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Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Ramsay's Chocolate Mousse

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I don't eat scallops and none of my household eats steak, but would you believe it - we all eat chocolate mousse!! I am referring to Gordon Ramsay's Cookalong Live, which was shown on Channel 4 last Friday, and had people running to the shops to buy the ingredients.

OK, so I cheated and made the chocolate mousse earlier in the day before the show was aired. I thought the boys would enjoy eating it while the show was on, and I'm not about to be messing around in the kitchen that late at night anyway - on the other hand, it was chocolate...

It was the first Gordon Ramsay recipe I have ever made and I thought the mousse was so-so. It had crème fraiche in it, which wasn't to my taste, but I really liked the addition of the Crunchie bars and will keep that in mind for future desserts!

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This is my entry for this month's Sugar High Friday, being hosted by CandyRecapper, and the theme is to make something with store-bought candy in it, hence the Crunchie.

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Gordon Ramsay's Chocolate Mousse

150g dark chocolate
250ml crème fraiche
284ml double cream
25g icing sugar, sifted
1-2 tbsp coffee liqueur (optional)
2 chocolate covered honeycombs, 40g each (frozen for 10 minutes)

Break the dark chocolate into small pieces (reserving 25g for grating later) and place in a bowl that fits snugly over a pan of boiling water. Leave until the chocolate has completely melted and then remove from the heat and set aside.

Add the crème fraiche to the melted chocolate and whisk until combined. Put the double cream and icing sugar into a separate bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until it forms soft peaks. Fold the chocolate mixture into the cream, add the coffee liqueur and stir to combine.

Remove the chocolate covered honeycomb bars from the freezer, remove the packets and wrap them in a clean tea towel. Place the tea towel under a chopping board and press down hard on the chopping board to crush the honeycomb. Open up the tea towel and tip the crushed honeycomb into the mousse and gently fold through with a spatula. (I just bashed them gently with a rolling pin through the wrapper).

Spoon the mousse into four small serving dishes and then grate over the remaining chocolate and serve. (I saved a couple of spoons of the cream to go on top of the mousse - done!)

(Printable Recipe)

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Lava Lamp Update
The new lamp is in place and is even 'more awesome' than the one I broke - this one is a traditional shape with red lava. Cappuccino muffins are on the menu again.

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Marie Rayner said...

Your mousse looks great Nic! I'm sure you could have made a delicious one anyways, without the aid of GR. But then again, I am not his biggest fan! Actually, I think he's his biggest fan! ;-)

LyB said...

Yay! for the lava lamp update! I'm sure you were pronounced "awesome" as well for making this mousse!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Very delectable pics! May I have one, please? ;)

Maggie said...

I'm pleased about the lava lamp - we can all sleep again now!
Your mousse looks much better than Gordon's did, I think you should email him and ask him to take a peek at how wonderful the chocolate mousse can look.

Anonymous said...

I always watch Gordon Ramsey - don't like the language he uses but the man can cook. My sister and brother-inlaw went to his restaurant in New York and said it was fantastic!

Your pictures look amazing and delicious.

Tulip said...

Nic,your picutres are usual. I agree with Margaret, I think GR should see how good YOUR chocolate mousse looks!

Barbara said...

Hi thanks for dropping by my site. Nice looking dessert. I once forget a book I'd bought for one of my boys for Christmas. I never did find it so I guess I actually threw it out with the shopping bags.

Rosie said...

Beautiful pics and i'm in raptures here viewing this delicious chocolate dessert!!

Pleased to hear about the lava lamp :D

Rosie x

Kajal@aapplemint said...

Gordon's desserts haven't been rating to well these days. These do look really good and i could never tell they were so-so unless u mentioned it. I know this sounds silly but u gotta try my recipe for a rich dark , smooth n silky choc mousse recipe.

i swear by it and even today my friend called n asked me to make some.

BTW love the addition of crunchie.

Brilynn said...

I really like Crunchie bars but haven't had one in a long time. I think they'd be pretty good in some cookies too...

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Trig said...

Be careful - El Gordo may get a bit angry if you keep misspelling his name!

Nic said...

Marie - you are probably spot on there!
LyB - not quite, but that would have been nice!
Aforkfulofspaghetti - sure, I'll pop one in the post!
Margaret - thanks so much, sometimes things don't look so good on the tv do they!
Chuck - thanks for visiting and no, we could do without the swearing - especially as my kids like watching it. I'm glad your sister and BIL enjoyed their visit to his restaurant.
Tulip - thank you!
Barbara - I am so glad it's not just me, shame about the book!
Rosie - thanks, and I'm so happy with the new lava lamp replacement!
Kate/Kajal - your mousse looks delicious, and those fruit kebabs are the perfect match - thanks so much for the link!
Brilynn - great idea to put them in some cookies!
JEP - don't you just love mousse?!!
Trig - oops, looks like I'm in line for a slapping with a wet noodle!

Sylvie said...

Nic, you certainly know how to tempt me to make chocolate mousse. It certainly doesn't look so-so in your pictures. Glad to hear you got a new Lava lamp.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I'll pass on the steak. I'll have a couple of scallops though. Then I'll have a big hunkin' bowl of your chocolate mousse. It's sensational.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Glad to hear the lava lamp is back in its place of honour! Crunchie bars are one my faves with their sponge toffee centre!!!

Nic said...

Sylvie - thanks, it does look tempting I must admit! It is chocolate after all!!
Susan - I don't know why we save the dessert until the end - let's just go for it!
Valli - got to love those Crunchie bars, especially when they melt in your mouth!

SteamyKitchen said...

Welcome home lava lamp!!!

hey, beautiful shot - love the first photo.

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

Anything with Crunchies in it is good in my book :)

Nic said...

Thank you so much SteamyKitchen!

Scott - I have to agree with you there!

Abitofafoodie said...

I love the way you have presented these! So beautiful.
I tried Gordon's recipe earlier this week and agree with you that the creme fraiche flavour is... a little overpowering, in some ways. But the addition of the Crunchie bars is definately a winner!

Nic said...

Hi Antonia - it's interesting to hear your views on the mousse, and the Crunchie bars are really great!

Jeanne said...

I'm intrigued by the idea of Crunchie bits in mousse. Have to admit that I missed the whole cookalong thing, but I know quite a few people here at work who did it...

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

MMMMM.......Gordon Ramsey or the mousse,...???? The dessert of course!!!

chocolatesgifts said...

pictures itself is very mouth watering.. how much more in real.. love it.. thank you for sharing.. :)