Be inspired by ♥ Chocolate Mousse

Many years ago I was a waitress at the Longhorn Steakhouse in Birnam (Johannesburg). One Saturday night a middle aged couple came in and would not sit at the open table in my section as they were always served by Abe. After an half hour wait the husband convinced the wife to take the table and I must have done something right. When they left she told me they would be back on Monday with their son as they wanted to introduce me to him. Lo and behold, on the Monday night in they came, with a very good looking 30ish year old and their two grandchildren. Dov and I hit it off straight away and we ended up dating for quite some time. One night we had a mini dinner party, the two of us, my best friend at the time, and his best friend. My responsibility for the evening was chocolate mousse. It was a huge success. Funnily enough, I cannot remember what else we ate that night but we chatted, and laughed and drank loads of whisky and red wine. I still think of Dov and his boys and hope wherever life took them they are happy and loved.

"Chocolate Mousse'

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse
 
Ingredients
  • 200g dark chocolate – I used Canderel sugar free chocolate
  • 200g dairy milk chocolate – I used Canderel sugar free chocolate
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 pinches Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil – you can use a teaspoon of peppermint essence, or a 35g bar of peppermint crisp chocolate
  • 6 eggs separated
  • 30mls castor sugar – I used fructose
  • 250mls cream
  • fresh mint to garnish
Method
  1. melt the chocolate with the salt and the 5 spice over a bain marie
  2. if you are using a peppermint crisp bar, melt it with the chocolate
  3. remove from the heat and add the essential oil (or the essence)
  4. beat the egg yolks until fluffy
  5. beat the egg whites with the castor sugar until stiff
  6. beat the cream until firm
  7. fold the egg whites into the cream
  8. add the melted chocolate to the egg yolks and stir in quickly
  9. slowly fold in the cream and egg white mixture
  10. place in the fridge to set and serve with the fresh mint as a garnish

Click on the links for conversions and notes.

ps – I served these with meringues that I blinged up with green glitter which was a gift from Cindy.

Tandy

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About Tandy

Tandy is passionate about using regional, seasonable and sustainable produce when she cooks. She lives in Gordons Bay in a cottage with her husband, two dogs, a tortoise and a fish. Tandy and Dave are busy building a house which is an adventure all in itself. Each year they visit a new place to experience the food of the area and you can follow along on their adventures.


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  2. Lovely story and like many others, I love the addition of the 5 spice. Inspired!

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    • it makes a zingy mousse – welcome home 🙂

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  3. Spicy peppermint chocolate mousse with blinged up meringues! Heaven. Hugs, T!!

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    • indeed! Hugs to you too my friend xxx

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  4. Great story and interesting ingredient addition!

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    • it makes the chocolate zing 🙂

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  5. What a sweet story, you never know who will cross your path and touch your heart. I love the mix of flavors in this; the peppermint and Chinese 5 Spice Powder! This will be a perfect after dinner splurge for the holidays!

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    • your words are so true! This was a weekend long splurge of indulgence 🙂

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  6. Lovely story. I fancy the idea of the five spice powder. It must give it such a delicious twist. I also like using glitter for cakes but I find it doesnt photograph well! xx

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    • as you know, my photographs are not my main priority! As long as the food tastes good, that is all that counts 🙂

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  7. Wonderful story to go with a wonderful dessert! How unique to add Chinese 5 spice powder… never heard of that being used with chocolate mousse!

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    • something spicy with chocolate really adds a nice zing to the flavour 🙂

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  8. What a lovely story to go with a delicious looking dish 😉
    Thank you for sharing your recipes.

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    • thanks for the visit Tok 🙂

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  9. Aw, I love the story and the memories! And that Longhorn Steakhouse exists in South Africa as well as the U.S. 😛 Yummm, mousse! I make a vegan version with avocado–which sounds bizarre but is actually delicious!

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    • It was my cousin’s business that the started here and moved to the US (If my information is correct). I want to try the avo version as it looks so great 🙂

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  10. What a sweet story and your recipe looks awesome!

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    • thanks so much Bexx 🙂

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  11. Looks awesome. I think the spice takes it to another level.

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    • it certainly makes the chocolate have another depth to it 🙂

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  12. Ohhh five spice is a nice addition! I love mousse 🙂

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    • I ‘stole’ the idea from Jonathan Daddia 🙂

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  13. That looks just gorgeous and sugar free! c

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    • but not quite Celi diet food 🙂

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  14. Beautiful and delicious recipe Tandy! The only chocolate mousse I eat is my mother in law’s, because it is to die for. But I think I’m going to try this recipe and give her a surprise 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Let me now what your Mother in Law thinks 🙂

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  15. Fabulous chocolate mousse recipe Tandy – I don’t usually add peppermint but think I am convinced to give it a try next time around.
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

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    • thanks Mandy, and I think I might try orange next time 🙂

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  16. Delicious looking mousse, Tandy! I don’t add any sugar to mine either, and only use dark 70% chocolate, so it’s very grown up. Lovely story, I hope your friend Dov and his boys are doing well too, wherever they are! 🙂

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    • Thanks Celia – I love dark chocolate the most so yours would appeal to me a lot 🙂

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  17. I love a recipe that comes with memories 🙂
    they are the best type

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    • Many of my recipes have a memory associated with them 🙂

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  18. Edible green glitter??? Wow! How amazing!

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    • I love using glitter on my cakes – it makes them look so pretty 🙂

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