October 10, 2008

Spiced Chocolate Mousse

Restaurant: Bar Lourinha (Victoria)

Recipe from Chef Matt McConnel (appeared in Australian Gourmet traveler: October 2007)

2009 Rating: Number 93, 1 Star

This weekend we're having a bunch of friends over for a nice and relaxing bbq in the sunshine. As the temperature is set to hit 28C, I thought I might prepare a nice light dessert. Considering there will be alot of meat on offer, it might serve as a welcomed end to the day.

So here is the recipe:

Prep time 5 mins, cook 10 mins (plus setting)

Serves 6


180 gm dark chocolate (54% coccoa solids), coarsely chopped
3 eggs, at room temperature, separated
1/4 tsp each of ground cinnamon, ground allspice and chilli powder
224 mL thickened cream, lightly whipped


100 gm hazelnuts, roasted and skins removed
100 gm caster sugar


1. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, turn off heat and cool, add yolks and stir to combine, then add spices. Add cream and fold through to combine. In a separate bowl, beat eggwhites until soft peaks form, then add to chocolate mixture and fold to combine. The mousse should be smooth and even in colour. Spoon into six 1/2 cup capacity moulds and refrigerated for 3 hours or until set.

2. For hazelnut praline, place hazel nuts on baking paper-lined oven tray. Combine sugar and 2 tbsp water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat for 5-10 minutes or until light caramel in colour, then pour over hazelnuts and cool completely. Coarsely chop.

3. To serve, scatter mousse with praline and serve immediately.

Results here


Matt said...

This sounds pretty damn tasty. Gonna have to make it for the missus. How long do you cool the chocolate for after heating it? I'm guessing you don't want it to solidify again... Are the egg yolks meant to cook?

Maria said...

I managed to stuff it right up! You’re supposed to let the chocolate cool right down, so that when you add the egg it will only slightly cook, but still remain runny. I added the egg way too quick because I just wanted to eat the finished product as soon as possible! But I managed to fix it all in the end. I'm going to explain everything I did step by step in my next post, so if the same thing happens to you, you can rescue it. In the end it tasted fantastic!

matt said...

Thanks :) The next posts covers everything I needed to know. You've set up a nice blog, I'll keep an eye on your recipes.