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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chocolate Mousse

   How do you say I Love You?  With a card... flowers, jewels or other extravagant gifts?  Does all this really convey the message of love?  Perhaps for some, it is sufficient but material things were never a good measure in my book.  A gentle caress, a soft whisper, a deep stare or a loving embrace seems a more fitting example of how to make  her feel like a princess.  One other way I like to say it is by creating something with my own hands, made with love, care and passion, a special treat that can warm the soul with just one bite.  Chocolate is the perfect ingredient for just such a creation.  The alluring scent and the way it melts on the tongue, it can transport you to a different world.  Decadent, rich flavors and textures can truly warm the heart from the inside out.
   This chocolate mousse is light and airy, with a subtle texture that is like a cloud on your tongue.  It quickly melts,  enveloping all your taste buds and senses. A certain warm feeling takes over your body and mind and suddenly you feel it.....LOVE.   This is not to say that this dessert can replace the words I love you, but the person you make it for will know exactly what you are trying to say.
   A few simple, good quality ingredients are all that is needed to make this luscious treat which can be eaten on its own or topped with fresh berries and cream .  This year, you can shower that special someone with gifts or you can show them how you feel right from the heart with something made by you. 
This is...with love, from me to you.

4oz good quality, dark chocolate (70%)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
4 egg yolks
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup whipping cream (35%)
Bring water and sugar to a boil and let boil for 3 minutes.  Place egg yolks in mixing bowl and slowly pour in sugar/water mixture.  Mix until pale yellow and thickened.
In a stainless steel bowl, set over a pot of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate and butter.

Whisk melted chocolate into egg mixture until blended.  In a separate bowl,  pour the cream then whip until stiff.

Add the whipped cream to the chocolate mixture and gently fold together until no streaks remain.

With a spoon or a piping bag, fill cups or ramekins  3/4 full. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
The mousse can be eaten on its own or it can be topped with any number of ingredients.
I chose to use a raspberry coulis which is simply raspberries with a little sugar and a touch of lemon juice pureed and pushed through a strainer.  The mousse is then topped with the coulis and a dollop of fresh whipped cream.
 Mousse topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate covered espresso beans.

The first bite is like a lover's soft kiss or a gentle caress from a loving hand.  Enjoy the moment and feel the love.

                                                                    Je T'aime Toujours!

The mousse can be refrigerated for a few days but it should be served almost at room temperature for maximum flavor.


Karen said...

What a great post! I've never made chocolate mousse - you make it look so easy and I love the raspberry coulis with it!

pixilatedtoo said...


This is the ultimate. My favorite desert! Your pictures and instructions are impeccable! Now I want to jump right in and make some.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Hi Danny,

Beautiful mousse. I think I'll forward to the recipe to my husband as a hint. ;)

I've got more love to share. You won the Strauss veal give-away on my blog! Pls. send me your mailing address and phone number, so I can forward it to Strauss.


Melynda said...

So beautiful, and just the right amount of everything! But I must comment on something else I found in your great photos, a well used (and still beautiful) kitchen aid mixer, love it!


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