Sunday, 22 June 2014

Recipe: Toasted marshmallow chocolate mousse



Ingredients:

The Chocolate Mousse
  • 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons espresso, cooled
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup sugar, plus one tablespoon
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 tablespoon water pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

The Marshmallow Meringue
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons confectioners sugar

(Optional) Graham Cracker Spoons
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey

You will also need: “shot glasses” (or small ramekins), a kitchen torch and a spoon shaped cookie cutter

Method:
  1. (Optional) first, make your graham cracker spoons. These can be made up to a week in advance.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, dark brown sugar, granulated sugar, and honey. Mix on medium speed until well combined, about 1 minute.
  4. In two additions, add the dry ingredients, letting the first fully incorporate before you add the second. Turn the dough out and flatten it into a rectangular shape, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes or up to 2 days.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with silpat or parchment paper. Unwrap the chilled dough, and on a lightly floured surface, roll it out into a rectangle about 1/8 inch thick. Using your cookie cutter, cut out spoon cookie. Reroll the scraps of dough once, and cut out more cookies.
  6. Bake the graham crackers, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until they are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. For the chocolate mousse: Heat a saucepan one-third full with hot water, and in a bowl set on top, melt together the chocolate, butter and coffee, stirring over the barely simmering water, until smooth. Remove from heat.
  8. Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside. In a bowl large enough to nest securely on the saucepan of simmering water, whisk the yolks of the eggs with the 2/3 cup of sugar, rum, and water for about 3 minutes until the mixture is thick, like runny mayonnaise. Remove from heat and place the bowl of whipped egg yolks within the bowl of ice water and beat until cool and thick. Then fold the chocolate mixture into the egg yolks.
  9. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with the salt until frothy. Continue to beat until they start to hold their shape. Whip in the tablespoon of sugar and continue to beat until thick and shiny, but not completely stiff, then the vanilla. Fold one-third of the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the remainder of the whites just until incorporated.
  10. In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream until firm, then fold in the chocolate-egg white mixture, but don’t overdo it or the mousse will lose volume.
  11. Fill the mousse into 24 individual glasses or ramekins and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, until firm. Just before serving, make your meringue. In the mixing bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, start to whisk the egg whites. Once a little frothy, add the salt and cream of tartar. Whisk until hard peaks form.
  12. Add in the confectioners sugar and continue whisking until you have a marshmallow fluff consistency. Fill into a piping bag and decorate each of the chocolate mousse cups.
  13. Using your kitchen torch or blow torch, gently toast add a graham cracker spoon and strawberries to garnish.

14 comments:

  1. yeah but what if I can't use rum?

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  2. I can't use rum either. You can always add more vanilla or maybe some almond essence? As long as you substitute the 2tbs liquid with a flavor that goes well with coffee and chocolate!

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    1. What doesn't go well with coffee and chocolate? :)

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  3. What if you don't have a kitchen torch?

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    1. I'd assume use a stick/long/grill lighter

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    1. i got a jar of dirt....

      does that help?

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  5. Does this have to be eaten straight away or can you prepare it early?

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    1. I think it may be best to prep the spoons a few days ahead, then the mousse the night before. It sounds like a great dessert aimed to please, but also tough to accomplish. Remember, the key to mousse and merengues are their texture, so don't rush, and be sure to have friends over to help you enjoy these treats. If you're looking for this same great flavor but don't want to waste any indredients, I'd recommend the original (I'm a sucker for s'mores, and I don't mind the mess, after all you might end up messy with the merengue and mousse). Anyways, happy flavor hunting!

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  6. can it be made without rum or espresso?

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  7. This looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    xoxo
    www.mayliving.com

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  8. Confused by the picture against how this post is written. Are you meant to remove the chocolate mousse from the moulds, invert and THEN decorate it (if so, how in the hell do you do that?)... or do you pipe the meringue directly onto the top of the moulds and serve?

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