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Get Your Mousse On ! Donna’s Dark Chocolate Mousse

Just a reminder that there is one week left to post and send me your entry for HHDD Mousse!

In case you need some inspiration, here is another one from Donna Hay (thanks Peabody for the email).

Dark Chocolate Mousse, from Donna Hay Modern Classics 2

Serves 6 to 8

200g(7oz) dark couverture chocolate, chopped
75g(2 1/2 oz) butter, chopped
4 eggs, separated
1 cup(8 fl oz) cream
2 TBSP icing(confectioner’s) sugar

Place the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted and smooth. Pour the mixture into a bowl and add egg yolks, one at a time, beating until well combined. Set aside.Place the cream in a bowl ans whip until soft peaks form. Set aside.
Place the egg whites in a bowl ans whisk until soft peaks form. Sift over the icing sugar and whisk until the mixture is thick and glossy.Gently fold the cream through the chocolate mixture, then fold the egg whites through.
Spoon into bowls and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

It was the first time (if my memories serves me right) that I saw a recipe including both egg whites and whipped cream as the lightening agent of the mousse and thought it would be overkill heavy with both egg yolks and heavy cream but it turned out rich but not "stick to your ribs my arteries are shrinking". I used 62% Lindt chocolate and topped it with an extra dollop of whipped cream and some cocoa nibs. Delicious!

Update: in an attempt to explain my mousse making thoughts, it seems that my English was not clear enough. I have always made mousse including egg yolks and whipped egg whites. I have sometimes gone the easier way by combining melted chocolate and whipped cream. What I meant is that I have never combined the three in one recipe.

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Meeta K. Wolff April 13, 2007 um 5:37 am

Oh yum yum yum!! This does look really gorgeous. I love the glasses and I soooo love the layered effect you have achieved with the mousse. Did you use a piping bag?

s'kat April 13, 2007 um 12:25 pm

Right on, this is completely tantalizing! You may have yet convinced me to whip up a mousse this weekend.

Anonymous April 13, 2007 um 12:26 pm

It is a killer de bon matin 😉 I have to get to it! Where is time going???

Deborah April 13, 2007 um 2:22 pm

I have the same question as meeta – how did you get the layered effect? They look so beautiful! YUM!!

Anonymous April 13, 2007 um 2:47 pm

Bonjour, je me demandais si un blog de langue française et nationalité suisse pouvait participer au concours sur les mousses ? Serait-il bien de traduire en anglais aussi ?
Merci de votre réponse.
Bien Ă  vous

2be April 13, 2007 um 4:38 pm

Not only does the mousse look great, but that is such cute glassware too.

Lis April 13, 2007 um 4:43 pm

I know. I KNOW. I’m still stressing over which delicious flavor to make! Oh! And I need cool cups/bowls/vessels!! Acckkk!



Helene April 13, 2007 um 5:20 pm

Meeta and Deborah: Yes, I did use a piping bag, fitted with a star tip. I had planned to leave them like them, but decided on a whipped cream hat at the last minute.

S’kat: I hope you participate….pretty please!

Bea: merci! J’espere ue tu pourras participer aussi!

Vero: oui, oui, , tout le monde peut participer. Ecris en francais, avec une traduction simple et si tu as besoin d’aide pour traduire, dis le moi!

Lis: get your butt to it…I’d better see you there!

Ashley: I hope you get to participate!

Anonymous April 13, 2007 um 5:43 pm

Hi Helen! Breathtaking – I love that the mousse is so thick that you can see the piping details still!

Peabody April 14, 2007 um 1:40 am

I’m working on it…mine will probably go up Tuesday.
I can’t believe you have never made chocolate mousse without egg yolks…hmmm. I have never made it any other way.
Excellent job…looks so creamy and luscious.

Helene April 14, 2007 um 2:19 am

Gilly: thank you! they were really tasty.

Peabody: I have always made mousse including egg yolks and whipped egg whites. I have sometimes gone the easier way by combining melted chocolate and whipped cream. What I meant is that I have never combined the three in one recipe.

Patricia Scarpin April 14, 2007 um 1:07 pm

Wow, Helene! What a beautiful way to present the mousse, you’ve taken it to a totally different level, my friend!

It looks terrific. Now I’m even more scared to participate. I’ve been having trouble choosing the recipe! 😀

Kajal@aapplemint April 14, 2007 um 2:56 pm

Fantastic presentation.great looking stuff.It would be difficult for anyone to resist this.

Warda April 15, 2007 um 12:06 am

j’ai hate de participer a ton jeu. Je vois que je dois penser a autre chose que la mousse au chocolat parce que la tienne m’a l’air imbatable.

Cheryl April 15, 2007 um 1:01 am

Oh this looks so incredibly good. You really have set the standard. I am hitting the kitchen tomorrow with my entry.

Valentina April 15, 2007 um 9:43 am

Helene, this is beautiful!! I don’t know how I will be able to compete have pushed the bar way up there..

Anonymous April 15, 2007 um 9:27 pm

Bonjour HĂ©lĂšne. Merci de ta rĂ©ponse. C’est avec plaisir que je vais participer. Pour rĂ©diger mon billet qui accompagnera la recette et aussi pour Ă©clairer les bloggeuses francophones, pourrais-tu me donner une courte explication sur le HHDD. Ce serait vraiment sympa.
D’avance merci
Bien Ă  toi

Elle April 16, 2007 um 9:19 pm

Delicious looking and sounding. Chocolate mousse is such a classic and it looks like using yolks, whites, and creme worked well for you.

Indonesia Eats April 17, 2007 um 2:49 am

Just stopping by and those layers caught my eyes. Look so beautiful

Unknown April 18, 2007 um 10:17 pm

Beautiful mousse – I love your glasses, the presentation is so elegant!

Unknown April 23, 2007 um 8:53 am

Beautiful mousse, beautiful glasses, it’s wonderful!

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