted us two days; as it was, there didn't seem much point hanging on to just one lone pudding! We both discovered we were scraping our spoons around the glass to get the last vestiges into our mouths - that must surely be a good sign.

27 comments:

  1. This is so yoummy! I love the pic, my mouth is watering . . . Have a nice day

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  2. Your halo is super shiny and I'm v v impressed- I think I'd have been too nervous to try such a magnificent dessert! It looks fabulous!

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  3. That looks very very good...worth the 5 bowl washing up I would say. x

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  4. This does indeed look very very good! I've bookmarked the recipe!

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  5. well, I can quite literally see your halo shining from over the Lincolnshire Wolds!... sort of... I mean COME ON... this is mousse for goodness sake, food of the gods surely?... anyway, it looks really really good and I thank you from the bottom of my dirty halo for taking part in this months challenge! xx

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  6. Well, I hope you have a kitchen porter for all that washing up!!!
    I wouldn't have halved it - if you are going to make all that mess, I would have wanted several portions. :-)
    Looks lovely!

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  7. I love chocolate mousse so much - what a delightful texture it has! So glad I now have a yummy recipe for it. Thanks

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  8. I'm def. not into washing up, so will admire this mousse on your blog. Shame that G&B didn't give you the book to review, it would have been ideal after all you the first chocolate blog I ever come to for chocolatey inspiration. But its kind of CT to give it to you for your Birthday. I am guessing i've missed your birthday, so may I wish you a belated happy birthday.

    Hope all is well in your world.

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  9. I don't know if it is G&B chocolate that doesn't melt properly or if it is just white chocolate - I have had that problem making blondies.

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  10. wow...great looking chocolate mousse...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  11. Belated birthday greetings! I love mousse and this looks like a really good one. I've had some problems with melting white chocolate in the past but oddly not usually with G&B's (although I admit I haven't tried that brand recently).

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  12. Looks and sounds delicious. Cant believe they did not give you a copy to review given your blogs focus (and that of your readers!!

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  13. Scraping your spoons on the bottom of the glass is always a good sign. Sounds yummy!

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  14. Great dessert, but the washing up would definitely be a put off!

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  15. Oooooohhhhh!!! That's got me drooling on the keyboard! I do love mousse... raw eggs and all!

    White chocolate is a pain to melt... I wasted about 3 bars trying to get it to melt properly once. Apparently the trick to to add a little bit of butter and whisk when it gets soft. I also do mine in the microwave.

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  16. Happy Birthday! I don't own a copy of this book yet but I am loving the idea (and look!) of chocolate chip mousse. Yum!

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  17. Manu - thank you. It was hard to see the marbled effect properly from the picture, but I did my best.

    Kate - thank you for vote of confidence. Really though, it's not a difficult thing to make ;-)

    Susan - in retrospect, I think you're probably right :)

    Ruth - let me know if you do make it. I'd be interested to see how yours turns out.

    Dom - well, I do like to make a mountain when I can ;-)

    Louise - good point! Really it's one for a dinner party. I feel happier about doing lots of clearing up if I'm going to impress friends ;-)

    Britanny - thank you, we really liked the texture of this, even if it wasn't quite meant to turn out like that.

    Shaheen - thank you for belated birthday wishes and good words. Yes, I think G&B were being particularly mean there, but thank you for your confidence in my blog.

    FoodyCat - could be, I've never tried melting other white chocolate. But if that's the case, why don't cookery books mention it - bah!

    Dr Sameena - thank you.

    Phil - so what's your secret to melting the chocolate? Lots of people use a microwave, but I don't have one of those. Thanks for birthday wishes.

    WLM - thank you for echoing my thoughts - I couldn't believe it either.

    Jac - ha ha, it's mostly a sign of greed in our house ;-)

    Janice - certainly not a dessert for every day.

    Michelle - Now do be careful of that keyboard! Hadn't realised white chocolate was such a pain. I don't have a microwave, but have heard it works well for melting chocolate.

    Chele - thanks for birthday wishes. Am guessing from the "yet" that it won't be long before you do own a copy!

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  18. Well done! Halo intact too!I'm impressed.

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  19. I always love chocolate mousse and it sounds delicious.

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  20. Looks yummy, but the 5 bowl warning is enough to put me off. Sometimes I do believe that recipes are unnecessarily complicated. Have recently made a couple of Jamie's 30 minute dinners and the amount of washing up and carnage in the kitchen was unbelievable. These people obviously have staff.

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  21. just love this blog,its sinful
    following you
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  22. Anna - it doesn't happen very often ;-)

    Maggie - yes, I'd forgotten just how good chocolate mousse is.

    Kate - good point about the staff - fancy a job?

    Charishma - thank you for kind comment and for following.

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  23. i love chocolate mousse but have never attempted to make my own. The thought of washing up 5 bowls for this makes me feel less inclined to try. However, yours look so tempting, I may just be tempted to try ... once.

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  24. Baking Addict - don't let this one put you off, chocolate mousse doesn't have to be this complicated :)

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  25. This sounds lovely! I am another one who has always been reluctant to give mousse a try so I think I will have to give it a go one day!

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  26. Baking Teacher - mousse is well worth a go - honest! I'd advise a plain chocolate one to start with.

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  27. This dessert looks so delicious. So light.

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