Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chocolate Mousse by Grateful Prayer Thankful Heart

I picked up chocolate molds on after-Christmas clearance (75%-off) and knew they would make perfect serving cups for a special dessert.  They were a little tricky un-molding but nothing that the filling didn't hide.
Following the directions on the package, I made 10 dessert shells with about half a bag of Candy Melts.
When the dessert shells were completed, it was on to the mousse.
Alton Brown rates his recipe as easy but I thought it was a bit involved.
Not difficult but with several steps.
Heating the cream over a candle is so Alton.
Kind of  feels like you're in science lab   :)
After the mousse was made and chilled a bit in the refrigerator, I piped it into the chocolate molds for a pretty presentation.
Chocolate Mousse
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown
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Serves: 6 to 8 servings (I filled 10 chocolate cups plus two additional glasses)
Ingredients
1 3/4 cups whipping cream
12 ounces quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 ounces espresso or strong coffee
1 tablespoon dark rum (optional)
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon flavorless, granulated gelatin

Directions
Chill 1 1/2 cups whipping cream in refrigerator. Chill metal mixing bowl and mixer beaters in freezer.

In top of a double boiler, combine chocolate chips, coffee, rum and butter. Melt over barely simmering water, stirring constantly. Remove from heat while a couple of chunks are still visible. Cool, stirring occasionally to just above body temperature.

Pour remaining 1/4 cup whipping cream into a metal measuring cup and sprinkle in the gelatin. Allow gelatin to "bloom" for 10 minutes. Then carefully heat by swirling the measuring cup over a low gas flame or candle. Do not boil or gelatin will be damaged. Stir mixture into the cooled chocolate and set aside.

In the chilled mixing bowl, beat cream to medium peaks. Stir 1/4 of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture to lighten it. Fold in the remaining whipped cream in two doses. There may be streaks of whipped cream in the chocolate and that is fine. Do not over work the mousse.

Spoon into bowls or martini glasses and chill for at least 1 hour. Garnish with fruit and serve.

(If mousse is to be refrigerated overnight, chill for one hour and then cover each with plastic wrap)
Becca @Blue Cricket Designs offered me the position of
Cooking Contributor on her blog.
fun!   This is my first post sent to her  :)

45 comments:

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Yummy! Beautiful photography. I like your use of the mosaic to show the steps.

DeanO said...

I'm so hungry I think I could eat a dozen and awesome pictures

Sharon said...

yum, yum!! THis is so beautiful!

Snap said...

Looks like the perfect treat for Valentine's Day! Congratulations on being a Cooking Contributor!!!

Carol said...

They look amazing! Alton does come up with some interesting techniques.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine said...

These look wonderful! It's amazing that you stay so tiny while making such rich-looking desserts. Wish you'd tell your secret. :)

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

What a perfect Valentine dessert for my sweetie! We love chocolate mousse and your presentation is so elegant.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh you do know how to make everything look so beautiful and easy and also mouth watering...these look amazing!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love Choc. mousse. Thanks for the recipe and the pretty mosaics, better than a step by step book! Hugs,
FABBY

lindsey said...

Oh my goodness, my mouth was watering reading through this post!

Maryann said...

Too bad you can't send a dozen of these over to my house!

T's Daily Treasures said...

I'd like a dozen sent to my house, too. You definitely make everything look so fantastically wonderful and professional so no wonder you would be a cooking contributor. Congrats and best wishes, Tammy

Winnie said...

Yes - it's quite easy to make, but you gave it a wonderful look
Love the way you serve it

podso said...

How beautiful! And yummy! That would be very special to serve for a valentine tea.

And the post below, your mother's beautiful crochet work---how much that must mean to you and what a treasure for all you girls in the family. Maybe some day your grand daugthers will also take up crocheting. Meanwhile what a great example they have.

Crunchy Creamy Sweet said...

Talk about a show-stopper! Wow!

Ann said...

those look so good especially with the chocolate shells.
Seems it would take a long time to heat something over a candle. I don't know if I have that kind of patience :)

Walking on Sunshine... said...

These look delicious and so beautiful! As usual! Enjoy your day! I would love to find some of these molds!

kitty said...

You take such beautiful pics, Lorraine! What a gorgeous dessert that would be perfect for any time, but especially Valentine's Day.

