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Desperately seeking the best chocolate mousse recipe!

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cowgirlinthesand Dec 16, 2004 12:35 AM

For new years Eve dinner I'd like to do a white and dark chocolate mousse plate with fresh berries, chocolate leaves, etc........I have a really wonderful white chocolate mousse recipe - but I've never come across a really outstanding dark or milk chocolate mousse. I'd rather not have one with coffee or espresso - just an intense chocolate flavor and thick creamy melt in your mouth mousse!! Please rack your brains and throw a gal a lifepreserver!! Thanks in advance :)

  1. m
    meta Dec 16, 2004 09:37 AM

    If you have access to Pierre Herme's chocolate book, he has a great, very simple recipe, "Simple Chocolate Mousse" on page 123. He uses milk rather than heavy cream, producing a lightness and pure chocolate flavor and very smooth texture. If you want something more luxurious, I recommend Robert Linxe's recipe. Both are fantastic and easy.

    Both of these books contain unforgettable delicacies!

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      MPO Dec 16, 2004 02:26 PM

      The New York Times Cookbook has a great chocolate mousse recipe. The edition that came out in the 70's I think.
      Ingredients are chocolate chips, eggs (separated), vanilla or rum, hot water. Intense chocolate flavor.

      1. c
        cowgirlinthesand Dec 17, 2004 03:23 AM

        I really appreciate these reccomendations - but I've been serching the web for hours and I can't find any recipes for either of these books!!

        I'd really like a recipe for someone's favorite chocolate mousse that they always make!! Thanks again in advance!

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          cowgirlinthesand Dec 17, 2004 03:23 AM

          I really appreciate these reccomendations - but I've been serching the web for hours and I can't find any recipes for either of these books!!

          I'd really like a recipe for someone's favorite chocolate mousse that they always make!! Thanks again in advance!

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            Island Girl Dec 17, 2004 06:47 PM

            I hope this helps. This recipe always gets rave reviews and is so easy to make. The only thing I vary is the amount of heavy cream depending on how creamy I want the mousse to be.

            12 ounces of semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
            1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
            Pinch of salt
            2 tablespoons unsalted butter
            3 cups of heavy [whipping] cream
            1/4 cup of sugar

            Combine: chocolate, vanilla, salt, butter and 1 cup of heavy cream in a microwabable bowl. Microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring until melted and combined. You can also do this over a double boiler but in both cases, watch it every second.

            Beat the remaining two cups of cream with the sugar to stiff peaks and then fold the chocolate mixture [I mix some whipped cream into chocolate to lighten mixture first] into the whipped cream. Pour into bowl, cover and refrigerate till set. You can also do individual servings as well. It is a very light mousse and I don't take it out of the fridge too far ahead. I serve it various ways but I like it with raspberry puree, a little dollop of softly whipped cream and a sprig of mint or lime leaf. Good luck.

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              cowgirlinthesand Dec 19, 2004 01:21 AM

              Thank you so much! I'll post after the New Year to let you know how it went. Happy Holidays!!

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