Espresso Mousse [Recipe]

Me and my husband are absolutely fascinated with coffee. Not that we are deep connoisseurs of kinds, and specificities, we just enjoy having coffee throughout the day. In the morning to catch up, after lunch to settle and in the afternoon to increase productivity… we have a small coffee bar next to our turntable… we just enjoy it. Pure, black, creamy…

So, when I found this recipe, it turn out to be a must-do. It turn out to be a really simple yet delightful experience and another great way to enjoy coffee! So, it’s time to share if you my new family tradition.

What you will need:

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Mousse

  • 3/4 cup cold heavy cream
  • 3 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup castor/granulated sugar
  • 6 ouces (170g) dark chocolate, shraded
  • 1/4 cup espresso coffee
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Chantilly:

  • 1/2 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Chocolate shrads for decoration

What 2 do:

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Beat the cold heavy cream until getting soft peaks and let it rest on the fridge.  In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites with the salt until you get soft peks, slowly add the sugar and beat untill you get stiff peaks. Set aside.

Espresso Mousse5Double boil the chocolate until it is completely melted. Stir the espresso and the vanilla extract until smoth and take it out of the heat.

Slowly incorporate, with a whisk, the egg whites to the mixture. Do not beat, just incorporate. After completely incorporated, with a spatula, start folding the cold whiped cream into the mixture.

Put on your serving glasses and let it rest on the refrigerator from 1 hour to overnight.

For the chantilly, beat the heavy cream until obtaining soft peaks, incorporate the sugar and extract and keep beating untill it stiffens.


About & Tips:

  • I own a Nespresso machine – not the KitchenAid one, unfortunately ūüė¶ – and I have tried this recipe with one mild intensity (Duls√£o) capsule and a stronger one (Ristretto). If you are a coffee lover, the stronger the coffee you use for this recipe, the best it will taste, but if you only want that “unf” of coffee flavor, pick a not-so-strong espresso.
  • You don’t need a Nespresso machine to make the recipe work though. I’m positive that it will work just fine with a strong (dense/creamy) instant espresso coffee or brewed coffee – as long as it is strong (I need to really stress this, because if you use a mild or runny pot coffee, you won’t get the flavor or the right consistency for the mousse).Almond extract will work just fine on this as well… and it will give an exotic punch.
  • You can substitute the double boil to the microwave to melt the chocolate (30 secs intervals in med – 50% – power), but you will need the double boiler to incorporate the espresso, and the vanilla extract, so… mind as well make everything in the double boiler…
  • Why whisk the eggs and use a spatula for the cream? This is a really interesting question and it is related to what outcome you are looking for. The whisk is a tool that incorporate air to the mixture giving lightness to it. When you incorporate the eggs whites, you don’t want to brake them, but to keep “airing” them into the mixture and that’s why you use a whisk. The cream is meant to provide stability to this recipe and not to lighten it. That’s why you don’t whisk it.
  • The longer your mousse¬†stays on the fridge – covered with a plastic wrap, of course -, the better it will taste!
  • You can make the chantilly in advance and store it on the fridge or make it just before serving it (the best way).

Especial thanks to KitchenAid Blog, from where I originaly got this delight!

[Leia essa receita em português]

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Project 11.2 – Flowers [Anniverary Cake]

Wild Rose

I used the cutter with 5 petals with a point (a succulent cutter), but any 5 petal cutter would work just fine. Ruffle the borders in a thick foam pad and give it a concave shape on the thin foam pad. Shape it in the small cup putting one petal over the previous.


Country Flower

Country flowers vary a lot. In this case I chose to use a daisy base topped with a star flower.


Since I am going to use less orchids then the other flowers, and orchids are really tough to do, I decided to wait until I have more of the other pieces done. So my next steps are going to be the leaves and the cake topper, then painting and assembling the flowers with the centers and, finally making the orchids.

Project 11.1 – Flower Centers [Anniversary Cake]

Wild Rose

I chose to make a different kind of center for my wild rose, instead of using the regular steamens I am using a cut center that makes my flowers stand out giving them more depth.


Country Flower

In order to obtain this effect on your center you can use an impression mat or just puncture your gum paste sphere with your veining tool.


Project 11_1-Stamens-AniversaryCake

First day: center day!

Make centers in advance is a crucial step, especially if your project involves (as mine) a lot of flowers. These are just some of the many centers that I have prepared and set aside to dry. Always making more than I intend to use in case of emergency.

If you love to dacorate your cakes with flowers, whenever you have time off, make centers!

 

Project 11 – Anniversary Cake

This month me and my significant other celebrate our first wedding anniversary and the date could not pass without a cake!

As you can see, the amount of flowers will be challenging, but, well, it is a special occasion! On the next days I’ll be posting my progress.

About:

  • 2 tiers (6 in and 8 in)
  • Flowers:
    • Orchids (white/yellow/dark red)
    • Wild roses (white/yellow)
    • Country¬†flowers (white/yellow)
    • Leaves (light green/pearl dust)
  • Cake topper: quilling silhouette
  • Quilt pattern
  • Sugar Pearls