Last week I’ve seen this wonderful recipe and photos of Tartelette‘s Vanilla, Salted Caramel and Chocolate Mousse and I knew immediately that I have to make it on my own. So last weekend I took the chance and followed her recipe.
It took me to the verge of despair at some points. The caramel wasn’t not so easy for me, as there were some mysterious hard chunks formed, as I added the heavy cream and the butter. So I picked them out, as they didn’t resolved after some stirring. But in the end the caramel mousse was the best of all! More problems came ahead, when making the chocolate mousse. Adding the heavy cream in the end made it an really hard chocolate “mousse”. Cannot really speak about a mousse so. Quite hard to bring it in my glasses then, also because the density was much higher than the density of the other two mousses. I tried three versions of layering: chocolate mousse in the middle, chocolate mousse above, chocolate mousse at the bottom. The first two versions didn’t work, because the chocolate mousse just settled down through the other layers. The third version worked, but unfortunately you couldn’t see much the difference between the vanilla and the caramel layer.
Problem no. 3 was the powdered gelatine. Since I never use that, I only had leaf gelatine. The conversion of powdered into leaf gelatine on the package said that it’s enough to use a half leaf. But the mousse didn’t get firm. So I added the other half. I think one leaf is just right, but I should have waited longer before layering, because after some chilling the texture was just right (excluding the chocolate mousse of course). So I don’t know what (some of) the problems really were. Maybe it had something to do with the temperatures, when I added the ingredients. So next time I will more care about the ingredients having the same temperatures when mixing. And maybe less chocolate would also work for me. In the end it was worth all the drama! It just tasted and still tastes (because I still have some in the fridge) delicious! I especially like the salted caramel mousse. I will definitely give it another try some day. Another option is just cooking the caramel mousse…
Vanilla, Salted Caramel and Chocolate Mousse (or just shortened by me Triple Mousse)
yields: 4 portions
For the caramel:
- 100g sugar
- 30ml water
- 1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel or fine sea salt
- 60ml heavy cream/ cremé double
- 10g butter
For the chocolate:
- 120g dark semisweet chocolate
For the vanilla mousse base:
- 4 egg yolks
- 50 g sugar
- 250 ml whole milk
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 1 Tb (7g) powdered gelatin, sprinkled over 3 Tb water / 1 leaf gelatine
- 250ml heavy cream / cremé double
Prepare the caramel: Place the sugar and water in a medium heavy bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Continue to cook until caramel in color. Remove from the heat and add the salt, heavy cream and butter. Stir with a wooden spoon until completely smooth. Let cool to room temperature.
Prepare the chocolate: In a medium bowl set over a pan of simmering water, melt the chocolate until smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
Prepare the mousse base: In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until very pale. In the meantime, in a large saucepan set over medium heat, bring the milk and the vanilla bean (split open and scraped over the milk) to a boil. Slowly pour the milk over the yolks, whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan over medium low heat and cook until the cream coats the back of a spoon (as if making creme anglaise). Add the softened gelatin and stir until melted completely into the cream. Let cool to room temperature.
Whip the heavy cream to soft peaks and fold it into the cooled cream base. Divide the base into three equal portions (one will stay untouched).
Assemble: Add a couple of tablespoons of the base to the caramel to lighten it a bit and stir with a spoon. Gently fold the rest of the alloted mousse base into the caramel with a spatula. Do the same for the chocolate portion.
Layer all three parts evenly into dishes or ramekins and refrigerate for an hour.
Some tips from me for non-pro-cooks like me: Let the mousses get some texture by cooling it before layering them. Can avoid sinking one mousse into the other. Let the melted chocolate not get too cold (and hard), before mixing it with the mousse base. Maybe the chocolate mousse will not get so firm then (but I did not tested it yet!).