MyFudo™ said...

These are really prettty molds...But I am sure even if i can't find a mold as pretty as what you have, I'll have a delicious treat for the whole family. Thanks for the post!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

That first photo looks so delicious! Chocolate mousse in a chocolate cup topped with raspberries - I can't think of anything better.

Maple Lane said...

Chocolate is my weakness!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Oh my! I am on a diet why did I click on your blog? That looks so delicious! Love that chocolate.

Danielle

corners of my life said...

6:30am and I am craving these for breakfast!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Chocolate is my weakness, if hubby tires to sneak it in before he has a chance to surprise me, I know its in the house.

I think this will be something I will try.

Your photography makes me want to lick the screen.

GOD bless your day.

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

AWESOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOME so gorgeous and delicious!!!! fab photos...major applause!!!! hugs...your newest follower! : )

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

These look spectacular. I especially like your storyboard. Hope you are having a great week, Lorraine.

Sue said...

Almost to pretty to eat, but oh how I would love to have one tonight as I am out and about in blogland, thanks for always sharing such wonderful recipes.
Hugs,
Sue

Sara said...

Mmm... These look super yummy! Thanks so much for commenting today at Tangled Happy. That was so nice! Happy Wednesday LDH. :)

Dayle said...

Wow! You just keep impressing me, Lorraine. Love the way these turned out.

Congratulations on your new partnership. Awesome!

Stuff and Nonsense said...

these look

i n c r e d i b l e

thanks (i think)
for sharing them
at Fridays Unfolded!

alison

Honey at 2805 said...

Gorgeous! What a beautiful Valentine desert!
Thank you for sharing your lovely recipe Potpourri Friday!

Jenn said...

I love the idea of adding coffee to chocolate mousse! Yummy!

6quivers said...

Hi there I am going to try and make these for our church fellowship tomorrow evening. I have the mousse made already. My question is: How long did it take to get the molds made in between each set? I bought four sets, trying to make around 40 of these if possible. I am trying to figure out how much time I am going to need to get them made. I am thinking, maybe, about 3-5 minutes in the freezer???? Any advice you might have would be greatly appreciated. If you would be able to email me at: dono7695 AT bellsouth.net that would be so helpful.
God Bless,
Melissa in SC

Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com said...

We are hosting our first Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party next Friday and would love for you to share this! Feel free to stop by and grab a party button! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/

Deana said...

Goodness Gracious that looks amazing....I'd love for you to share this @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet party going on now-Sunday midnight…

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Pamela said...

I have this mold and love using it. Sometimes, for something different, I'll use white chocolate with dark chocolate mousse and top with raspberries.

TidyMom said...

These look amazing!!

Thanks for linking up!! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/super-bowl-party-food-2/

Have a great Sunday!

Vicki Bensinger said...

These look beautiful and I'm sure delicious. If you don't want to worry about unmolding your chocolate use a balloon by blOwing up and dipping in chocolate. It's so easy. I will be posting a video on Tuesday in my monthly newsletter if you'd like to see a demo. So much easier than the molds IMO. Yours do look beautiful though.

Tina @ Babycakes Blog said...

Yum! That looks so good, that mold makes the chocolate bowls look so easy, I would love to try something like that sometime! I found you via the Flamingo Toe Link Party.
http://www.thejohnslife.com/BabycakesBlog

Joan@chocolateandmore said...

I'm in heaven and have been looking for a good chocolate mousse recipe. This is the first one I've seen that doesn't use eggs. Will have to give it a try. Pinned!

Kristina @ ReMadeSimple said...

Oh my, my mouth is watering! Gorgeous photos and would love to try these!

Kara said...

These sound delicious, and your photo is just beautiful! I am featuring them today at Creations by Kara.
http://www.creationsbykara.com/2012/02/look-what-i-made-linky-party-2-8-2012.html
Thanks for linking up!!

Six Sisters said...

These looks soooo good! A chocolate lovers dream! Thanks so much for joining us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We loved having you and hope to see you back next Saturday with more of your recipes!! -The Sisters

Angela @ The Not So Functional Housewife said...

You're Chocolate Mousse recipe has been featured for Functional Friday!

Thanks so much for stopping by to link up!

~Angela

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