Friday, September 23, 2005

First Dinner and Chocolate Mousse

Feel like a grown-up today. My flatmate, Charry, had two guests tonight and I made dinner for the four of us. My first three-course dinner! We started off with Caesar's salad (recipe c/o Nigella Lawson), cooked the roast chicken again but got the skin browner and crispier this time and finally, chocolate mousse.

This is the third time I've made chocolate mousse based on Jamie Oliver's recipe. Tried it with milk chocolate, dark chocolate and this time a mixture of white chocolate and milk chocolate. The best so far has been the one with dark chocolate but Charry thinks it's this white chocolate one.

Anyway, here's how I made it:

Chocolate Mousse
(Adapted from Jamie Oliver ‘s Cheeky Chocolate Mousse in
‘Happy Days with the Naked Chef’)

10 small glasses, cooled in the fridge
200 g cooking chocolate (70% cocoa solids is best but use whatever you can get)
70 g butter
300 ml double cream
2 large eggs
2 tbsps honey

Divide the chocolate into blocks. Then place the chocolate together with the butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on medium for about one minute. Mix the chocolate and butter until smooth.

Place the cream in a mixing bowl and whisk until it is fluffy and doubled in size. Test by holding up the whisk and see if it has formed soft peaks (it’s soft when the cream still falls over ).

Crack the eggs in a bigger bowl. Add honey to the eggs and whisk a little. Then put in the cream and the melted chocolate. Then mix together by gently doing a folding action so that you won’t lose the air in the cream.

Get the glasses out and put the mixture in. I need ten glasses so that there will only be a little of it in each glass. My flatmate can’t finish more than that. But feel free to use only six glasses as Jamie Oliver did. Then put the glasses into the fridge and let it set at least one hour before eating.

For garnishing, u can save some of the cream and chocolate. Simply place a dollop of cream on top and then grate some chocolate on top of the cream.