Alex's Recipes

"Try These"

 

Mocha Mousse

 

(4) Chocolate Lovers' Recipes
plus a Chocolate Trivia Excursion

see also:

Mile-High Chocolate Cake
Super Chocolate Truffles
White and Dark Chocolate Dogwood Bark

 

Ingredients:

14 each semi-sweet chocolate squares (1 oz each), chopped coarse
4 each unsweetened chocolate (1 oz each), chopped coarse
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon powdered egg white
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cups whipping cream, whipped

 

Cost: $ - Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty Level: 2
Servings: 7 cups

DIRECTIONS

1. Place first 5 ingredients in top of a double boiler; bring water to a boil.
2. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, until chocolate melts.
3. Remove chocolate mixture from heat, and set aside.
4. Beat powdered egg white and water in a large bowl at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
5. Gradually add sugar, and beat until stiff peaks form.
6. Fold one-fourth of egg white mixture into chocolate mixture; fold in whipped cream and remaining egg white mixture.
7. Chill.


Trivia Excursion:

QUIZ: Test yourself or your family, friends and co-workers.

(ANSWERS are at the bottom)

1. Which chocolate is commonly called the "all-purpose" chocolate?
2. Is white chocolate considered true chocolate?
3. What type of chocolate is referred to as "summer coating"?
4. What type of chocolate do professional candy makers use for dipping and making chocolate decorations?
5. What is a common stabilizer in chocolate?
6. What is the name of the tree that chocolate beans come from?
7. Where are these trees mostly found?
8. A gray firm on chocolate is called what?
9. What does "tempering" chocolate mean?
10. Which is the most delicate chocolate when trying to melt it?

CHOCOLATE MAY REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE

Chocolate contains high levels of phenol, a chemical that helps reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a researcher at the University of California-Davis. But researcher Andrew Waterhouse cautioned that his findings are preliminary and that people should not eat more candy bars thinking it will cut down on heart problems.

"A lot of people may misinterpret the results from the study and go out and buy some chocolate," Chandra Carty, a registered dietitian, told CNN. "But if they do, they may increase their risk of other problems later on. For instance, the chocolate is very, very high in calories. It's also high in fat and saturated fat."

Waterhouse wrote about his findings in the British medical journal Lancet. Through various laboratory experiments, he measured the amount of phenol in cocoa powder, baker's chocolate and milk chocolate. He found that a 1.5-ounce piece of milk chocolate contained the same amount of phenol as a 5-ounce glass of red wine, also known for its heart benefits. Phenol is also found in coffee and some fruits and teas. Phenol helps lower the risk of heart disease by preventing fat-like substances in the bloodstream from oxidizing and clogging the arteries. Waterhouse's findings also showed that chocolate can contribute a significant portion of dietary antioxidants, inhibiting oxidation.

Source: CNN

TRIVIA ANSWERS

1. semi-sweet chocolate
2. no- because it does not contain chocolate liquor
3. compound chocolate or confectioners' coating chocolate
4. commercial coating chocolate
5. lecithin
6. cacao trees
7. tropical areas near the equator
8. bloom
9. to heat and cool chocolate to give a shiny finish
10. white chocolate.

 

Category:
Desserts

 

 

 

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