All for the Chocolate Cause

All for the Chocolate Cause

I just wanted to reassure everyone that I am doing my best for the Chocolate Cause.

I did not eat as many bars of chocolate as I would have liked, because I unfortunately RAN OUT yesterday which has slowed me down. This does not happen to me often, let me assure you (I Plan Ahead. When I see I have only 3 or 4 bars left, I Stock Up.)

BUT Sébastien made a delicious mousse au chocolat for Valentine’s Day. Meaning the old-fashioned raw egg mousse au chocolat, which is a real test for me. Imagine putting someone like me in front of so many raw eggs AND so much delicious chocolate at once and saying, you choose: salmonella risk and chocolate, or else you can have grapefruit for dessert instead.

So what I did was: I believed Very Intensely in the quality of my organic local eggs and went for the chocolate. (Plus, I always eat my raw cookie dough. I have INTENSE FAITH in organic local eggs, that’s all I can tell you. And while I might get salmonella, this is one of those things it is harder to believe in without experience than the Known Suffering engendered by Chocolate Deprivation.)

THEN, I have to tell you about this recipe I tried. This was so good.

I love Jamie Oliver and I wish that show wasn’t at 9 am on Saturday mornings, because, I mean–that is not good TV watching time. But occasionally I fold clothes or something to give me an excuse to catch him, and so I caught this recipe the other weekend:

Tray-Baked Meringue with Pears, Cream, Toasted Hazelnuts and Chocolate Sauce.

That sounds complicated but really, it is Dead Easy as Jamie would say in a British accent.

(Don’t the British say “dead easy”? Feel free to correct my misplaced dialect otherwise.)

What intrigued me is that the flavors are really a take-off of a Poire Belle-Hélène, which is a heavenly combination of flavors, and I liked the meringue idea.

Here are the things I did differently: No hazelnuts, I do not like them and mostly don’t like nuts in my chocolate, although I might have tried almonds if I had any on hand. No ginger, hate ginger in chocolate. No orange zest but by accident, it turned out I was out of them. TWICE as much chocolate sauce (really this is important). And a half teaspoon almond flavoring in the cream, which was key, so I am putting it in bold. I’m going to go ahead and bold the twice chocolate sauce while I’m at it. You will find that you have to double the chocolate anyway, because the reserved syrup from one can combined with only 7 ounces of chocolate makes a nice cup of thin hot chocolate but NOT a chocolate sauce. So–reserved syrup plus 12 or so ounces of chocolate is what I did. (A bag of chocolate chips minus the ones I had been nibbling on while working.)

Take my advice and don’t try whipping up the cream by hand with a whisk like Jamie. I know of people that can do that, but it sure doesn’t work for me.

Anyway–very easy and DELICIOUS. If you are hesitating to join the Chocolate War, or if you are falling behind on your quota this week and guiltily aware that you are not eating enough chocolate, go try it!

I, meanwhile, will be making it again. Or possibly trying something from that Christophe Felder book I got for Christmas. Maybe I will remember to take pictures this time. 🙂

In the meantime, for pictures, you can check out some more chocolate war posters from La Fuji Mama. She is cracking me up! Plus she’s got another good recipe for the cause posted. 🙂

  • I love Jamie Oliver too–it helps that his accent is adorable. Old episodes of his show air here on one of the basic cable channels, so naturally I tape them all. Mmmmmm, chocolate…. Happy fighting!

    February 19, 2008 at 9:26 am
  • Akkk, your killing me. I HAVE to make that recipe. I ADORE Jamie Oliver and am so made that is comes on at 6.30 in the morning. I even wrote the food network asking them to put it on later. Lets hope xoxox Clarice-who is off to beat egg whites

    February 19, 2008 at 4:59 pm
  • lol Laura 🙂

    I, unfortunately, would have chosen the grapefruit for desert as I cannot even get close to cooked eggs much less consume the things raw 🙁

    February 19, 2008 at 8:11 pm
  • Enjoy it! I’ve made it TWICE now. The second time was 1) NOT pure gluttony, really, I promise but 2) to use up the cream left over from the first time I made it and 3) to try to take a picture for all of YOU. It was pure altruism, really, that I made it again. Not for my own sake at all!!! Really. But I overcooked the meringue this time, so it cracked too much taking it out of the pan, so the result was still delicious but not at all picture-worthy.

    February 19, 2008 at 8:16 pm
  • Well I’ve now fallen into the chocolate problem with my little one as well. My mom got us some M&Ms for Valentine’s Day. I put them in this cute vase and stuck a flower in it, and every once in a while I’ll let Joli have two. Unfortunately she knows that they are on top of the fridge. So now she grunts and moans until I tell her that she can’t have anymore, then collapses into a screaming puddle on the floor, followed by a swift kick to the fridge, and then pulling on my arm accompanied by more screaming.

    I knew this day would come! 🙁

    February 22, 2008 at 3:49 am
  • Yep, you’re doomed, Lisa. That’s how it happened with me. Think about it this way, at least with M&Ms, that chocolate drool they get all over them at this age will have beautiful streaks of color in it as well.

    February 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm
  • I’m kind of glad there are no pictures to get me going..
    It’s bad enough I have to post chockies on my blog 🙁

    February 23, 2008 at 2:15 pm

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