Monday, August 27, 2012

Healthy Chocolate Mousse (in pie form)

I was scrolling through recipes the other day, looking for a yummy dessert that would satisfy my need for chocolate while not being terribly bad for me. There is a food magazine back home, the Healthy Food Guide, that is great to turn to when you need some ideas. They like to take old favourites and make them a bit healthier, so when I found a recipe for chocolate mousse on their website I had to try it! The first time I followed the recipe closely and it worked perfectly, but it was a very, very rich dessert. Which is perhaps why it is supposed to be portioned out as several quite small servings. However, it was too dark for my liking so I have altered the recipe somewhat. My first attempt to change the recipe failed completely - I think I left the gelatine for too long before adding it to everything else and it solidified on it's own, so my mousse was actually thick chocolate milk with gross lumps of gelatine! But, as they say, third time's a charm! Only mousse on it's own suddenly seemed a bit boring for a dinner party and a friend requested apple crumple, so I compromised with a biscuit base, apple filling and white chocolate mousse on top.




Chocolate Mousse

2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon gelatine (or flavoured jelly crystals)
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
70 grams chocolate (white or dark)
*Optional - 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder*

Place the 1/3 cup of milk in the fridge until it is quite cold. Meanwhile, place two tablespoons of boiling water into a small bowl with the gelatine and stir until it is dissolved.

Melt the chocolate with 1/3 cup evaporated milk in the microwave or over the stove. If you want the extra sugar and cocoa powder add these to the chocolate and evaporated milk before heating. I found that extra cocoa was unnecessary, the mousse was too rich, and if you are using white chocolate it definitely doesn't go! When the mixture is smooth add the gelatine mixture and the vanilla essence and stir well. Cool at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Take the evaporated milk from the fridge and pour it into a medium sized bowl. Beat it with an electric beater until it is quite thick - it should be like whipped cream. Fold  in the cooled chocolate mixture and divide into dishes - two large servings or four small servings.

Chill until completely cold and set.

Chocolate Mousse Apple Pie

300 grams plain biscuits
75 grams margarine
75 grams butter
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cooking apples
Cinnamon and sugar

1 serving white chocolate mousse from above



First of all, prepare the base and the apples. Crush up the biscuits really fine, melt the butter and margarine together and then combine. Press the biscuit mixture into a pie dish and place in the fridge.

Peel and core the apples, then cut up into slices. Place in a saucepan with some cinnamon and sugar and just cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer until the apples are soft and mushy. Then pour the apples into the prepared base and return to the fridge until the apples are completely cold.

Now prepare the mousse as above and instead of pouring into dishes, pour on top of the apple filling. Then once again, return to the fridge and chill until the mousse is completely set.


Finally, if you have enjoyed this, I reckon you could do the exact same thing with a cherry or raspberry filling and dark chocolate mousse on top. I'll try that next time. Also, the lack of pictures in this post is a direct reflection of how yummy the pie was.

3 comments:

  1. Looks absolutely delicious! I would so love to try some. I am sure it tastes amazing.

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  2. That looks so yummy! And it looks pretty too...that's a winner in my book ;)

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