My brother (from eat drink play) has been cooking his way through the French Laundry Cookbook and having a blast. He's been sharing a few of the dessert recipes from the book with me. With a whole pile, I haven't had much time to getting around to them. Finally last week, while I was in New York, he wanted to know why I keep asking for recipes but not actually doing anything with it. Guilty as charged. So here we are, some French Laundry chocolate mousse! This dessert is absolutely heavenly. It's so light and fluffy, it feels like you're eating chocolate clouds.
adapted from the french laundry cookbook
- 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup meringue (recipe follows)
- Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. Bring 1/2 cup of the cream to a simmer and pour over the chocolate. Let sit for a minute, then stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Let cool to room temperature.
- Beat the remaining 1/4 cup cream to soft peaks. Fold the reserved meringue, and then the whipped cream, into the chocolate mixture.
- 5 large egg whites
- 1 cup sugar
- Combine the egg whites and sugar in a metal mixer bowl.
- Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk gently until the whites are warm and the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove the bowl from the heat and place it on the mixer stand. Use the whisk attachment to beat the whites until soft peaks form.