Chocolat Mousse


Here in Canada, we have our own Food Network. It has it’s own original name, “Food Network Canada” (how creative).

Us Canadians are uptight about “foreign” influences and our government tries to protect our industries from foreign domination (US) and dually to promote Canadian content in literature, print media, television, radio, music and even commercials.

The government body responsible for this regime is the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Without the CRTC, there would be no Food Network Canada which by law must have a certain percentage of Canadian-produced shows on air.

The CRTC is a double-edged sword but in the instance of food, I think they’ve done good by giving some Canadian food personalities a chance at the food spotlight.

At Food Network Canada, there’s a Cooking Club Recipe Challenge held each month and a recipe from one of the Network’s Canadian personalities is chosen as the featured recipe.

Several food bloggers like myself reproduce the featured recipe along with their own little twists.

This month’s recipe is Laura Calder’s Chocolat Mousse. Laura Calder is from eastern Canada and her show’s called French Food at Home. I’ve tried a couple of her recipes and I was pleased with the results. I understand she’ll be back for a second season (yay…she’s hot)!

Her chocolate mousse is very straight forward but I should underline that raw eggs are used here and if you don’t have the freshest of eggs, are pregnant, elderly or infirm then please try a mock chocolate mousse.

This dessert is simple elegance, easy to make and a joy to eat…licking each little bit of mousse off the spoon. The hint of orange is always welcome and for my own little twist, I crushed some Amaretti cookies to top off this classic dessert.

Chocolat Mousse

  • 5 ounces dark chocolate
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 tbsps sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tbsp Cointreau
  1. Melt the chocolate over a bain-marie (double boiler) until smooth. Beat the egg whites to soft peaks, sprinkle in sugar, and continue beating to a stiff meringue, a minute or two longer.
  2. Beat the yolks with the orange zest and Cointreau in a bowl.
  3. Whisk the chocolate into the yolks. Fold in a spoonful of the whites, then pour the chocolate into the remaining whites and fold gently to combine evenly. Pour the mousse into a serving bowl. Wrap well with plastic, and refrigerate at least a few hours. Serve garnished with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and a little orange zest.

© 2008,
Peter Minakis

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31 Comments for “Chocolat Mousse”

Heather

says:

That is lovely, Peter. Orange and chocolate is one of my favorite combos. the whole Valencia-borgia thang.

Sorry I’ve been such a flake about your blog the past few days. :\

Rosie

says:

This is really a fabulous dessert chocolate & orange is such a classic great combo also one of my favourites! Great recipe Peter :)

Maryann

says:

I guess I am a “foreign dominator” haha. You should call this “chocolate moose”. Doesn’t Canada have a lot of moose? ;) It looks lovely, Peter :)

glamah16

says:

Good one Maryann.I am so looking forward to visiting Canada and checkout this network amongst over things. It seems so diverse.

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining

says:

Love the orange and chocolate combo! Bahhh…we drink raw goat milk so a couple of raw eggs don’t scare me!!!
I think DH would really love me for this one!

Allen

says:

Looks great, I’ll brave the raw eggs!

Too funny about the Canadian rules, I watch alot of HGTV here in the states and all of the good shows are Canadian in origin. They don’t say they are Canadian (because local school children wouldn’t be able to locate it on a map), but all of the people have the accent :-) My partner is Canadian and we plan to move there some day … hopefully, soon. I hadn’t thought about how my Food Network viewing could be impacted … do you get all of the same US celebrity chefs?

Bellini Valli

says:

I haven’t joined the Cooking Club recipe challenge as yet Peter. The mousse would have given me a reason to participate. I wonder what chefs they have on the American Food Network? I can Google it of course :D

giz

says:

Now that you’ve said raw eggs and infirm in the context of danger I wonder…hmmm… :). The mousse looks beautiful – all of Laura’s stuff is great and she always makes it look so easy.

Emiline

says:

That’s interesting about Food Network Canada. I would love to watch some of the different shows.
I love chocolate mousse! This looks great.
I won a chocolate mousse contest in high school, by the way. My mommy helped me.

