Thursday, 13 March 2014

Chocolate, Whisky and Hazelnut Mousse

The best thing about a mousse is that if you are cooking for loads of people, you can make lots, tip it into some nice glasses and after a few hours chilling, you will be guaranteed a whole load of 'oohs' and 'aahs' from your mates. Great! This one is a bit of an adult mousse, one that I had to hide from my daughter (sorry Cerys). With a punch of whisky, not too much sweetness and a crunch of roast hazelnut, it just takes that already impressive blend of airy chocolate and cream into another dimension. An absolute doddle of a dessert, give it a go choc lovers.

Chocolate, Whisky and Hazelnut Mousse
Makes 4

300ml double cream
200g 70% proof chocolate
50g soft brown sugar
2 eggs, separated
2 tbsp whisky
2 handfuls of hazelnuts, toasted in a dry pan and roughly chopped

1 - Heat up the double cream in a thick bottomed pan along with 1 handful of the hazelnuts. Break up the chocolate and add to the cream along with the sugar. Stir until completely dissolved then pour through a sieve into a separate bowl.
2 - Allow to cool slightly. Stir in the whisky and egg yolks thoroughly.
3 - Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Beat in roughly one third of the egg whites, and then gently fold in the remaining.
4 - Tip into your glass of choice. Cover with foil or shrink-wrap and allow to set in the fridge for at least 2 hours. They will keep for a couple of days.
5 - When ready to serve, sprinkle with a few of the chopped roasted hazelnuts.

12 comments:

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

You're right - there's nothing like a simple, good chocolate mousse. I've never come across anyone who doesn't like choc mousse. Think I'd prefer brandy to whisky in this, though...

Rosie said...

Ooooh yes please David for a taste of this choccy mousse it sounds wonderful :)

Rosie x

Sylvie said...

What a nice idea to add whiskey for the flavour and hazelnuts to add extra texture. Lovely, how could anybody say no?!

Jules said...

Ohhhh does this look and sound good!

Jan said...

Mmmmmmm! Whisky and chocolate, what a lovely combination.

Thanks for popping by my humble abode, David, and for your kind comments.

Funnily enough, one of my English friends in California is from Boldon. Small world, init?

Lisa said...

I'm not much of a dessert girl, but how could I resist this? And it's got whisky too.

Peter M said...

Good show David and now you've got ne singing the Thin Lizzy tune, "Whiskey in the Jar"!

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David Hall said...

FOS - lovly with brandy too, I agree

Rosie - any time!

Sylvie - I've yet to meet anybody who has said NO!

Jules - thanks

Jan - My pleasure! And yes, what a small world it is, weird?!

Lisa - it is chocolate, end of story!

Peter - music and food, what a combo!

Helen - glad you approve!

Lizzie said...

So simple yet it looks so impressive! Whisky with chocolate seems like a great match to me. I'm not much of a dessert-maker, but this I must try.

Mansi Desai said...

wow, that sure looks like an "Adult" dessert:) loved the combo!!

btw, I'm hosting a Monthly Mingle event on my blog this month, and this Mousse could be a great addition to the roundup. please check the details here hope to see you there!