…from the Perspectives’ Kitchen
How you doin’? There are benefits to being a dishwasher and serving in the Navy—you can learn a lot. Jessie, the cook at the camp in Malibu where I washed dishes for a couple of summers as a kid, used to make this “Easy As Pie” Chocolate Mousse. He told me this was one of the best recipes he learned as a Navy cook. Who knew sailors were so well fed?
I’ve made my mousse recipe even easier and you can make it any time you need a great-but-not-too-fussy luscious dessert that kids will love and your guests will think is one of the most elegant desserts you can make.
Because the egg whites aren’t cooked for this recipe, be sure to use pasteurized eggs (store-bought, or see my procedure below on how to pasteurize eggs at home). Letting the pasteurized egg white come to room temperature ensures they’ll whip up to their full volume.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup whole milk
6 large, pasteurized egg whites, at room temperature
2 cups whipped cream
1/4 cup shaved bittersweet chocolate
6 stem-on Maraschino cherries (optional garnish, just for the kids)
ChefSecret: Speaking of “easy as pie” this recipe makes a great chocolate silk pie. Use a pre-baked pie crust (store bought is okay). “Paint” a little melted chocolate on the bottom of the crust to make it “water-proof.” After the chocolate sets up, fill the crust with chocolate mousse and then top with lots of whipped cream.
Quip of the Day: “My wife can't cook at all. She made chocolate mousse. An antler got stuck in my throat.” … Rodney Dangerfield
How To Pasteurize Large Eggs At Home
ChefSecret: Jumbo sized eggs need to cook for 5 minutes in 140°F water.
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