Friday, November 29, 2013

Mocha Pomegranate Mousse

One of the desserts I made for Thanksgiving was this lovely Mocha Pomegranate Mousse! It turned out   very pretty and flavorful so I decided to share my recipe. If you aren't a huge pomegranate lover, no worries! You can easily substitute the pomegranate with almost any other fruit/ flavor. For example, you could try this recipe using raspberries, blackberries, lemon, peach, peppermint, or even eggnog! 

Mocha Pomegranate Mousse Recipe

Mocha Mousse Layer

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream 
4 ounces milk chocolate
4 ounces coffee chocolate
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
3 tablespoons water 
2 tablespoons sugar
3 egg yolks, room temperature

1) Melt all the chocolate in a double boiler and set aside to cool
2) Crack three eggs and separate the yolks into a bowl. Set aside
3) Put the water and sugar in a small sauce pan. Stir on medium heat until it starts to bubble and become like syrup
4) Add the simple syrup (while still hot) to the egg yolks while constantly stirring 
5) Add the syrup and yolks to the chocolate and mix all together
6) Whip the heavy cream until peaks form
7) Carefully fold all the chocolate into cream until mixed together 
8) Pipe or spoon the mousse into cups/bowls and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes 

Pomegranate Mousse Layer

1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 tablespoon sugar
6 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup heavy whipping cream 
1) Put the water and gelatin in a bowl and set aside (allow gelatin to bloom)
2) Put the pomegranate juice and sugar in a small sauce pan and stir on medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the juice becomes more concentrated (once the juice starts to bubble, continue to stir on heat for around 5 minutes). 
3) Put the bloomed gelatin in the pomegranate juice and stir
4) mix the chopped white chocolate into the pomegranate juice. The hot juice should melt the chocolate
5) Whip the heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form. 
6) fold the pomegranate juice into the whipped cream
7) Pipe/spoon the pomegranate mousse onto the chilled mocha mousse
8) Put the mousse back into the fridge for at least and hour

Before Serving

1/2 cup of fresh pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup of chopped/shaved white chocolate 

1) Sprinkle the seeds and chocolate onto the cups of mousse right before serving 

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