Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chocolate Coconut Mousse with Mango Topping


Sooo we didn't have the best pictures to work with today, but what can I say? Sometimes, the forces conspire as such, and the show must go on.  I don’t know about you, but I get really specific cravings for things.  Take chocolate.  I will get very specific about what form of chocolate I need at the moment – maybe I will really, really need a brownie, maybe it will be a candy bar form, maybe I will desperately crave a chocolate chip cookie.  And maybe it will be ice cream.  This past Saturday, I soooooo desperately wanted chocolate ice cream.  Plus, Seth had to go into work, so having ice cream ready for him when he got home seemed like the fun thing to do.  And, you know, I really wanted it.  I was all ready to make some.  Or so I thought.  Here is where the story takes a very sad turn.  I looked in the freezer to take out the bowl of the ice cream maker…. and it wasn’t there.  I somehow forgot to put it back in after making ice cream previously.  It would take about 8 hours until I could actually make the ice cream.  So, I decided that my craving could cover any form of chocolate that could be eaten with a spoon.  And I made chocolate mousse.  With a fruity topping, because I had been picturing eating an ice cream sundae.  And mangoes were pretty much all I had around.  Long story short, it definitely took care of the craving, and was pretty darn good too!  The mousse recipe is adapted from Mark Bittman’s chocolate mousse recipe in How to Cook Everything.

Ingredients
For the mousse:
5 ounces good quality dark chocolate (I used a 70%), chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 egg yolks
13.5 ounce can coconut milk, chilled
4 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 egg whites
pinch salt

For the topping:
1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter
2 mangoes, diced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoon lime juice
¼ teaspoon lime zest
¼ teaspoon ground Szechuan peppercorns
pinch cinnamon
pinch cayenne

Instructions
In a microwave-safe bowl and in 30-second increments, carefully melt the chocolate with the butter in the microwave.  After each 30-second interval, stir.  Stir in egg yolks. Chill.

Place the chilled coconut milk in the bowl of a stand mixer with 2 tablespoons sugar.  Whip on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. This actually takes awhile, just be patient.  Set the whipped coconut milk aside, and clean the mixer bowl and beater (unless you are super lucky and have two of each of these!). 

Whip egg whites with pinch salt and 2 tablespoons sugar until they hold stiff peaks.  Fold a bit of the egg whites into the chilled chocolate to lighten it.  Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg whites.  Then fold the coconut cream into the mixture.  Chill. 

Place all the topping ingredients into a small saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until everything comes together, about 5 minutes.  Chill.  

34 comments:

  1. There's nothing better than a well made mousse! I love the mango topping you made to go with it.

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  2. Food bloggers are so resourceful. :D
    This mousse sounds (and looks) luscious. Love the mango and peppercorn topping!!

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  3. Ugh, I hate it when you have a gorgeous dish and the photos just aren't quite right. It happens to me all the time. What a great-looking mousse--and a very resourceful save!

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  4. This happens to me too. I end up with a great tasting dish but not so great photo. Lol. But this one makes me crave for some. Chocolate and mango my favorites:-)

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  5. Wow Szechuan peppercorns! Very exotic. I think it's funny we posted posted mango. GREG

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  6. Chocolate and coconut make me swoon. SWOON I tell you!

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  7. looks awesome though it all worked out for the best

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  8. I get weirdly specific cravings, too. And chocolate+mango=drool

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  9. Coconut milk in a chocolate mousse - brilliant! Wish I had this for dessert tonight :)

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  10. Like Anna, I thought adding coconut milk was a brilliant idea! And fruit on top of a rich dessert somehow takes a little of the guilt away, right?

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  11. What a great idea! Loving using coconut milk instead of cream in this mousse! And the mango peppercorn topping sounds soooo super yummy :)

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  12. Oh dear...all the ingredients I love too much...lol. It's like the kind of dessert I imagine eating on a sun lounge by the seaside - bliss!

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  13. This has me dying for a bite, it looks insanely gorgeous :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  14. I'm glad the mousse was a good stand-in for ice cream. And the mango on top really makes it special!

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  15. This is a tropical treats paradise! :D

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  16. This mousse looks like a great alternative to ice cream. I forget to place my bowl back in the freezer all the time, and I could kick myself for it. Your mousse looks divine!

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  17. I love chocolate-coconut combo, but with the addition of the mango sounds just like heaven to me! Wow!

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  18. This is so decadent and rich! The next best thing to ice cream!

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  19. Mango and chocolate? Bring it on! That sounds like such a beautiful combination of flavours. :D

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  20. You make everything look so awesome here is another example just lovely!

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  21. oh, gosh...you guys SERIOUSLY have some of the *best* recipes! I'm salivating over here with hopes of MAYBE getting something like this at some point this weekend ;)

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  22. I hear you about having to post photos that you aren't necessarily in love with. But sometimes you just have to do it! And it still looks fabulous! Sounds like such a yummy recipe :-)

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  23. You know it looks almost like ice cream. I love the coconut milk you added. What's really intriquing is the peppercorns in the fruit topping. Was it spicy? Sounds delicious.

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  24. OH NO!!! I've definitely forgotten to put my ice cream maker back in the freezer before...it's such a bummer. But it looks like it all turned out alright because this mousse looks so fabulous!

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  25. This looks really good. I took photos today that really WERE crap. I hadn't noticed that someone had played with the camera settings and the speed was over 1000. A bit grainy. :)

    At least our desserts are wonderful! Yours looks fantastic!

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  26. Love the flavors here!!Love the chocolate mango combo.Delish :)

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  29. Great idea! Mango and chocolate are great together, but never tried with peppercorns: sounds delicious!

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  30. Ohhh I love the idea of chocolate coconut mousse! I think this looks absolutely delicious. Now I'M craving THAT! It's the worst when you have your heart set on making one thing but then it goes wrong, though :( Hopefully this was still good enough, it certainly looks it!

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  31. I've had chocolate mouse before but not with coconut! I already love it! And mangoes are always our family's favorite and we have it in the kitchen all the time this season. Your picture is making me very hungry for the dessert at this late hour... :-)

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  32. I think the pics came out great! they look delish and anything that helps a craving is perfect for me, yum!

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  33. nice posting. thanks for sharing

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