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Angels Unawares, Serial #7 and White Chocolate Mousse

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So where in The Book of the Laws of the Universe is it written that Valentine’s Day is the do-all, end-all on defining the status of one’s romantic life and desirability? Who made up that rule? To believe all the hype being circulated out there, if you aren’t swept off your feet by Prince or Princess Charming in a 24-hour (which really amounts to only about four hours if you subtract for work and sleep and certain other hygienic responsibilities) whirlwind of flowers and jewelry and dinner and drinks and dancing, then you must be either be a psycho-loser or a loser with an eye growing out the back of your head (which might be kind of useful and maybe even sexy but that’s for another post).

To hell with that rule!

I mean Valentine’s Day is an OK day for love and romance–though the restaurants are jammed and the roses cost twice as much. But why not some other day–say April 6th or June 19th or September 27th? Those days are just as good for romance as dumb old (and cold and snowy) February 14th.

So we’ve got a suggestion for this February 14th. Let’s forget all the show and hype and hurt feelings when things don’t live up to expectations and do something we at Reading and Recipes know is guaranteed to bring pleasure and satisfaction–make (and eat) a kickass out-of-this-world delicious and sinfully decadent dessert!

This White Chocolate Mousse will make you forget what day of the year it is or care even if you remember. Prince Charming–who’s that? I’ve got something better to do on my February 14th. (But if Prince Charming shows up, there’s a second serving to give him–but only if he brings a really big bouquet of roses. If not, leave him out there in the snow and eat the second serving yourself.)


White Chocolate Mousse

2 1/2 ounces good-quality white chocolate (such as Ghirardelli), broken into pieces*

2 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

2 eggs, separated and allowed to come to room temperature

1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons Frangelico liqueur (optional)

2/3 cup whipping cream, cold

Add the white chocolate and butter to a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until both are melted. Set aside. (If this mixture begins to separate, just stir until the ingredients are mixed together.)

Add the egg yolks, powdered sugar, and Frangelico liqueur (if using) to a bowl. Beat the ingredients together with an electric mixer for about a minute, or until the mixture turns a pale yellow and a thick ribbon is formed when the beaters are lifted. Pour this mixture into the top of a double boiler. Cook this mixture, whisking constantly, over simmering water for 3 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from the heat and pour into a large mixing bowl. Add the cooled white chocolate and butter mixture, and whisk until everything is incorporated and forms a thick, smooth batter (see picture directly below).

white chocolate mixture

In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold the egg whites into the white chocolate mixture, creating a light and airy mixture (like the picture below).

after egg whites

In a cold, metal bowl, beat the cold whipping cream until stiff peaks are formed. Fold the whipped cream into the mousse mixture.

Divide the mousse between two serving cups. Refrigerate the mousse for at least 2 hours, or overnight. When ready to serve, sprinkle mousse with cocoa powder, fruit, candy, or toppings of your choice, or top with a generous portion of whipped cream.

white choc mousse

Serves 2.

*If using Ghirardelli squares, each square is 0.5 ounces; you will need five squares for this recipe.

bite of mousse

{Adapted from the “Silver Palate Cookbook”}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #7 of “Angels Unawares”.

Angels Unawares, Serial #7, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Angels Unawares, Serial #7, text © Jeffrey Anderson


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