Glamping with a chocolate mousse!

13 Apr
Delicious Chocolate Mousse. Photo by Jess B.

Delicious Chocolate Mousse. Photo by Jess B.

A few weeks ago, in my Easter post on this blog, I promised you all some chocolate recipes. Well here is one! This is one of my favourite desserts – I mean who doesn’t love a good chocolate mousse?!

When I posted the recipe for Lemon Coconut Brownies as a break and treat from my healthy eating diet, my friend Kate told me that it wasn’t unhealthy enough to be a proper treat. Point taken, it was a ‘healthy’ treat. A proper indulgent treat for me (and seemingly for Kate) has to involve chocolate, which is where this chocolate mousse comes in – Kate is this a proper treat in your opinion? Hope so!

That being said, I actually consider this to be a healthy chocolate mousse (all things being relative, I am talking about chocolate mousse after all). Why do I consider this to be a healthy mousse? Well it doesn’t contain any cream! Also it is made with 70% dark chocolate and has no added refined white sugar in it, it uses fructose instead. So it is healthy-ish isn’t it?!

By not having cream in it, the lactose dairy content is greatly reduced which is a big bonus for those like me who can tolerate eggs but not lactose.

To make this delicious ‘healthy’ chocolate mousse, you will need:

  • 200g dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa content
  • 60g dairy free margarine (or your choice of butter)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • zest of one orange, finely grated
  • 6 egg whites
  • 50g caster sugar
  • OPTIONAL: 1 shot of: coffee, orange juice, brandy or any other liquor or just leave it plain for pure unadulterated chocolatyness!
Whisk egg yolks until thick and creamy. Photo by Jess B.

Whisk egg yolks until thick and creamy. Photo by Jess B.

Whisk egg whites to soft peaks. Photo by Jess B.

Whisk egg whites to soft peaks. Photo by Jess B.

Adding egg whites to the chocolate mixture. Photo by Jess B.

Adding egg whites to the chocolate mixture. Photo by Jess B.

Method:

  1. Melt chocolate and margarine/butter in a medium sized bowl (either in a microwave on medium heat or in a bowl over the top of a saucepan of boiling water, the choice is yours, but if you use the latter don’t let the water touch the bottom of the bowl).
  2. Whisk the egg yolks until nice and thick and nearly white.
  3. Gently add the whisked egg yolks to the melted chocolate butter mix.
  4. If using, next add the coffee / alcohol / juice.
  5. In a clean large bowl whip the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
  6. Add the sugar to the whites and whisk for a further minute until they are shiny.
  7. Taking a third of the egg whites at a time, gently beat them into the chocolate mix, until smooth. IMPORTANT: don’t over mix but also don’t leave streaky!
  8. Pour the mousse into pretty glasses (or in my case tupperware – see below) and chill for an hour (or more) before serving.

‘Glamping’ it up

Elegant chocolate mousse in a plastic cup! Photo by Jess B.

Elegant chocolate mousse in a plastic cup! Photo by Jess B.

We made this mousse in the kitchen of our rented apartment in Philadelphia. The apartment is a large loft in a great location. The kitchen is fab, all mod cons, dishwasher, fancy silver hose sink etc. However, it is lacking in one important respect – the loft is clearly a bachelor pad and the kitchen is not so well equipped with the basics…by which i mean cutlery, plates, mugs, bowls. On moving in we found two plastic picnic plates and two plastic spoons, that was all in terms of crockery and cutlery! We moved in over Easter weekend when the essential shop (K-Mart!) for cheap crockery was closed. So for a few days it felt like we were camping. But as we are thankfully not in a tent, we termed it ‘glamping’ – glamorous camping for the uninitiated 🙂 – incidentally this is the closest I ever want to get to actual camping – Mr B please take note, you’ll be the one taking our children on camping trips.

Tupperware mousse, still tastes amazing!

Tupperware mousse, still tastes amazing!  Photo by Jess B.

Oddly however in our loft’s kitchen there is a handheld electric whisk and a full set of smart cast iron pans. The whisk came in handy in making this mousse. We didn’t quite stoop to mixing the mousse in a saucepan, but we did have to chill it in tupperware and eat it out of plastic cups on the first night…You may wonder why we embarked on making this in the first place, a good question perhaps! But boy it was worth it.

The cookie featured in the photos is a hazelnut biscuit hand made by my sister. You can get the recipe here. I’ll give you one tip from the glamping experience, we ended up using tinfoil as baking parchment, big mistake, turns out tinfoil makes the underside of baked goods burn if they are cooked on it. You don’t want to see the other side of the cookie, a little black is an understatement! You can also use the hazelnut biscuit recipe with this chocolate mousse recipe to make the perfect chocolate mousse pie. I highly recommend doing that and you can get that recipe here.

The mousse in more sophisticated serving ware, when I made it at home and not 'glamping'!. Photo by Jess B.

The mousse in more sophisticated serving ware, when I made it at home and not ‘glamping’!. Photo by Jess B.

Chocolate mousse recipe adapted from Leon Restaurant’s Puddings Cook Book.

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4 Responses to “Glamping with a chocolate mousse!”

  1. Kate April 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Now this I approve of!x

  2. Inspired Camping (@InspiredCamping) April 16, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Mmmmm… my mouth is watering. I’m off for a spot of glamping soon too. This is the perfect recipe for me to use to thrill the kids and the hubby. Thanks for sharing. Sarah

    • myjourneythrume April 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      Glad you liked the sound of the mousse! I totally recommend it, it’s so delicious. Thank you for commenting and have a great time glamping!

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