Monthly Archives: February 2012

Oscar Nominated Chocolate Mousse

‘I want to thank everybody and anybody who ever had anything to do with the making of this mousse. And most of all, I’d like to thank my family and friends, who supported me in eating it.’ -Kinjal

If you are hosting a Oscar party this weekend, nothing says elegance and excellence like this Chocolate Mousse.

I bet most people didn’t know that the main ingredient in Chocolate Mousse (besides the chocolate of course) is raw eggs. You heard me. I’ve never made a dessert quite like this so I was a little nervous, but ultimately very happy with the final product.

Egg White and Egg Yolks - both have a part in this movie.

You want to beat the egg yolks until you can form a ribbon that takes a few seconds to dissolve.

The egg whites on the other hand need to be beaten until you reach soft peaks.

And now for my favorite ingredients: Bittersweet Chocolate (get the good kind) and butter!

Melt the chocolate until smooth.

Once the chocolate has cooled slightly, gently whisk in your egg yolks (and a little bit of whiskey!)

Next, gently fold in the egg whites. Take your time with this because you want your end product to be light and fluffy. If you fold the egg whites and chocolate too quickly, you will have a very tough consistency.

You can also fold in fresh whipped cream for a lighter texture. I like my mousse a little dense and rich so I only folded in about 1/2 cup of whipped cream. Most other recipes will call for 1-2 cups.

And there you have it - your final product. But don't eat it just yet! Refrigerate it in your ramekins for at least 3-4 hours before serving. I used a star piping tip to make pretty swirls of mousse in my ramekins.

Happy Oscar Weekend!

Happy Red Velvet Cupcakes Day!

Oh…and Happy Valentine’s Day too!

I learned two fun tricks making these Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting:

#1 – It’s very easy to make chocolate decorations for your cupcakes. Pipe melted chocolate into whatever shape you want (hearts, initials, etc.) onto parchment paper, put the parchment paper in the refrigerator; 30 minutes later, end up with cute decorations.

#2 – All you need is a rose piping tip to create fun ruffles on your cupcakes. Nope, not all my screws are loose, I know these are not roses, but I think they still look pretty cool.

Rose Piping Tip

Icing Ruffles - not to be confused with Icing Roses ūüôā

Hope everyone has a fabulous Valentine’s Day!

Napoleons – GOSH!

Want to make a special dessert for your honey this Valentine’s Day? No? Okay. Want to make a special dessert for yourself?? Either way, these Strawberry Napoleons are the way to go. They are fun, unique and most importantly, tasty.

Strawberry Napoleons

Napoleons are traditionally a French dessert made with layers of puff pastry filled with pastry cream. Let’s put tradition aside for a little while and see what we can come up with. The most obvious detour I took from the tradition napoleon was the substitution of fresh strawberry whipped cream in the place of pasty cream. I have never been a fan of pasty cream as I find it to be a little too rich. I’m probably the only girl you’ll find who will pass up a cream filled donut :(. So I decided to make a lighter, fresher filling.

Fresh whipped cream whisked to stiff peaks.

Freshly diced strawberries.

Gently fold the strawberries into the whipped cream. Do not over mix because you want to keep the whipped cream nice and fluffy.

Cut out the puff pastry with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and place on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Place another pan on top of the pastries so they do not 'puff' too much making it easier to create the layers in the Napoleons.

Assembly: puff pastry -> strawberry whipped cream -> puff pastry -> strawberry whipped cream -> puff pastry.

Sift some powdered sugar on top of each napoleon.

Top with fresh strawberry and you have a pretty good looking dessert!

Are You Ready For Some Football?!

These game day cupcakes are ready for a win tomorrow!

Fun Super Bowl themed cupakes!

Cupcake #1 is a vanilla cupcake topped with green turf made out of vanilla buttercream frosting and garnished with a chocolate football.

Cupcake #2 is also a vanilla cupcake but this time I used a chocolate buttercream frosting. The left over frosting was piped directly into my mouth :).

Happy Super Bowl weekend and Go New York Giants!

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