6/2/08

Coffee Mousse

Today I got a crazy craving for Coffee Mousse! I had made coffee earlier in the day and got busy and didn't drink much of it. The automatic timer turned it off after a couple hours but I switched it back on, thinking I would find time to sit and drink some. Wrong! About 3 hours later I felt guilty for making a pot of coffee I didn't drink so I poured a cup and sat down to enjoy it only to realize it was far too bitter and old for my taste. But what it did do, for some strange reason, was make me crave a thick, cold delicious coffee flavored mousse. It's all I can think about now! Ha ha. So here is one of my recipes; this was from Gourmet Magazine.


Coffee Mousse

1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup water
1 cup sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
3 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup well-chilled heavy cream

In a small saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let it soften for 2 minutes.

Add the milk and the espresso powder to the gelatin, and heat the mixture over moderate heat, whisking constantly, until the powder is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the vanilla, and set the pan in a bowl of ice and cold water, stirring the mixture every few minutes until it is thick and cold.

In a small bowl, beat the cream until it just holds stiff peaks and fold the coffee mixture into it gently but thoroughly. Spoon the mousse into 4 chilled long-stemmed glasses and chill it until ready to serve.
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