Hey everyone! I’m back from the dead :)
Actually, I just got really busy with senior year of high school and the first semester of college (yay!) so I didn’t post for quite a while. But now I’m back and I have a recipe for you guys! I’ve been getting into cooking/baking for the past year or so, and I came across a recipe for “spuma di cioccolata”, or cold chocolate foam, in an Italian cookbook – which is basically chocolate mousse. I did tweak it slightly based on Alton Brown’s recipe for chocolate mousse found here. The first time I attempted this, I failed miserably due to a few key factors. One, I melted the chocolate badly, and it seized a bit; two, I didn’t whip the cream and egg whites properly; three, instead of folding in the whipped elements by hand I used the hand mixer. I made note of these in my modified recipe.
The first time I made this with the original recipe, I did have a problem with the chocolate melting; I took the idea of the butter from Alton Brown since it does make for a much smoother melted chocolate. The original also makes no mention of sprinkling sugar during whipping, but I would recommend doing so since the sugar helps the whip keep its structure so that it doesn’t take forever and a day to whip it to the desired texture. Also, keeping everything chilled is key: the refrigerator is your friend. Particularly when mixing the melted chocolate and egg yolk, test the chocolate temperature by putting some chocolate on your lower lip – it should feel just barely warm. If it is too hot, it will cook the egg yolks. :(
Otherwise, when made properly this makes a great quick and easy dessert that tastes rich and delicious and looks fancy too! It was a hit at my office party. :D
Without further ado, here is the original recipe from Italian Cooking:
Spuma di cioccolata / Cold Chocolate Foam
For 6 persons
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1/4 cup strong espresso coffee (a double shot if ordering from a coffee shop)
- 2 tablespoons rum (I left the rum out since I couldn’t purchase any… ㅠㅠ)
- 2/3 cup very cold heavy whipping cream
- In a 250° oven, melt the chocolate in a small saucepan.
- Add 2 teaspoons of sugar to the egg yolks and beat with a whisk or an electric mixer until they become pale yellow. By hand mix in the melted chocolate, the coffee, and the rum.
- Whip the cream in a cold bowl until it is stiff, then fold it into the chocolate-and-egg yolk mixture.
- Whip the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, then fold into the mixture. When all the ingredients have been gently but well combined by hand, spoon the mixture into glass or crystal goblets, custard cups, or any other suitable and attractive serving container. Refrigerate overnight. (This dessert can be prepared 3 or even 4 days ahead of time, but after 24 hours it tends to wrinkle and lose some of its creaminess.)
*Note: Don’t exceed the recommended amounts of rum and coffee, or you may find a liquid deposit at the bottom of the dessert.
Here is my slightly altered version of the recipe, with my own instructions:
Depending on serving size, this may make more than 6 servings.
- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1/4 cup espresso (double shot)
- 2 tablespoons of rum (leave out for the kiddies)
- 4 eggs, separated
- 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar, and a tablespoon set aside for sprinkling
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
- PREP: Place a bowl for the whipping cream and the hand mixer blades in the freezer. Preheat oven to 250°. Separate eggs; set aside whites in a small bowl and refrigerate.
- Cube the butter; combine butter and chocolate chips in a small saucepan and melt in the oven for about 5 minutes or until easily stirred smooth. (Chips will hold their chip shape no matter how long they stay in the oven, so don’t make the mistake of waiting for them to melt completely like I did – they will seize if overheated.) Remove from oven and place on stovetop; stir in espresso and mix until smooth and fully combined. Let cool for about 3 minutes.
- While the chocolate is in the oven, combine sugar and egg yolks in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until pale yellow, about 3~5 minutes.
- After chocolate mixture has cooled until slightly warm to the touch, combine chocolate mixture and egg yolk mixture by hand. Refrigerate.
- In the chilled mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream with an electric mixer until it starts to form very soft peaks, then sprinkle in a generous pinch of sugar. Continue to whip until soft peaks form, then sprinkle some more sugar. Repeat until stiff peaks form; texture should be similar to Cool Whip (maybe a bit more firm even). Refrigerate.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whip egg whites with an electric mixer on high speed until very soft peaks start to form, then sprinkle a generous pinch of sugar and continue to whip. Like the whipped cream, repeat until stiff peaks form.
- Take out the chocolate and egg yolk mixture and give it a stir. Take out the whipped cream and gently fold in by hand, a large spoonful at a time. Do the same with the whipped egg whites. Do not overmix; texture should be light and airy and the color should be light brown.
- Spoon or pipe into serving containers and refrigerate overnight. To serve, whip about 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream in the same manner as above, with a bit more sugar to taste (the goal is to taste like Cool Whip) and spoon onto the refrigerated mousse cups. Garnish with a small berry fruit and a sprig of mint. Alternatively, dust with cocoa powder. Serve.
Hope you enjoyed this recipe! I’ll try to update with procedure pics when I can.
Leave a comment and let me know how it turns out! Next time, I’ll make sure to get my hands on some rum and make it again. :)