Chocolate Mousse

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It is sharp 12 here in India. It better be,at least by my watch,else Parul will kill me 🙂 We wish you a big Happy Birthday “AB”.  God bless you with loads of happiness and a long life. Foodies if its getting hard for you to understand whose birthday it is,let me make it a little easy for you by revealing this little secret 🙂  Its AB’s birthday 🙂  formally known as Ankit Batra, and he is Our Blog Editor 🙂 He is smart, modest, loving, kind hearted and is the Whole and sole support system of Miss Foodies. The credit goes to him for making the blog look so beautiful 🙂 When in our initial days we were busy cooking and preparing good recipes for you, he was the one who took care of all the technical things. He has made this blog look so beautiful 🙂 We make sure he reviews every post before we publish it,just to make sure we haven’t made a mistake 🙂 He is Mr. Eagle eyes…no mistake goes uncaught when AB is reviewing. But……. Surprise.. Surprise!!!  Sorry AB, this is the first one we are doing all by ourselves. Hope we make no mistake 🙂 Hopefully, we have learnt well from you 😉 Foodies If we are the face of Miss Foodies ,our shy,quiet AB does all the hard work for us in the background 🙂 Not just this, he is a very good friend to me and  more importantly,Parul’s better half 🙂  She is lucky..I swear it!! 🙂
So now you would know why she would have killed me had I not posted this blog on time 🙂  While Cooking in our kitchen just few days back, we thought of cooking a surprise for him. Actually,a couple of them 🙂  I am sure he must already be enjoying one of surprises Parul planned for him; with his  family and friends. He would receive another one as this post goes live 🙂 But foodies…… Where I mentioned all great things about him, I forgot to tell you guys  that AB doesn’t like surprises. So it would be quite interesting for us to catch the look on his face when he is bombarded with not one but two of them!!  🙂 LoL…..
But truly we are just so happy to publish this post dedicating it to just that one person who works quietly behind the beautiful blog and makes it all easy for us. We have troubled him a lot but I guess it was worth the effort as we have already crossed the much coveted 500 mark in a matter of just  five months 🙂 Once again we say a huge Thank you  to AB for all that he has done for us 🙂 Cheers to you!!!
We wish you A big happy birthday and a great year ahead. Love you AB 🙂
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So foodies since this post was so special ,the menu needed to be perfect too 🙂 So we bring you Eggless Chocolate Mousse 🙂 yummyyyy……. Parul and I are both fond of chocolate mousse. Its one of our favourite desserts. Our  beloved AB loves chocolate mousse too  but avoids it at a lot of places for a simple reason that it has egg in it 😦 So foodies we were all set to prepare a sinful chocolate mousse without egg specially for him 🙂 Something that he can absolutely indulge into without any second thoughts :)Forget egg ,we have made it pure and simple without even adding any gelatin to it……yet managed to make it so delicious 🙂
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The Chocolate mousse is a perfect choice perfect set. It looks delicious and everyone gets their own serving , AB would love it for this reason, he hates to handle messy stuff. He prefers to have his own portion and you can make it a day in advance lets say in no time 🙂
Now that was very important for us. Foodies cooking surprises isn’t easy at all. We had to plan It quite smartly without AB getting any hint. And so it was way too difficult. So we decided to take this recipe to task – could it possibly be done in few minutes without the use of a microwave? Without gelatin? Because anything requiring gelatin needs to be kept aside for minimum two hours, at times overnight indeed for it to set properly. Also something that could be done with minimum ingredients. And foodies that is why we could not deck it up with any raspberries or strawberries. As it is, its not the right season for berries here in India and even if it could be arranged from our special stores, idea of doing with what we have sounded better 🙂 So we had to find out a way of making a real sinful and delicious mousse keeping all these conditions in mind. We were bit scared but….. when we were done away with it in say ten minutes(preparing time) and thirty minutes of refrigerating time… makes that forty, we went Voila 🙂 We were extremely happy with the end result. The perfect set mousse with just the right texture was to die for. Here’s a look at our end result 🙂
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A mousse as we all know is a prepared food that incorporates air bubbles to give it a light and airy texture. It can range from light and fluffy to creamy and thick, depending on preparation techniques. A mousse may be sweet or savoury. Dessert mousses are typically made with whipped egg whites or whipped cream, and generally flavoured with chocolate or puréed fruit.

