You Have Mousse In Your Freezer (I Think)

What if I were to tell you that you have chocolate mousse in your freezer this very instant? Am I psychic? Did I break in to your house and anti-burgle a delicious dessert as a complimentary gift for visiting my blog?

Nope, I’m talking about ice cream. I was recently struck by the idea that the ingredients in a good chocolate ice cream and a good chocolate mousse are pretty close. They both start with dark chocolate, heavy cream, egg yolks, and sugar. Some mousse recipes add beaten egg whites as well. So I’ve been experimenting with barely melting leftover ice cream and putting it in a nitrous-fill whip cream dispenser. It definitely works, you just dispense right into serving glasses, and chill for a little while. It comes out ultra-light and fluffy. You can add egg whites in there too, just give a good shake before dispensing and they will aerate beautifully.

Tonight I tried a version using espresso gelato and egg whites and folding it into cooled melted chocolate beaten with the yolks. Unfortunately I rushed the cooling of the chocolate and it turned grainy, so no picture! Clearly there are lots of other flavor possibilities both with the ice cream base and whatever you choose to add to it.

I haven’t tried whipping with a blender or by hand instead of with a whip cream dispenser, but I imagine it would work fine.

However I don’t want to claim this method is ready for prime time. The biggest issue I’ve had so far is that the resulting mousse tends to be a bit too sweet. So this is more of an invitation than a recipe. Anyone else up for giving this a shot and reporting back successes or failures?

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Posted by Michael Natkin on Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 in Desserts, Experiments.

2 Responses to “You Have Mousse In Your Freezer (I Think)”

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    Michael Natkin
    October 17, 2007 at 10:34 pm #

    Two more notes:

    (1) I think the reason that melted ice cream is a bit too sweet for mousse is that very cold food needs to be sweeter because your palate gets slightly numbed when you eat it.

    (2) I’m really pleased that “anti-burgle” only has 8 prior hits on google.

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    October 17, 2007 at 11:21 pm #

    anti-burgle: someone has a new band name

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