A Chocolate Mood

A Chocolate Mood

Sundays
with Chef Peter….

Daahlings,

                        How
are you all today, hope you’re having a wonderful weekend whatever your doing, lazing
around, keeping fit, doing the washing or getting over that massive hangover
from an over indulgent Friday night out!
I
am having a melancholy sort of week, not many high points and too many lows! The
high season has sort of come to an end in Phuket, the rains have started though
we are having some lovely days and one can actually drive from point A to point
B in a reasonable amount of time!
I
always feel good when the sun is out, do you? And although some people think it’s
rubbish, I do believe the weather does affect one’s mood, well me anyway but
there again I am bit of a DQ daahlings or maybe it was just all that excessive
partying the week before! J
When
I am in one of these sultry moods I always find that food helps (of course) so I
whip up one of my favourite dishes (or binge on junk food and ice cream!) to
make the sun come out again (or at least in your kitchen it does)!
Is
any of this making sense to you daahlings?
Chocolate
is one of my loves in life. I have been in love with it since that first milky
bar my mum put in my mouth! I am a pastry chef and have been so for the past 30
years so I have spent more time with chocolate than my family, partners or
lovers. Chocolate is my mistress and I can never get enough of her!
To
cover everything about chocolate would take forever and I will be writing more
of it in the future but for today relating to the above I would like to share
with you my secret for a very quick and easy dark chocolate mousse, guaranteed to
lift your spirits any day!
And
you only need two ingredients, good dark chocolate and whipping cream!

When
I say good dark chocolate, I mean couverture (56-70% not compound or chocolate
flavour bars as it doesn’t work and you end up with a split mousse.
Now
the only down side to this chocolate mousse is that once you have made it you
have to work with it quickly as it starts to set and even though it can be
warmed slightly the results are not so good.
So
if you are making a cake with it, just have your sponge ready and sliced or if just
making chocolate mousse in glasses layered with fruits, have everything ready
on hand so you can put together quickly.
The
recipe is simple as it simply half chocolate to cream:


500gms
Whipping cream
250gms
Chocolate

1)      Whip
your cream in a mixer or by hand to soft peak

2)      Melt
the chocolate over a bain marie (make sure no water comes into contact with the
chocolate) or in a microwave (great way to melt chocolate but do on medium setting
and in short spells, giving the chocolate a good stir everytime). You want the
chocolate to be hot (45-50 ̊c). If too cool it will set as soon as it hits
the cream.

3)      Quickly
pour the chocolate into the cream and whisk on high speed or “quickly” by hand.

4)      There
you have your chocolate mousse ready for you to create your desserts or simply
pipe into nice glasses or dishes and top with grated or flaked chocolate.

5)      Keep
in fridge still ready to serve and best to leave at room temperature for 10-15
minutes before enjoying. Also freezes very well.

6)      Simply
Delicious!

Happy
Sunday and hope the sun is shining where you are!

And
in case you do wish to indulge a little with a cake, pop down to Les Diables!

Till
next week!

Chef
Peter

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6 Comments

  1. Yummo Peter. Wish you were closer. xox

  2. Yummies! =D

    I don't think I had the chance to crash and sleep after undergoing what seemed to be the most important day here but after looking at your chocolate mousse, I don't feel so exhausted anymore.

  3. That looks divine. I happen to have all the ingredients. I guess I know what I'll be making during our impromptu state holiday.

  4. We also like to prepare our own chocolate desserts like a mouse, or a cake or melted chocolate on ice cream.

    Greetings,
    Filip

  5. Peter, you've hit me at the right note! Can anyone say no to this heavenly dessert?

  6. No one says NO to chocolates!

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