So foodies when you haven’t got time for overnight setting in the fridge or you don’t want to use raw eggs and gelatine this mousse is perfect. In fact, at all times, constraints or not, it is chocaliciously delicious 🙂

Chocoholics Beware. One spoonful of this Chocolate Mousse and you will be hooked forever. It is what you could call a grown up chocolate pudding. A simple yet elegant dessert. While it uses only a few ingredients, its chocolate flavor is rich and its texture is silky smooth, airy, almost foamy. And foamy is an apt description as “mousse” is French for ‘froth’ or ‘foam’

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Now, there are chocolate mousse recipes that simply involve folding whipped cream into melted chocolate. Good, yes, but to make a sublime chocolate mousse with that lovely “mouth-feel”, you also need heavy whipped  cream. Since there are so few ingredients in a chocolate mousse, the chocolate you pick is very important. Use a good quality semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate that you enjoy eating out of hand. Our  personal preference is a semi sweet chocolate containing around 70% cocoa. When choosing a chocolate, always look for one that has a lovely shiny finish (a sign that the chocolate was cooked at the right temperature for the right amount of time) and one that has that wonderful ‘snap’ when you break it into pieces.

To make a classic chocolate mousse, start by melting chocolate with a little coffee if you like. Next whip heavy cream with a little vanilla extract and sugar until soft peaks form. Foodies just whip the heavy (whipping) cream nicely and gently but quickly fold the whipped cream into the melted chocolate that has been cooled to room temperature to have light and airy (foamy) quality to it.

This chocolate mousse can be used to fill cakes or tarts. But our favourite way to enjoy this dessert is to scoop it into wineglasses, parfait glasses, teacups, custard cups, pretty bowls or glasses 🙂 You can garnish with whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and/or fresh raspberries, strawberries. Always serve it after refrigerating for at least half an hour, the chilled and soft mousse is refreshing and melts in your mouth.

Also, have we mentioned how DEADLY DELICIOUS this is? We could eat about two spoonful’s before we were down for the count 😉 Foodies so let us warn you that this chocolate mousse is Highly Addictive, therefore Have it at your own risk 😉

But we know you may not believe in it till you try yourself and then it is going to be a new staple in your household like ours 🙂 Keep the ingredients on hand! The ultimate in portion control, a little pot of heaven 🙂

Foodies this mousse from our kitchen is as delicious as restaurant quality chocolate mousse. In fact better than that 😉 We bet 🙂 sounds too good to be true? Have a look yourself

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This rich and decadent chocolate mousse is easy to make. This recipe is great for get together, potluck or serve it to please your guests. You can make it in advance and so need not worry about dessert part.

So foodies next when you are craving for something chocolaty try this, this will be just perfect 🙂

Now I got to go to join Parul for wishing our sweet AB a big happy birthday 🙂 Party is on!!! 😉 And all of you are more than welcome. The treats on Parul 😉

Cheers!!!

Sakshi n Parul

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Mango Cheese Cake

Happy Fathers DayMango Cheesecake

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We are so excited and thrilled to share this cheesecake recipe on divine taste.

As summer holidays are at its peak I was off to my parents place for a stay for a couple of days. Foodie’s summer holidays are quite much awaited ones since childhood, nothing less than a celebration. But trust me celebrating the same emotion with your parents after getting married has its own beauty 🙂 I had an amazing time 🙂 felt almost like a kid with the shower of endless love and that extra care which was to die for. It could not have been better when after a lovely dinner my mom cooked especially for me, Dad offered me my favourite mangoes with ice cream for sweet dish. I was too full and tried avoiding mangoes. But for how long… 😉 I was about to stand up from the dinner table when my sweet dad offered it again saying “ sweetheart try one and I assure you it would be the sweetest mango of all the mangoes you would have relished this entire season.” He was so right 🙂 sharing that mango with my dad was like….hhmmm…I don’t think I can put that feeling into words 🙂 It was then when I realized that why let this mango season fly away without another experiment with this addictive and delicious fruit 🙂 I guess as Dad said “entire season”, it rang a bell. I shared the same thought with Sakshi and guess what she said “ Yes foodie friend you are the best. I had cheese cake in my mind ever since the mango season began and  before they completely vanished. I don’t know how I dint share this with you. ”  We were sorted 🙂

