I like chocolate.
However I need my chocolate to be part of something bigger.
It can be the star of the show. Definitely.
But there needs to be a show. (No matter how small!)
I prefer it’s sweetness be offset with the tartness of fruit. Strawberries. Raspberries. Pineapple.
It’s texture elevated with the addition of nuts, coconut, honeycomb, popcorn.
I’ve come to believe my chocolate preferences are an extension of my personality.
The part of me that gets bored quickly.
The part that says too much of anything (even if it’s good), can become dull and monotonous.
My husband and daughter do not share my opinion.
To be honest they passionately disagree with me.
So for them, this dessert was perfect.
They thoroughly enjoyed it.
I on the other hand struggled.
I followed Dorie’s recipe and then promptly threw it out.
I did not like it! Actually none of us did.
I turned to my collection of cookbooks and searched the internet to see what I was doing wrong and how I could improve the flavour.
I noticed a few of the recipes had butter added to the melting chocolate and cream mixed into the final product.
I ended up following Dorie’s recipe and then adding the extra’s from Donna Hay’s recipe I found here.
My hybrid mousse was much nicer.
And the raspberries took the taste to another level.
I’m looking forward to reading what the rest of the French Fridays with Dorie group thought of this one!
November 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm
I know it’s blasphemy, but chocolate doesn’t thrill me like some other things do.
I like hearing how people are able to take a recipe and turn it into something that suits them. Bravo 🙂
November 10, 2012 at 1:12 am
I am also a fan of mix-ins & texture so I think I’m more on your team than your husband & daughter’s. Your mousse looks beautiful with the raspberry garnish – I kinda failed in the garnishing department.
November 10, 2012 at 10:30 am
I agree with you about chocolate being better combined with something which contrasts with it. And I too get bored easily. hmmmm, I feel a survey coming on!
November 10, 2012 at 10:54 am
Good save! 🙂
I consulted about 6 cookbooks before making the mousse – it made me feel silly, since it seemed to be so easy, but I’m glad I did. I learned that there are a lot of variations to chocolate mousse! (And Dorie and Julia’s are different.)
November 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm
the mousse looks great! and good persistence to get the right chocolate mousse – seemed to of payed off 🙂
and i agree adding fruit and nuts really makes chocolate sing!
November 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm
I put raspberries and shredded mint for my white chocolate mousse and it was super delicious! 🙂 Although for the rest of them, just the chocolate was enough for us, but toasted nuts and the like wouldn’t have been terrible!
Oh btw, did you see that we are doing a FFWD christmas card exchange? details are on my chocolate mousse post this week!
November 11, 2012 at 3:07 am
Interesting. I haven’t tried Dorie’s recipe yet (running way behind this week) but I am curious to see how it comes out. I already have a favorite mousse recipe which comes from my Williams Sonoma collection and it is just perfect. I think it also has cream folded in. So we’ll have to see how Dorie’s compares.
November 11, 2012 at 3:40 am
Sanya, your Mousse au Chocolat looks wonderful, I love the dark chocolaty color and the wonderful raspberries on top! I actually also happen to enjoy a little bit of fruit or nuts with my chocolate treats.
Have a wonderful weekend!
November 11, 2012 at 8:07 am
Your mousse looks fantastic! I like the idea of additions. Mine wasn’t too fabulous, though my guests enjoyed it. Hope your weekend is lovely!
November 11, 2012 at 11:23 pm
I like your raspberries. Definitely gave a great pop of color!
November 12, 2012 at 12:22 am
I like your approach! If something doesn’t fit don’t try to fit in just change it! You will be happier and healthier and it seems that it worked wonders for you and your mousse 🙂 🙂
November 12, 2012 at 1:51 am
Looks like it turned out great in the end! I usually make mousse with whipped cream but I thought this was good.
November 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm
Sorry your first batch didn’t work out. I love the raspberry garnish on your final success.
November 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm
I’m so glad you were able to tweak this to your liking…I think that’s perfectly fine for us seasoned Doristas 🙂 I love mine with berries, too.
November 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm
Interesting, Dorie’s recipe was by far the easiest I have tried (compared to both Pépin and Julia Child) and I liked it the most. What went wrong?
November 14, 2012 at 9:44 am
Very pretty with the raspberries! I’m glad you were happy with your results;-)
November 15, 2012 at 10:12 am
What was wrong with your first mousse. Was it too bitter? Your second try looks delicious and, obviously, it was. If you read the other Posts, this mousse produced mixed comments. Because of my mixing up the recipes, I am not making this until tomorrow so I am a bit curious to see how it turns out. Oh, I don’t especially love chocolate so my neighbors have all volunteered to be taste testers. Go figure.
November 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm
It was bitter, but my problem was the chocolate kept freezing up on me as soon as I added the egg yolks.
It turned into thick unmanageable mud!
November 16, 2012 at 1:25 am
Sometimes you just need to make a few tweaks. I’m so glad you found a version that you really enjoyed. It looks beautiful with the raspberries.