White Chocolate Mousse with Strawberry Sauce
This mousse is simple to make, all you need good quality white chocolate and fresh eggs. The decoration is personal, but I chose to use strawberries, edible flowers and mint leaves.
broken into pieces
roughly 1 1/2 teaspoons
Grand Mariner or Chambord
Assorted edible flowers
Place 1 1/2 cups of the cream in a saucepan; sprinkle with the gelatin and let stand 10 minutes.
Place the saucepan on medium heat and add the chocolate.
Cook, stirring with a whisk, until the chocolate is melted.
Add egg yolks and beat well. Remove from the heat and refrigerate for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.
Beat remaining 1 1/2 cups cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form. Fold into the cooled custard.
Using clean beaters, beat egg whites and salt until soft peaks form.
Gradually add sugar, while beating, until stiff peaks form.
Fold the whites into the custard and stir until fully incorporated. (You may use a whisk for this step.)
Place mousse in a large, decorative dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
During that time clean the strawberries, and remove the tops. Place in a food processor and purée the strawberries, sugar, and liqueur to make the sauce.
Before serving decorate with fresh strawberries, mint leaves, violas, or Johnny Jump-ups, if in season.
To plate, spoon several tablespoons strawberry sauce onto the plates, and top with a dollop of mousse.
Note: this can also be served in individual goblets or small dishes.