This was my birthday dream. You can see the photo that lured me in. Gorgeous! My other dream was that I could eat it all and not gain a pound. Doesn't every girl?!
I made the crust. It came out well. I was proud. It was a great start to the cheesecake day. Oh speaking of the author recommends making this on 2 days. Day 1 make the crust and cheesecake, and day 2 make the mouse and ganache. The reason? In between steps 2 & 3 you need to let it sit 4 hours to overnight. I couldn't wait so I let it sit about 4 hours then got right back to work. In fact I started cooking step 3 about 30 mins before 4 hours so I'd be ready.
In order to be a good cheesecake chef. Chef. You need to cook it in a water bath in the oven. Problem? We didn't have a roasting pan, or in a panic I though we didn't have any pan big enough. I'm a smart Robin since I realized we could use a large, round, oven proof saute pan. Still proud of my ingenious I succesfully cooked the cheesecake. Not even a single crack.
After sitting in the open oven for another hour, now is where you have to let it cool down, then sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours. This was the hardest part of the recipe! Really. Luckily I started cooking around 8 or 9am so there was still plenty of time left in the day for eating cheesecake. Luckily, or I would have stayed up all night preparing this thing.
We happened to get some chocolate as a birthday gift so I used that for the ganache topping. We picked up some semi sweet chocolate for the mouse layer.
Here are some more shots of ingredients. I used my my homemade vanilla extract. See those vanilla bean pods still in the liquid? It's still aging! We added espresso powder any chance we got. It's always an optional ingredient, but not for us! I love the way it brings out the chocolate flavor adding a slight coffee taste. Highlighted best in the ganache layer.
The 3rd layer is the chocolate mouse layer. This part reminds me of the book where the American is living in France and (typically American) paranoid about eating raw eggs. She makes a similar mouse recipe with raw egg whites and yokes. All her French in laws tell her we're all un-neceassarily paranoid about such nonsense here and she should just go ahead and enjoy it. I did.
Yep. This book: French Kids Eat Everything
Cooled melted chocolate + butter + raw egg yokes. Fold in whipped raw egg whites + sugar + cream of tartar. Then fold in whipped heavy cream + sugar + vanilla extract. It's amazing how well I memorized the recipe after making just once.
Side story: That reminds me of the scene in that Harry Potter book when he reads his parents' headstone just once and takes it all that one time. (not in the movie)
More gorgeous photos of amazing chocolate. Hope you aren't hungry reading this.
It was worth it. Every bite was amazing! It had a perfect combination of flavors and textures. Really not too sweet at all. This course depends on what chocolate you choose. I think it was perfect so not too rich but tasted like heaven.
It was a great success and continues to live in our fridge a dwindling happy birthday to me gift. Again for the full recipe please visit: http://www.mangiodasola.com/2010/02/chocolate-mousse-cheesecake.html