White Chocolate Cardamom Mousse with Spekulatius Crumbs

by Meeta Wolff

This chapter is a free excerpt from What's For Lunch, Honey?.

How are you at making resolutions for the New Year? I am not much for resolutions, I have to admit. I simply believe if I need to change something in my life then I should do it—at that point, and not wait till the year ends. I am impatient by nature and waiting only dissatisfies me. If I can control it, then I can change it.

I am afraid that you won't have much control over this sweet sin though. It’s often our Christmas Eve dinner dessert: a fluffy white chocolate mousse, flavored sensually with the warmth of cardamom and sprinkled with spiced spekulatius crumbs. I made a few extras just in case any of our guests were craving seconds...I should have made enough for thirds!

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How are you at making resolutions for the New Year? I am not much for resolutions, I have to admit. I simply believe if I need to change something in my life then I should do it—at that point, and not wait till the year ends. I am impatient by nature and waiting only dissatisfies me. If I can control it, then I can change it.

I am afraid that you won't have much control over this sweet sin though. It’s often our Christmas Eve dinner dessert: a fluffy white chocolate mousse, flavored sensually with the warmth of cardamom and sprinkled with spiced spekulatius crumbs. I made a few extras just in case any of our guests were craving seconds...I should have made enough for thirds!

A nice way to kick off the new year, don’t you think? A treat to satisfy all your sweet teeth—and I know there are a few of them out there. Mousse is always an all-time favorite, being elegant and exquisite, fluffy and dense, moist and simply irresistible in every way. White chocolate epitomized the white Christmas we were having, while the cardamom added the warming glow and the spekulatius crumbs were an added crunchy bonus to play off against the smoothness of the entire dessert. It went down with our friends quite well: I watched them savor each bite, slowly and almost affectionately, until I told them there was plenty for another round.

Method:

  1. Place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir together the chocolate and cream in the bowl until the chocolate has melted. Set aside to cool.
  1. Soak gelatin in a small bowl of cold water for approx. 5 minutes, then squeeze excess water. Place the gelatin in a small saucepan and gently heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the chocolate-cream mixture and stir to dissolve the gelatin.
  1. Stir in the eggs into the slightly warm chocolate-cream mixture, then add the cardamom powder and the gelatin to the mixture and incorporate.
  1. Refrigerate for about 20-30 minutes, until the mixture has thickened slightly.  
  1. Beat the egg whites with electric beaters until firm peaks form. Fold into the cream mixture until evenly combined.
  1. Divide the mousse mixture into dessert bowls, glasses or cups, then refrigerate for 3 hours or preferably overnight until set.
  1. Before serving sprinkle generous amounts of the spekulatius crumbs over the top. Alternatively you can layer the mousse mixture with the crumbs. To do this you will need to fill your dessert glass halfway, then sprinkle a thick layer of the spekulatius crumbs, pour a layer of the mousse mixture and finally top with another spekulatius crumb layer. The mousse mixture will have to be fairly thick to avoid the crumbs sinking into the mousse while layering, so increase the initial refrigeration time in step 4 accordingly.
Mowie @ Mowielicious
Oh Meeta! You had me at Spekulatius! These look divine and I remember you telling me about it when you were making them. Amazing flavour combinations, even though I'm not a big fan of white chocolate, I can just imagine it would work well in this mousse - Yum! Gorgeous photos too as always!
JANUARY 5, 2010 10:57:00 AM GMT+01:00
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