10.29.10 Wild Mousse

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photos by gluttonforlife
I'm definitely a food snob of sorts. I've been known to get all uppity about faux this and that, things masquerading as other things. Margarine. Tofurkey. Miracle Whip. Why bother? (In truth, I once loved Miracle Whip on a tomato sandwich.) But G's digestive issues have made me realize that substitutions are sometimes necessary. And while gluten-free bread may not be worth the bother, certain gluten-free foods are quite nice in their own right. Anyone who's had treats from Babycakes knows what I'm talking about. So it may not come as a total surprise when I tell you that this recipe for a decadent and velvety smooth chocolate mousse is—wait for it—vegan. That's right—no eggs and no cream. I was very skeptical the first time I made this. It's suspiciously easy, requiring absolutely no whipping at all. Various recipes for vegan chocolate mousse had been popping up online, some with avocado, others with coconut milk—I think I even remember one from Jean Georges! This is the one I arrived at after a bit of experimentation.
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my lovely little porcelain ramekins come from Nicole Farhi
It combines good quality chocolate—I usually incorporate some Mexican chocolate infused with chile—with silken tofu and a hit of Kalhua, because I find that coffee beautifully accentuates the flavor of chocolate. You melt the chocolate in a double boiler, whizz it in a blender with the remaining few ingredients and chill it for a few hours. You will be astonished by the results which, incidentally, are relatively low in calories and fat. I like to serve this mousse with a topping of candied pumpkin seeds, using this recipe but with powdered ginger and cinnamon for the spices. It's a nice textural counterpoint, but you could also try a little chopped ginger, toasted almonds or a spoonful of crème fraîche (throwing vegan caution to the wind).
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i found my ceramic and copper double-boiler at the rosebowl flea market in pasadena
 

Chocolate Mousse (Vegan)

serves 6
  • — 1/2 cup organic chocolate soy milk
  • — 10 ounces best quality semi- or bittersweet chocolate
  • — 12 ounces silken tofu
  • — 2 tablespoons Kahlua
  • — 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional
  • sea salt

In a small saucepan, bring the chocolate milk to a simmer. Cool while you melt the chocolate in a double boiler. (If you don't have one, just use a metal or glass bowl set over a pan of hot water.) Remove from heat.

Combine the soy milk, silken tofu, melted chocolate, Kahlua, almond extract, if using, and a generous pinch of sea salt in a blender and puree until completely smooth. (An immersion blender also works here.) Taste and adjust for flavor, as needed.

Chill in one large bowl or 6 ramekins for at least 2 hours or overnight. The mousse sets up perfectly as it cools.



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2 Comments

My jar of Miracle Whip is used exclusively for tomato sandwiches.
David on October 30, 2010 at 4:59 am — Reply
Now I know we're truly kindred spirits!!
laura on October 30, 2010 at 5:09 am — Reply