Monday, January 22, 2007

Sugar High Friday #27

David Lebovitz is hosting this month's Sugar High Friday and naturally enough Chocolate was involved - the theme chosen was Chocolate by Brand.

I've gone the white chocolate route - opting for Lindt White Couverture. It's one of the few white chocolates I don't find overbearingly sweet. To match our summery days I wanted to make something a little lighter and this White Chocolate Mousse is the perfect fit. I've also added a little surprise at the bottom of each glass - poached cherries, the perfect companion to white chocolate.

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White Chocolate Mousse
[Serves 4]

120 grams White Lindt couverture, broken into small pieces
2 egg yolks
2 egg whites
50 grams softened butter
3 teaspoons icing sugar
16 poached cherries, well drained

Place the chocolate into a bowl and place over a pot of boiling water - stirring to ensure an even melting. Remove it from the heat once it's completely melted and smooth.

Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well to incorporate. Then beat in the softened butter. The mixture will stiffen and then relax to give a smooth and glossy consistency.

Whip the egg-whites until soft peaks form - add the icing sugar and continue whipping until incorporated.

Take a quarter of the egg-whites and stir into the chocolate mixture to slacken the mix. Then fold in the remaining egg-whites using a large spoon. Use a figure eight cutting motion to keep as much air in the mix.

Take your serving dishes and place 4 drained poached cherries into each - then cover completely with the mousse mixture. Smooth the mixture by just tapping the bottom of the dish against the table.

Cover and place in the fridge to set.

Take the mousse from the fridge about 15 minutes before you wish to serve them.

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Tastewise, it's creamy and not overly sweet, a little like a good vanilla ice-cream, feather light in the mouth and when you dig a little, you find the hidden treasure of cherries.


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6 comments:

  1. Haalo,

    I love white chocolate! I know it's not really considered real chocolate and all that, but I don't care - it's delicious anyway!

    Your combination of white chocolate and cherries is amazing. They must be perfect together!

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  2. Haalo, Lindt is my fav, too. :) I almost featured their dark chocolate ranges before changing to Koko Black. I love your white choc and poached cherries idea. Yum!

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  3. Thanks Patricia - we must keep the flag flying for poor white chocolate! What works is having the cherries as a surprise, they just bring in an unexpected textural element and the white chocolate seems to lengthen their taste.

    Thanks Anh - after seeing your beautiful tarts, I must try the Koko Black chocolate.

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  4. I like white chocolate, too!

    This looks sinfully delicious. I want some!

    Paz

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  5. Thanks Paz - i'll make sure to have some on hand for you!

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  6. You are soooo kind!

    Paz ;-)

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