When I look around and find market flooded with heart shaped goodies I feel Valentine Day has become an obsession among people and the gurus of brand marketing has made everything associated with this festival so commercialized, Valentine's Day gifts, dining offers, dresses, chocolates, flowers, Oh My God!! Too much of love in the air to handle. Though I am not against love or expression of love all I could not understand why so much of expression of feelings on that particular day only.
For me love is timeliness which cannot be defined to a day, it's been almost 6 years of togetherness with him (3 years before marriage+ 3 years after marriage) and even today whenever we express how thankful we are to have each other that is our moment of celebrating love. With all these years passing by I realized love has much more depth and definition than these four simple alphabets, for me love is when I cook for him and wait for hours to hear few lines of praise, for him love is enjoying my company and recently we have newest addition to our love edition - Momo, who has taught us all new dimension of pure affection and attachment.
Today love and chocolate have become two inseparable words, whoever dis this match fixing of Love & Chocolate must be a real genius, because I feel there is nothing in this world which chocolate cannot fix and I always have a special spot in my heart and fridge for chocolates.
I thought of many desert recipes for the Valentine's Day but I myself never prefer to get into baking mess at the last minute of my romantic meal so Chocolate Mousse is perfect desert for me when you want to sit, relax and enjoy your desert rather than concentrating on your oven. Prepare Chocolate Mousse the day before, pop it into the fridge and simply serve after the dinner with fresh strawberries.
Many people do not prefer mousse because they do not prefer raw eggs and I am one of them but I love this recipe because in this recipe eggs are cooked up to certain extent to kill bacteria and also the smell of egg yolks. Whenever I make this mousse for my friends I add a teaspoon of Khalua also just to have a hint of coffee liquor but that is totally optional even with dark chocolate only this mousse is decadent.
Happy Valentine's Day!!!!
Recipe: Chocolate Mousse
Yield: Serves 2
⅓ Cup Chocolate, chopped
1 Tbsp water
¼ Tsp Coffee
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Egg, separated
2 Tbsp regular granulated sugar
½ Cup heavy cream
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
Whip the heavy cream until stiff peak forms and keep in fridge until required.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes or until it becomes thick and pale in color and the sugar dissolves, set aside.
In a double boiler add the chocolate, water, coffee and butter and over very low heat, cook everything together just until the chocolate melts. Remove from the heat.
Spoon ¼ of the chocolate into the egg yolk mixture to temper and mix it just enough to combine.
Pour the egg yolk mixture back into the small bowl over the simmering water in the saucepan (double boiler) with the remaining chocolate mixture, add the vanilla extract and stir constantly, cook over low heat for a couple minutes or until the mixture thickens.
Let it cool for a few minutes stirring frequently.
In a small clean and dry bowl, whisk the egg white until it forms stiff peaks. Fold the egg white gently without deflating in the cooled chocolate mixture.
Fold the chocolate mixture into the whipped heavy cream being careful not to over mix otherwise the heavy cream will lose its texture.
Pour the mixture into the serving glass, cover with a cling foil and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 to 6 hours or best overnight. Enjoy!
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