Ben

says:

Oh this looks great!
Sometimes here we look at Canada like just an extension of the States, but you have your Food Network Canada, that is like a whole different world :-p
Thank you for the enlightenment :)

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Looks delicious! Mousse is a delicious dessert

I didn’t know that about FNC, but I doubt you’re missing very much. If you’re not familiar with the likes of Sandra Lee, you really need to look up some of her “recipes”–that (very sadly) sums of the state of Food Network in the US.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Looks delicious! Mousse is a delicious dessert

I didn’t know that about FNC, but I doubt you’re missing very much. If you’re not familiar with the likes of Sandra Lee, you really need to look up some of her “recipes”–that (very sadly) sums of the state of Food Network in the US.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Looks delicious! Mousse is a delicious dessert

I didn’t know that about FNC, but I doubt you’re missing very much. If you’re not familiar with the likes of Sandra Lee, you really need to look up some of her “recipes”–that (very sadly) sums of the state of Food Network in the US.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Looks delicious! Mousse is a delicious dessert

I didn’t know that about FNC, but I doubt you’re missing very much. If you’re not familiar with the likes of Sandra Lee, you really need to look up some of her “recipes”–that (very sadly) sums of the state of Food Network in the US.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Looks delicious! Mousse is a delicious dessert

I didn’t know that about FNC, but I doubt you’re missing very much. If you’re not familiar with the likes of Sandra Lee, you really need to look up some of her “recipes”–that (very sadly) sums of the state of Food Network in the US.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Looks delicious! Mousse is a delicious dessert

I didn’t know that about FNC, but I doubt you’re missing very much. If you’re not familiar with the likes of Sandra Lee, you really need to look up some of her “recipes”–that (very sadly) sums of the state of Food Network in the US.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Looks delicious! Mousse is a delicious dessert

I didn’t know that about FNC, but I doubt you’re missing very much. If you’re not familiar with the likes of Sandra Lee, you really need to look up some of her “recipes”–that (very sadly) sums of the state of Food Network in the US.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Looks delicious! Mousse is a delicious dessert

I didn’t know that about FNC, but I doubt you’re missing very much. If you’re not familiar with the likes of Sandra Lee, you really need to look up some of her “recipes”–that (very sadly) sums of the state of Food Network in the US.

Mike of Mike's Table

says:

Looks delicious! Mousse is a delicious dessert

I didn’t know that about FNC, but I doubt you’re missing very much. If you’re not familiar with the likes of Sandra Lee, you really need to look up some of her “recipes”–that (very sadly) sums of the state of Food Network in the US.

Astra Libris

says:

Peter, thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog – I’m honored and delighted that you visited!

What kinds of birds do you have? Birds are so incredible, gorgeous, and special… I often wish I could convince the cats to get along with a bird so I could have a bird again (I had one when I was very young, and he was endearing!)

Mmmmm… Ohhhhh… Your chocolat Mousse looks and sounds heavenly… Your presentation is especially gorgeous and dramatic… Oh my oh my…

Peter M

says:

Heathz, iss aight!

Rosie, I love orange and chocolate.

Maryann, we have lots of moose (further north) and it tastes great!

Allen, Canada is a very tolerate place..you gonna get married up here?

To Allen etal..think of Food Network Canada like a franchise…we have the major food celebs and some shows are delayed in reaching us as it depends on what shows are picked up by the Canadian execs. Our network has a combo of US, Canadian and Int’l celebs and a separate website that forces us to go the the US site for many recipes. Damn CRTC!

Val, you still have access to http://www.foodnetwork.com.

Giz ,you’re familiar with Laura Calder?

Pixie, next you’ll asked to be hand fed…sheesh!

Nuria, you don’t like chocolate? Our friendship IS done, over! lol

Ben, we consider ourselves similar yet different.

Mike, through the website and internet writings, I’ve heard of her and some other lame food celebs.

Pat, you get two glasses (1 for Joao).

Astra, it’s my pleasure and remember, let’s have some Israeli dishes.

Helene

says:

I really like her show. I usually boil my eggs for 1 1/2 minute before using the yolks. I don’t know if this helps or not. That mousse looks so rich and delicious.

White On Rice Couple

says:

Chocolate Moussse in a martini glass…this is not good for us! It’s not good that you’ve given us the idea of both eating and drinking from the same “bowl”. This photograph is beautiful! It should be on the cover of a magazine!

Allen

says:

If/when we move to Canada, we will definetly get married and I will attain Canadian citizenship. He is from Vancouver and that’s likely where we’ll reside, but I do love Toronto (minus all the snow). I grew up in Michigan, so dread snow. :-)