Friday, 24 August 2007

White Chocolate and Passion Fruit Mousse


Thamks to Lisa and Yvonne who are running an event about seasonal fresh produce - La Festa al Fresco 2007 . There are so many good things about just now to buy or pick – it’s hard to choose! I managed though =)

I’ve been really bad over the summer at trying to fit in blogging events, but it just hasn’t worked out. This Fresh event however, fitted right in with the way I’m cooking at the moment and I chose raspberries for this seasonal fresh event.

This is from Nigella Lawson's Forever Summer book. This is a simple dessert where you place raspberries in the bottom of glasses, cups, ramekins – you know the sort of things. Then you make an egg white puffed white chocolate mousse. You can leave them to sit overnight and get the raspberries soused with the passion fruit juice, but I like them after 4 – 6 hours in the fridge.
I would never have come up with a three way matching of white chocolate, passion fruit and raspberries, but it does work very well. My hubby is a white chocolate fan, I don’t mind it but wouldn’t eat it by the square, here though the passion fruit takes the tickle away from the chocolate and leaves a good flavour. I halved the recipe for 6 six servings.

WHITE CHOCOLATE AND PASSIONFRUIT MOUSSE
From Nigella Lawson’s Forever Summer.
300g white chocolate
6 eggs, separated
10 passion fruit
300g - 500g raspberries
Break the chocolate into pieces and melt in the microwave for about 3 minutes, or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water then set the bowl aside, and let the chocolate cool a little. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Mix the egg yolks into the cooled chocolate, though be gentle to ensure it doesn’t seize. Cut the passion fruit in half and scoop them, juice, pulp, seeds, into the yolk and chocolate mixture, then fold into the egg whites until completely incorporated.Line the bottom of either a big glass bowl or 8-10 small glasses with a layer of raspberries – it’s hard to be specific: it depends on the diameter of the glasses, or bowl, at the base really - and pour over the mousse. Leave for a couple of hours to set in the fridge, or for at least 4 if you’re using one large bowl. Strangely, given that I lean normally towards the communal rather than individual serving, I generally go the one-glass-one-person route. I think it’s because this is intense enough to require - even for me - small portions, and it’s impossible to dollop out as little as would fill a small glass without seeming mean. (my note: this dessert contains uncooked eggs).
Serves 8 -10 depending on the size of glass used

26 comments:

Anh said...

This sounds so wonderful... I love this combo a lot. Will have to try out myself...

KJ said...

Hi Kelly-Jane, for me this is a dream recipe come true. I love all three ingredients. Did your hubby enjoy it?

lynn said...

This looks like a fabulous dessert. I love white chocolate and raspberries together, but I'd have to leave out the passion fruit. A hot car on a bumpy road in Hawaii filled with fresh-picked passion fruit has, I'm afraid, put me off passion fruit for a long, long time.

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love the combination of white chocolate with citrus and sour fruit, Kelly-Jane - this is sinfully delicious!

Deborah said...

These look amazingly good!!

Susan said...

This looks very light and luxurious. I once made a white chocolate mousse, but it was much denser than this. Not complaining, but it just wasn't the beautiful results you got here.

Cynthia said...

Kelly-Jane, what are you doing to me? On Tuesday you fed be decadent homemade ice cream and now today I have white chocolate and passion fruit mousse... I am weak, have pity on me :)

Ivonne said...

Oh, I just love it! It's so refreshing and a perfect way to celebrate summer's bounty. Thanks so much for taking part!

Lis said...

Uhmm.. I'd like to reserve a seat next to you and your yummy mousse (mice?) at the Festa table, please!

Wonderful flavors.. even I, hater of the white chocolate, am swooning over these. :D

Thanks so much, Kelly-Jane!!
xoxoxo

Lydia said...

What a thoroughly decadent dessert! Yum.

Truffle said...

What a spectacular dish. I'd love to try it.

Kate said...

you have nice flavours going on here. I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks !

Glossy said...

That looks delicious. I love white chocolate. I keep saying I must try Bill's white chocolate moose with passionfruit. Sounds like a winning combination.

Nora B. said...

Hi Kelly-Jane, that first photo looks so enticing. I think white choc is a bit too sweet on its own but the combination with slightly sour passionfruit and rasberries sounds perfect.

Cynthia said...

Hi Kelly-Jane, I've tagged you for an MEME, it's a little different and you can check it out on my blog when you get a chance.

Valli said...

It's not fair to have me drooling and my stomach growling so early in the morning!! Love everything about your mousse...or is that mousses....

Peabody said...

Now this I can eat. I am normally not a passion fruit fan, I like the flavor, just not the look. But this mousse cleverly disguses that.

annauk said...

These look scrummy KJ - but I can't quite get my head around passion fruit...to much like frog spawn for my liking, LOL
xx

Kelly-Jane said...

Hi Anh, thanks for visiting =) It's a lovely pudding.

KJ, He really liked it!

Lynn, Oh dear Lynn, you've been traumatised! Maybe one day you'll be able to see/smell them again...

Patricia, It was, but wwhen the chocolat is melted there doesn't look to be that much of it ;)

Deborah, Thank you.

Susan, Thank you! I think it's the lack of cream that gives it a soft-but-firm finish.

Cynthia, I'm weak too! & thank you for the MEME, I'm putting my thinking cap on :)

Ivonne, thank you :)

Lis, I was wondering aboit mice as well! haha.

Lydia, It's a grat little quick pudding - you could easily do this one :)

Truffle, If you give it a go let me know what you think...

Kate, Thank you.

Glossy, I'll have to have a look for Bill's one and see how it differs :)

Nora, It works really well, balancing out the chocolate.

Hi Valli, Thank you for visiting :)Always read food blogs on a full stomach! Well in theory anyway heehee!!

Peabody, Yes, it's just the odd seed peeping through here and there!

KJxx

Kelly-Jane said...

Anna, LOL! The frog spawn effect is pretty much hidden here =)

KJxx

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Yes please! Just catching up on our return from travels. You've made some superb looking things while we've been away.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

And that is a perfect end of summer dessert! Passion fruit complimenting raspberries.

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Very nice blog, I added you to my Technorati favourites to visit more often :)

Greetings, Margot

Meeta said...

Oh my Kelly-Jane this looks incredible! What a interesting combination!

Tartelette said...

Love the combo! I would devour 2 of these in one sitting!

Thommy Mikalsen said...

Yeap - it sounds wonderful. I just finished making it - but I have to wait until it sets (can't wait :-) )

I saw Bill Granger making this on BBC food the other day and I decided to buy the ingredients the next day. I could find his recipe - so I googled it and found yours. Thanx!!!!

Regards,
Thommy, Norway