Honestly friends we were quite hesitant though as it always seemed like a project to make a cheese cake. We have only seen these on the glass displays of popular bakeries. We never in our wildest dreams thought that we would be making the cheesecake at home one day. But Foodies you had to be there to see us in order to fathom how excited we were when we jumped and shouted with glee just as we gently unlocked our spring form pan and this beautiful cheesecake, a cheesecake which had formed was revealed. The cheesecake was a wonderful experiment, though a bit time consuming, the end result was worth it. With the mango season in full flourish, this makes a perfect dessert.

Cheesecakes are of of two types – one is baked and the other is no baking. No bake cheesecakes are more like curd desserts. They are usually made by blending cream cheese with sweetened whipped cream and placed over a crust of digestive biscuits or any crackers of your choice. They’re tasty and sweet, but almost pudding like and gooey.
Baked cheesecakes are also made with cream cheese blended with sweetened whipped cream. Recipes vary from thirty minutes or more for baking a sponge cake which forms the third layer of a Baked Cheesecake unlike No baking one. In no Baking the third layer is a crust formed of digestive or any crackers of your choice as mentioned before. The results are a more cakelike, heavier texture and much more delicate flavor.

We have got you both the forms of Cheesecakes on our menu today. Once you get the idea about this recipe, you will make it very quickly and easily as per your taste and your choice of No Bake Cheesecake or a Baked one.

In No Bake and Bake cheesecake recipes, the common ingredients are mango pulp or puree, double cream, sugar, vegetarian gelatine powder and cream cheese. The ingredients mainly differ in the third layer. Where it is a crust made of Digestive biscuits in case of No Bake Cheesecake, It is a sponge cake in case of Baked Cheesecake.

In the cheese cake, cheese, sugar, double cream and mango puree are mixed together; make sure the cream is whipped well to a thick stage, so that you can have a cream cheese mixture thick, which can set easily. Fresh ripe mangoes are used to make this light and refreshing cheesecake. It makes for an amazing presentation and tastes just as exotic as it looks. The egg-less recipe is delightfully delicious and can be enjoyed by just about everyone. Ripe mangoes steal the show in this easy peasy cheesecake recipe. Make it a day before so that it can chill overnight. Use tinned mango if out of season. Try this recipe for the smoothest, most scrumptious exotic-flavored cheesecake. You’ll find this simple recipe for cheesecake easy, fun to make, and sooo delicious, you’ll impress your Dad 🙂 guests:) and even yourself 🙂 as soon as you take that first lovely bite.

Foodies for us and we are sure for most of you out there no fruit taste better then a fresh Mango. So let’s make a dessert out of it and put it in a cheese cake:)

INGREDIENTS FOR NO BAKE MANGO CHEESECAKE

Mango cheese cake making involves 3 stages:
  • Base – biscuit crumbs
  • Middle – mango cheese mixture
  • Top or third layer- mango glaze
Ingredients:
Base:
  • Digestive biscuits- 13
  • Butter- 80-100gms
  • Sugar-1 tsp
Cream cheese mixture
  • Whipped cream- 300ml
  • Cream cheese- 250 gms
  • Sugar- 1/3rd cup
  • Mango puree- 3/4th cup
  • Gelatin- 2 tsp
  • Warm water- 4 tbsp
For glaze
  • Mango puree- 3/4th cup
  • Gelatin- 2 tsp
  • Warm water- 4 tbsp
  • Mango slices for garnishing

