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Irish Cream Milk Chocolate Mousse

by Sugar et al

It poured incessantly all weekend. Rains are great but not when it is already cold. And definitely not during the weekend. When I woke up to the rains on Saturday morning, I imagined how our weekend would turn out, walled in with no adventure. But to lift up the spirits, the Husband served a gourmet breakfast, all plated up with the perfect amount of cheese. Loads of it! Now that was not a bad start.

It did not shower in a huge downpour…just an annoying drizzle that wouldn’t go away. We came up with the idea of an impromptu visit to our earlier suburb. The twins instantly recognised the place, much to my surprise and became very excited. And so was I. That familiar lanes, shops, faces, library, parks and the BAKEWARE store. I realised how much I missed this place. We had a Vietnamese lunch at our usual table at the restaurant and talked about memories of our stay in that locality. I had stayed a considerable amount of time with the kids alone there on account of my husband’s work related travel but I was almost always at ease. Guess who I had for a neighbour. The cops!

During the course of the conversation, I was reminded of this dessert that I had made for myself at midnight during one such long travel. I made four servings, added a good deal of liquor (far more than the recipe), refrigerated them for setting up, piped a little decoration the first thing I woke up in the morning, took pictures, posted them on Facebook (for my husband to see:-)). And devoured them myself! It definitely made me feel good…and a little less lonely. Bailey’s Irish cream, I think can by default takes you to Heaven. When you add chocolate to it…need I say more!! Have you ever made something fancy, just for yourself? I would love to hear your stories.

Until this day, one of the pictures was the profile photograph of my blog’s Facebook page. But l missed posting this beauty. When I came back home, I looked up some old folders and found what I was looking for. And a lot more. So many posts that never happened. Or should I say, yet to happen.

The forecast is calling for rains all week. But guess who’s not disheartened.

Rains are great!!

Irish Cream Milk Chocolate Mousse
Serves 4

4 Egg Yolks
¼ Cup Sugar(or to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ Cup heavy cream for the custard (Crème Anglaise)
3/4 Cup Milk Chocolate chopped or broken into cubes
1 teaspoon powdered gelatine
1 Cup Heavy Cream for whipping
2 Tablespoons Irish Cream (preferably Baileys)

Heat the ½ cup cream over medium heat in a saucepan. Beat the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl. When the cream reaches boiling point take it off the heat, let it cool till just warm and add the gelatine. Let the mixture stand till the gelatine becomes puffy. Reheat the cream slightly till gelatine dissolves and slowly pour it over the egg mixture whisking constantly. Return the egg-cream mixture to the pan.

Heat the mixture under a medium-low flame, whisking constantly till the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. This is called a Creme anglaise/custard.

Place the milk chocolate in a bowl. Remove the custard from heat and pass it through a sieve into the bowl of chocolate. Let the mixture remain undisturbed for a while. Stir to smoothen out the chocolate. Cool to room temperature.

 While the custard is cooling, whip the remaining 1 cup cream to stiff peaks. Add the 2 tablespoons of Irish cream and mix gently. Store in the refrigerator till needed.

When the chocolate mixture has cooled down completely add it to the whipped cream gradually & fold in till no white streaks appear. Pour into serving glasses. Refrigerate till set, about 4 hours or preferably overnight.
To serve, pipe a little swirl of whipped cream or simply dust with cocoa powder.
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29 Responses to “Irish Cream Milk Chocolate Mousse”

  1. CCU says:

    I really want to eat this delicious mousse :D
    It looks perfect!

    Cheers
    CCU

  2. Pavithra says:

    How sweet to have a gourmet breakfast served by Hubby :)
    Well, rains…love them sometimes, hate them some other time…hmm! The mousse shot looks damn good, creamy, perfectly textured and the color of the cocoa…wow, very intricate and perfectly executed…I first thought it is the coffee powder that was dusted!! You know, instead of making 10 different dishes, one such dashing dish would make a huge difference, someday yes, someday I will try all these lovely recipes. I have never made anything fancy for myself, but I try to make different varieties of coffee, so nothing grandeur like yours :-)

    • Sugar et al says:

      Yes, its great to be pampered once in a while. Different varieties of coffee sounds fantastic. You should be here.People love their coffee. The sad thing is that I can make desserts but not make a good cup of coffee. That again is my husband’s forte:-)
      Thank you for all the lovely words.

  3. Nothing starts a weekend better than a breakfast by the hubby! These mousse looks great but unfortunately, the Baileys is out of the question for me. What could I replace it with? These look too delicious not to make.

    Nazneen

    • Sugar et al says:

      You are spot on Nazneen. I wish he is reading this:-) You can easily replace the liquor with a teaspoon of powdered coffee and get a mocha mousse instead or a teaspoon of orange zest. That will give you a orange chocolate mousse. Thanks:-)

  4. Nilu A says:

    Wow! A gourmet breakfast- that too seved by hubby.. That’s really cute and thoughtful.. The mousse looks delicious and perfect as always dear :-)

  5. We are hoping for the rain. Over here, its bad haze or smog that we are stuck at home. In fact, its emergency state for our country though today the weather looks slightly improved.

    I just love this mousse because Irish cream is my fav, which means Baileys is another much loved.

    The visuals are stunning and its simply gorgeous, the cream on top with the little bits of chocs sprinkled on top.

  6. Gorgeous! I love making mousse because it’s so simple but this is a great variation of it. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the great idea. :)

  7. These beauties would certainly bring some sunshine to a rainy day!

  8. Sugar et al says:

    Rain or sun, they are lovely. Thank you Evelyne.

  9. Carole says:

    magnifique, Sonali. Merci beaucoup

  10. Chocolate yummness at it’s best!

  11. vinita says:

    Gorgeous Looking Mousse! I’m Pretty sure it tasted heavenly , Sonali! :)

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