2012/11/08

What's the Secret??? (French Fridays with Dorie: Top Secret Chocolate Mousse)

Hello?

This week, I was charged with making a Top Secret Chocolate Mousse.

I failed.

Miserably.

So can someone please tell me what the secret is?

Yes, it was an epic fail week for me.

My TWD Buttermilk Muffins were a flop.

And my mousse. Was. Not. Magical.


The Karate Kid and I both tried to save it.

But it was not meant to be.

I wanted to chuck the bowl across the room.

But I quickly realized that I was the one who would have to clean the chocolate mess off of white tile floors.

I quickly changed my mind about that.  

The Karate Kid told me not to stress out - "Everyone has bad days, mom."

Yes, some days the child-parent relationship juxtaposes.


So, there is no mousse to share this week.

Besides, I need to go pack and make cookies. 

We're headed off to go watch Runner Girl in NCAA regionals - 200 miles away... It would be criminal to not show up with a treat for her to take back to school. (Buttered popcorn cookies via The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook).

Peace out.

This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. Next up - goat cheese mini puffs. I am kind of psyched about those...

Post Script:

As people share their "secrets", I thought I would add them in - sort of a "mousse tutorial".

1) Make sure your eggs are room temperature
2) Make sure you don't let your chocolate cool too much
3) Don't make mousse while mercury is in retrograde

29 comments:

  1. Did you let the chocolate cool too much before you beat the egg yolks in? I read a few people who did that and for whatever reason (it sounds wrong, like you need to cool them) that was the issue. Still, you tried and that's the important thing. Um, also, I'd like a dozen of the buttered popcorn cookies!

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  2. I don't know what made me think of this, but I looked it up and sure enough, Mercury is in retrograde. I'm not really into astrology, but you never know. http://www.almanac.com/content/mercury-retrograde

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    1. Margaret - you get a gold star for comment of the week :-)

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  3. All I can say is that I NEVER make a mousse while mercury is in retrograde. Never.

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  4. Even karate kid could not rescue it?:) I made mousse yesterday, very different recipe, and it didn't turn out as expected. But I did end up with delicious chocolate sauce:)

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  5. Hi Cher!
    I almost chucked my chocolate mousse as well- but a cup of very heavily whipped cream came to the rescue!
    Sorry about the muffins too, maybe I shouldn't have brought that up.....Have a great weekend -onward and upward to greater more successful baking adventures!!!

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  6. I love your third tip Cher, I´m still laughing so hard!! At least it´s just a mousse and you thought it through before having to clean it off the floor... I´ll be waiting for the cookies. Is the book good?

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    1. I've made three or four recipes out of it and each one has been a winner so far.

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  7. my first batch of dark chocolate was too thick and chalky and the milk chocolate batch was too thin, and while it got a tad thicker after setting in the fridge, it was easily my two year olds favorite part of the mousse making process... it took a few tries for me to get straight :)

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  8. Sorry that it didn't work. I hate when that happens. I'm excited about the goat cheese puffs too. And, I'm glad to know there's another non-chocoholic out there. I'm in good company :)

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  9. Ha ha, what is the secret indeed. I am not much of a mousse fan so I won't be trying this again in any event. I know what you mean by wanting to throw it - but being thwarted because you know you'll then have to clean up the aftermath - le sigh ...

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  10. Mousse ... Yikes. With chocolate, I have this weird self-fulfilling prophecy thing: if I stop to think what I'm doing, or what should be happening, it fails. Blindly plunging forward, good. Working carefully and thoughtfully, bad. Me and chocolate tend not to collaborate too often, unless in chip form. :)

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  11. Sorry this one didn't work for you, but sometimes recipes just will not cooperate.
    My mousse tasted okay, just not light and fluffy as I normally think of mousse.
    Have a great weekend.

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  12. I think my mousse worked because even though Mercury was in retrograde my moon was in the 7th house and Jupiter aligned with Mars:)

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  13. I just kind of thought the secret was that it was coming from the back of a chocolate bar that's readily available. Maybe I missed something?

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  14. Oh, phooey! I'm sorry for the double flop this week, Cher!!!!

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  15. I am sorry this was a flop my friend, but I know it was just a bad day considering you churn out such incredible dishes 99% of the time :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  16. I'm so sorry that this one didn't work out for you. We all have days and weeks like that in the kitchen. :( What I love about your post is how your daughter stepped in and tried to help out. What's more important than that?! The cookies that you are going to make sound interesting. Have a great time at your daughter's race. Best of luck to her!

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  17. Your third "secret" is sooo true. Mine was not a success 100% but still considering my situation at the moment and Mercury being in retrograde!! Good luck - astrological or not) for the running kids and baking cookies!!

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  18. So the mousse didn't work- oh well. Those cookies sound amazing though! There are so many good cookbooks out right now! Have you seen the new Picky Palate one? I think I need a trip to amazon.com today....:)

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  19. Cher, I have never heard of Buttered Popcorn Cookies in my life - sounds intriguing...Good look to your Runner Girl and have a safe trip!

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    1. ...that would be "good luck" - "Viel Glück"...of course, sorry for the stupid typo!

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  20. Hi Cher, I'm not sure about rule #2. I think that what you want to avoid is a big temperature difference between your eggs and your chocolate. And that's generally the problem which is caused by rule #3. Room temperature in the middle of winter might not be the ideal room temperature for your eggs. In fact, I usually let me chocolate cool for a few minutes after it has melted. I do hope that you try chocolate mousse again, even if it's not this recipe. It is one of my favorite recipes to make for a dinner party because it is easy (well, once you get the hang of the melted chocolate issue) and it is made 100% in advance so there is no last minute rushing around in the kitchen.

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  21. So sorry about your mousse - I didn't even get to it. But, so excited for your daughter!

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  22. Don't you hate it when you realize that you'll be the one cleaning up after a temper tantrum??? Terrible! Those cookies sound super-fabulous though, I'll have to check them out.

    Hope you have a fantastic weekend and that Runner Girl does well and has fun!

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  23. So sorry about your mousse! Chocolate is very finicky! Good luck to Runner Girl! Have a wonderful weekend Cher!

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  24. Sorry it didn't work out. It's sad when you have a recipe fail, especially when it is a dessert! Have fun watching Runner Girl race!

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  25. Mine was an epic fail too! I am baffled as to how you're meant to get light fluffy mousse after what I saw happen to mine!
    I turned to other recipes for help! You're definitely not alone on this one!

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  26. Let's regard this as a bonding experience with youngest daughter - it's good to see Mom fail and fail and (well, not so good the third time) and then rise up like, was it Phoenix, Icarus or Leda and do well and achieve. Kinda a character building thing. So, it's too bad about the mousse. Sorry about the muffins. Hope the buttered popcorn cookies were a hit. Now, so you won't feel so much like a Loser: For the past two years, I will admit this only to you, I thought the Smitten Kitchen was the Smitten Kitten. No kidding. I've always written it as such and linked to it as such. It wasn't until I received the cookbook last week (I ordered a Smitten Kitten Cookbook from Amazon and got the Smitten Kitchen cookbook) that I discovered I was saying it incorrectly. I just can't imagine where I came from, another planet, perhaps. My first recipe was the Gingerbread Spice Dutch Baby. It made me Meow.

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