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METHOD

Biscuit base

  • Crush the biscuits in a mixer and add melted butter and whiz again until the mixture comes together. Once done, spoon it in the cake tin. Press into the spring form pan or use individual glasses. Refrigerate while preparing the rest of the cheesecake.
Cream cheese mixture
  • Add gelatin powder in hot water and stir till it dissolves. Keep it aside.
  • Take a wider and deep bowl, to whisk cream with the hand whisker or electric whisker, whisk until thick or medium thick, add 1 tbsp sugar in the cream and whisk. Remove the whipped cream and keep it in another bowl.
  • Add cream cheese in the same bowl, no need to clean, add 1 tbsp sugar and mix with any whisker till it mixes well, then add the whipped cream, mix well, till it blends well.
  • Mix the warm gelatin in the mango puree and mix it into cream cheese mixture gently until mixed well.
  • Taste and see whether remaining sugar is needed or not.
  • Now pour the cream cheese mixture on the crushed biscuit base and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set in both the cake tin and individual glasses.
Top glaze
  • Dissolve gelatin in warm water and add to the mango puree. Mix well. Pour this mixture as a top layer, which should be a thin layer not like the middle one, on the cream cheese layer, once it is set. Refrigerate overnight, till you serve. Garnish with mango slices.
  • Keep it at room temperature for 15 mins before serving as the base will be very hard.
Notes:
  • Gelatin should be warm while mixing in the mango puree.
  • Add gelatin as per the instructions.
  • Instead of gelatin you can use agar or china grass, both have to be dissolved in hot water first. Vegetarian gelatin is also available in the market.
  • This is a cheesecake which is just about sweet. If you like your desserts sweeter then increase the sugar by about 2 Tbsp. You might also have to do this if your mangoes are less sweet.

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BAKED MANGO CHEESE CAKE

INGREDIENTS:

Vanilla sponge cake*

FOR CHEESE CAKE:

Cream cheese

2 mangoes (peeled and cut into pieces)

4 tbsp thick curd

½ cup whipped cream

¾ th cup castor sugar

FOR SOAKING:

1 cup water

1 tbsp sugar

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METHOD

SPONGE CAKE:

Slice the sponge cake into 2 halves horizontally. Use only one layer of the sponge.

Use the other layer  for variation.

FOR CHEESE CAKE MIX:

Liquidize the cream cheese, mango pieces, curd and sugar to a smooth puree in a blender.

Whip the cream till soft peaks are formed and mix gently with the mango mixture.

HOW TO PROCEED:

Place one layer of the sponge cake on the bottom of a loose bottomed 150mm diameter tin can.

Sprinkle the soaking syrup over the sponge.

Pour cream cheese mixture over the sponge and refrigerate till set. Unmold from the tin.

Serve chilled garnished with mango slices.

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NOTES:

You cake buy the vanilla sponge cake from the market or make at home.

Cream cheese is also available in big departmental stores. If you wish to make it at home then the recipe is as follows:

Ingredients:

5 cups full fat milk

2 tbsps lemon juice

Method:

Keep 2 tbsp milk aside and curdle the remaining milk using lemon.

Strain the curdled milk with the help of a muslin cloth or a sieve and squeeze out all the excess water.

Combine the prepared cheese with 2 tbsp of milk and blend in a mixer to a smooth paste.

Strain the prepared mixture with the help of a sieve.

EGGLESS SPONGE CAKE

Ingredients

1 ¼ cup plain flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp soda bi carb

¾ cup condensed milk

4 tbsp melted butter

1 tsp vanilla essence

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Method :

Sieve the flour, baking powder and soda bi carb together.

Combine the condensed milk, melted butter, vanilla essence and 5 tbsp water in a deep bowl and beat well using a whisk.

Add the sieved flour mixture and mix gently with the help of spatula. The batter should be dropping consistency.

Pour the batter into a greased and dusted 175 mm diameter cake tin.

Bake in a pre heated over at 180 degrees for 20-25 mins.

Are we glad that we made this? You bet! This is going to be a constant fixture during every mango season in our kitchen, a part of every celebration and maybe next year we are going to welcome the mango season with this cheesecake just as we are bidding adieu to this season with this incredibly wonderful vegetarian dessert.

Happy Fathers Day!!!

Cheers!!!

Parul n Sakshi