Valentine dessert

February 12, 2010  • 

 

i am still trying to come to grips with this Valentine business; my definition of it seems to change with my mood at the time. Today, it is primarily sensual: I mean who does not want to taste a creamy ganache and a tangy raspberry mousse in the same bite? Two sensations in one, yes! Enough said.


INGREDIENTS:

Raspberry mousse:

  • 1 package frozen raspberries, defrosted (12 or 14 ounces)
  • up to 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup of whipping cream
  • 2  teaspoons  of plain gelatin, melted in 2 tablespoons of cold water

METHOD:

  1. Place the raspberries and sugar in a saucepan and heat for 5 minutes till sugar is melted.
  2. Pour the mixture in a blender and puree. Strain into a bowl through a sieve.
  3. Using a spatula, force the raspberry puree through, leaving the seeds out. Collect one cup for this dessert and leave the rest for another dish.
  4. In a tiny bowl, pour 2 tablespoons of cold water; sprinkle the gelatin over and let it rest for 5 minutes; it will drink up the water. Meanwhile,
  5. Whip the cream in a bowl till soft peaks form. Set aside for a minute. Place the gelatin in the microwave for 15 seconds till liquid. Mix quickly into the raspberry puree.
  6. Fold the raspberry and gelatin mixture into the whipped cream. Pour into the containers of your choice and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

Ganache:

  • 200 g (or 2 bars) of the best quality chocolate ( Callebaut or Lindt, at least 50% cocoa solids)
  • 150 g whipping cream (1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon liqueur of choice (optional)

METHOD:

  1. Cut the chocolate in small pieces.
  2. Heat the cream till small bubbles appear; add the chocolate and let it sit for one minute.
  3. Stir until the chocolate is melted, heat turned off. Ganache is ready, can use it right away, cool it in the fridge to form truffles or freeze it for a couple months or longer to use later.

Assembly: Release the raspberry mousse from the molds, cover with ganache and refrigerate. If you wish, you can add a strawberry sauce. I made the sauce by throwing a bag of frozen strawberries and about 1/3 cup of sugar in the blender.

NOTE: Recommended movie for a Valentine’s evening Hope Springs with Colin Firth, Minnie Driver, Mary Steenburgen and others. Cute movie and guaranteed entertainment!

Comments

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  1. sophia says:

    Creamy and tangy…definitely a perfection! 🙂

  2. Ivy says:

    I am sure there were lots of mmmmmms at every bite. Happy Valentine’s!

  3. Angie@Angie's Recipe says:

    Chocolate and berries are born to be together! A very natural sexy combination of the two flavours.

  4. Sushma Mallya says:

    wow what a great looking desert,feel like tasting it….so lovely….

  5. PJ says:

    Looks soo romantic!!!!!!

  6. Priya says:

    Woww wat a beautiful valentine dessert, looks marvellous, beautiful and soo pretty..

  7. Joanne says:

    So I mean. I want this. Valentine’s day or not.

    I love the raspberry/chocolate combination. So ideal. So. Ideal.

  8. oum mouncifrayan says:

    j’aime bien ta recette si simple, mais le résultat est top comme d’hab!!! grand bravo et happy valentine’s day!

  9. Rosa says:

    A fabulous dessert! So festive!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  10. pierre says:

    tres jolie douceur bravo à toi et bonne st valentin ! pierre

  11. lisa @ dandysugar says:

    Fantastic combination–raspberries and chocolate are wonderful together!

  12. souska says:

    Very delicious and happy Valentine’s Day.

  13. farida says:

    Your mousse looks great. Sounds easy to make too. I am not big at celebrating Valentine’s but I find it a good excuse to indulge in something you love:)

  14. tobias cooks! says:

    What a mousse. Delicious.

  15. Fig and Cherry says:

    Stunning presentation! I love the spun sugar and little heart candy. The texture looks so light and heavenly.

  16. zerrin says:

    Wow this looks heavenly! Perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day.

  17. spice says:

    Simple, yummy & romantic….Perfect

  18. cmiranda says:

    What a perfect dessert to catch the Valentines Day mood.

  19. Mona says:

    oh my, that one looks sinfully delicious!

  20. Alépine says:

    Ton dessert donne terriblement envie, surtout avec la sauce ! J’aime beaucoup l’association framboises-chocolat, c’est sûrement très bon !

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