Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

Now, obviously this picture is not mine. I can't believe that I didn't take a picture of this magnificent creation. It was probably the fanciest and most involved dessert recipe I have ever made and I completely forgot my camera. I borrowed this picture from the Taste of Home website. The original recipe called for coffee granules and rum flavoring, but I decided to leave those out. I have to tell you, that this cheesecake was so rich, so indulgent, so heavenly. It was perfect for a show stopping dessert. I brought it to a family Christmas dinner.
The cheesecake part was absolutely delicious! Best cheesecake by far that I have ever made. The mousse part was really good, but I personally could have done without it.
For some reason, I can never get my whipping cream stiff enough to design with. Does anyone else have this problem? I do exactly as the instructions say, but it just doesn't get to that frosting texture. So my whipping cream didn't look as nice as the pictures. I also had a problem with the chocolate curls... but I'm determined to figure that out.
Overall, it was an impressive dessert. If you decide to tackle this baby, it takes about 2 hours of preparation, 30 minutes of cooking, and then extra chilling time. Basically plan to spend all day or night in the kitchen. ;)

Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

3 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons baking cocoa

1/3 cup butter, melted


CHEESECAKE LAYER:

12 ounces cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

3 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract


MOUSSE AND TOPPING LAYERS:

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

1/4 cup cold water

4 egg yolks

3/4 cup 2% milk

1/3 cup sugar

4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

1-1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract, divided

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

GARNISH:

5 ounces dark chocolate candy coating, chopped

5 ounces white candy coating, chopped

Directions

In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, sugar, cocoa and butter;

press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at

350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.


For cheesecake: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until

smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Add the

sour cream, vanilla; beat just until combined.

Pour over crust. Place pan on a baking sheet.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire

rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to

loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate until completely cooled.


For mousse and topping: In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over water;

let stand for 1 minute or until softened.

In a small saucepan, combine the egg yolks, milk, sugar.

Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture reaches 160° or is thick

enough to coat the back of a metal spoon.

Remove from the heat; whisk in gelatin until dissolved. Stir in the

chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until chocolate is melted.

Pour into a small bowl.

Set the bowl in a larger bowl of ice water; stir occasionally until thickened.


Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken.

Add confectioners' sugar and remaining vanilla; beat until stiff

peaks form. Fold half of cream into mousse mixture; spread over

cheesecake. Top with remaining cream. Cover and refrigerate overnight.


For chocolate curl garnish: In a microwave, melt dark chocolate candy

coating; stir until smooth. Spread a thin layer over baking sheet

and drag a fork through chocolate. Let stand at room temperature until set.


Repeat with white candy coating; carefully spread over dark candy

coating. Let stand at room temperature just until set. Holding a

dough scraper or sturdy metal spatula at a 45° angle, scrape

over the top of the chocolate to form striped curls. Decorate cake with curls.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Men are the ones who create evil on Earth. It is the choices they make which enslave their souls to hell.
And that's why you are continually reincarnated. Welcome to the Matrix.

7 billion in 2011. Only 1 billion in 1800 and 2 billion in 1900.
Population explosion is a clue::::The gods are sending everyone back for The End.
There must be some purgatory-like place. Or individual. Like an animal.
Now the gods have sent everyone back to try for one final time to fix their problems and ascend into heaven. Avoiding an animal would have been a big positive because those thrust into this decayed enviornment have less of a chance than those who enjoyed the god's generosity of a slowly decaying enviornment with frightening clues, like the Depression, World at War, the Holocaust, etc.
Anything that can get the poeple frightened and praying is a good. thing. Contentment never motivated anyone.

As we approach the Apocalypse the gods are removing "wrath of god" material from xtian dogma.
As we see wickedness spread throughout the country, like preditory behavior, godlessness, social changes, etc, using cable TV and the spread of "Californication" as justification, they changed xtianity, appropriatly with Catholicism first.
xtianity has changed radically in the 20th century, and everyone should be mindful of the way it was, because the people are in a process of slipping out of god's favor into a state of Damnation, from which the vast majority will never survive.
They used to scare people and make them too afraid to make mistakes. Now people aren't afraid of anything and don't think twice about doing something wicked and evil which will hurt their chances.

Good god says a ceiling on time for everyone (see below). Evil god still gives hope for immortality to people who subscribed to preditory behavior:::Immortality if you are right versus a couple centuries partying at best even if you change now.
Due to institutional evil the closer we get to The End the more evil everyone incurrs (with individual variation due to behavior) which limits the time for everyone.
Probably the children who fix their problems and ascend into heaven as well. Experiencing the evil of modern life in the 20th century costed them, for which limits are placed. They are not the same as their innocent peasantry ancestors from the Old World.
You people have fucked up bad by not getting out before the 20th century.
Just because the gods have to break some eggs doesn't mean they are evil. As management there are hard decisions that must be made. But they used this omelette and sold it to people as temptation, who went out and did things they shouldn't have done thinking being preditory was the way to "earn" their way into heaven.

Employment charity:::Was W able to do his job as President?
I suspect there are many frat-boy types who couldn't or wouldn't study nor do the work necessary so they gained this "benefit" telepathically. This could have been extended to their professional life as well::In most of these cases they don't have what it takes to do their jobs. It is temptation which buys their confidence for life, ensuring no progress is made.
I think employment charity is FAR more common than people may believe.
Another example how they tempted people in this manner is the procurement of sexual relations.
Keep raping these poor girls. You're going to end up as one in your next life.

Another feature which the Gods offer as a clue is very foreboading and ominous. Mt. Zion is a mountain to the north of Diablo (the eye of The Beast) and one which has a working quarry at its base. Consistant with the decay we experience in society, Mt. Zion is being eaten away, slowly stripped of its resources, until one day paradise will be gone forever.

If people only understood the importance of good parents. You won't be going anywhere without them. And it won't happen unless you are one first.