I have discovered the wonderfulness of Chambord. Until a few short weeks ago, I had never even heard of it. A co-worker mentioned something about a Chambord Margarita and was shocked that I had never heard of it. Then she was excited that she got to introduce me to something new, food related. That night I bought a small bottle and was instantly in love. We've been playing ever since.
One of the results of my "playing" is this delicious Chambord Lemonade. You can find the recipe (along with lots and lots of great cocktail recipes) over at Cocktail Puppy
If you've never ventured over there...I highly recommend it.
Now, on with the show. My Chambord Chocolate Mousse. The inspiration was born from my love of chocolate and raspberries, but was not an instant success. The first recipe I tried was not mousse-like at all. It tasted good...but was way too firm, and overly rich. I had used a recipe that I tried last year hoping that the issue was the cook and not the recipe (my first attempt had the same results). After 2 tries I realized it was the fault of the recipe. Too much chocolate and not enough air (from eggs or cream or something). I'm not a professional by any means or even an expert. When I try a recipe and it fails, I assume its my fault. When I try it twice with the same failure...well, let's just say I feel better about myself.
This time, I consulted an expert. None other than Julia Child. I don't know why I didn't do this from the beginning. I mean, I've made Julia's Chocolate Mousse before and loved it! I guess one must remember that when one is searching for fabulous results, one must start with a fabulous recipe from a fabulous chef.
This recipe calls for strong coffee. Easy peasy. Then I remembered that I have a bag of Limited Edition Godiva Dark Chocolate Raspberry coffee in my cupboard. How perfect is that? If you don't have this....don't worry. Use regular coffee. This was just a perfect fluke.
I found a box of Tartelette cups in my cupboard that I decided to use at the last minute. Another perfect fluke. Of course those little cups couldn't contain the mounds of mousse that was made so I did use various dessert cups and ramekins to hold the rest.
Chambord Chocolate Mousse
The tartelettes would be great for a dinner party....the perfect little taste bud teasers that they are. If you want the full mousse experience....grab the dessert cup....
You'll be much more satisfied.