Saturday, September 10, 2011

Easy Chocolate Mousse Bavarian Recipe

Chocolate Mousse Bavarian

Chocolate Mousse Bavarian made with evaporated milk was one of my mother's favorite desserts to serve, and it became one of my fondest memories of her. She loved inexpensive recipes that looked fancy, and this grand finale to dinner certainly fit the bill.

Easy Chocolate Mousse Bavarian Recipe

Use Evaporated Milk in
Chocolate Mousse Bavarian
This version of Chocolate Mousse Bavarian doesn't require the milk, mixing bowl, spatula or beaters to be refrigerated, and that is what makes it so simple. I would update it by using organic ingredients and kosher salt.

  • 1 envelope Unflavored Gelatin (.25 oz or 7 g)
  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) cold water
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 g) salt
  • 1 cup (240 mL) + 2/3 cup (160 mL) evaporated milk
  • 1 tbsp. (15 mL) vanilla extract

Stir About 5 Minutes, Until Gelatin and Sugar Dissolve
  1. Put the Unflavored Gelatin in a 1 quart (1 L) saucepan with the cold water, and let the mixture soften.
  2. Stir in well the sugar, cocoa and salt. 
  3. Stir the mixture over medium heat until the gelatin and sugar dissolve completely, about 5 minutes. DO NOT BOIL. Then take the saucepan off the heat.
  4. Stir in 1 cup (240 mL) of the evaporated milk.
  5. Chill the mixture in the small bowl of the electric mixer or 1 1/2 quart-size (1.5 L) bowl until it is firm.
  6. With the electric mixer, beat in at low speed the 2/3 cup (160 mL) evaporated milk and the vanilla extract until the mixture is broken up.
  7. Beat at high speed until the mixture fills the bowl.
  8. Let stand a few minutes, or until the mixture mounds when dropped from a spoon.
  9. Heap into dessert dishes and chill until ready to serve. Serves 4.
Chocolate Mousse Bavarian is wonderful for entertaining guests because it can be made ahead of time and lends itself to an elegant presentation, by topping it off with ladyfingers, sugar cookies or a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Another great garnish would be a couple of fresh mint leaves. There is something about chocolate desserts that makes them a fabulous finish to dinner, especially after Italian meals like lasagna or spaghetti. This recipe is so easy it is sure to become an everyday family favorite.

photos by Dianne Smith

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