White Chocolate & Basil Mousse
Easter is coming up and we all know that it’s the perfect time to eat a LOT of chocolate! This recipe is also part of the monthly challenge on Foodies +, a Google + community I’m part of, where we had to create an unusual chocolate pairing recipe. The first pairing I tried wasn’t really a success and even though it looked good, the taste really wasn’t for me. My first trial was a combination of dark chocolate, pink peppercorns and goji berries, a healthy mix that seemed interesting to me. I found that the pink peppercorn didn’t go very well with the chocolate. I’ve seen that it’s a combination that has been tried before, so I’m wondering if the reason why it didn’t taste good was because I should have reduced the peppercorns into a powder and mixed it into the chocolate. Hard to tell! Anyway, since this unusual chocolate pairing didn’t work out for me, I decided to try something a bit less adventurous and I must say that I’m not disappointed by the result!
I don’t know if chocolate and basil is an unusual pairing for most people but for me it was! I never tried chocolate and herbs together and thought it would be interesting to try. Since the basil leaves are infused in the cream, I found the flavor very subtle and it didn’t overpower the sweet flavor of the white chocolate. The other advantage of this recipe is that you don’t need many ingredients and it’s quite easy to make. You just have to be a little patient but the dessert is worth it! I love the sweetness of the white chocolate with that light hint of basil.
Let’s start cooking!
- 200 ml/ 6 oz heavy cream
- 170 g/ about 16 large white chocolate wafers
- 10 basil leaves
1- Pour 100 ml (3 oz) of heavy cream in a sauce pan with the basil leaves. Cook it on low-medium heat for 10 min to let the basil leaves infuse in the cream. After the 10 min, blend everything and strain to remove any chunks of basil leaves. Mix the infused cream with the rest of the cream and let in the freezer for 50 min.
2- 10 min before removing the cream from the freezer, melt the white chocolate in a bain-marie and pour in a large bowl.
3- Remove the cream from the freezer and pour it in a bowl. Whip until firm. Incorporate the whipped cream in the chocolate little by little. Fold the whipped cream in the chocolate very gently. Pour the mixture in little cups and let rest in the fridge for 1h. Remove from the fridge and enjoy!
This simple recipe is just perfect to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings! This also makes a quick and easy dessert recipe for a dinner with friends or family that will make everyone happy!
I hope you will enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comment section what you think about this recipe and if you liked it.