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REC: HobNob East Chocolate Mousse (wigs)
Joined: Jul 17, 2006
Posted to Thread #18282 at 4:15 am on May 29, 2010
A reader wrote requesting this recipe from a restaurant in Columbus, Indiana. A subsequent letter to the management of that establishment soon brought a friendly reply expressing pleasure in having a dedicated customer who wanted the recipe. Also given are tips for success by Warren Cole, restaurant owner, along with this amusing little note at the conclusion of his reply: "There are no surprises in this recipe, for all happy mousse are alike, but unhappy mousse are all unhappy in different ways."
HOBNOB EAST CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
2 ounces semisweet chocolate
3 Tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Kahlua -OR- other coffee-based liqueur
2 egg whites, at room temperature
2 cups heavy cream
Notes from Hobnob East in Columbus, IN: "Work with well-chilled ingredients when beating and folding in heavy cream. Chill metal bowl and beaters before whipping cream. (Do NOT use a glass bowl to whip cream.) Use the heaviest cream available. Use the very best quality of chocolate possible.
In top of a double boiler, gently melt the chocolate. When fully melted, stir in the 3 Tablespoons of heavy cream and remove from heat. Separately dissolve sugar into Kahlua over low heat.* When fully dissolved, blend with chocolate. Chill this mixture well.
Whip egg whites and fold into chocolate mixture.
(*Note from Caryn--I dissolve 1/8 cup sugar in the liqueur and reserve the remaining 1/8 cup sugar to beat into my egg whites.)
Whip the remaining 2 cups heavy cream and fold into chocolate-egg white mixture.** Allow to set up well in refrigerator before serving.
To serve, spoon into glasses and garnish with slivers of dark chocolate and whipped cream. Yields about six 1-cup servings.
**At this point I portion the mousse into wine glasses and then chill it well before garnishing and serving. Caryn
Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out, but I can usually shut her up with cookies!
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