Monday, December 10, 2012

Candy Cane White Chocolate Mousse

Candy Cane White Chocolate Mousse
More Christmas baking! This is a super, super easy recipe that requires no actual baking, just a little bit of heating, stirring, whipping and folding. I love candy canes. I have always been a peppermint fan, and they always look so pretty when they are crushed up and used in a dessert of some sort. This dessert is a fantastic one that is not too heavy (perfect as a refreshing dessert after a big Christmas lunch), and can be prepared well ahead of time.
Candy Cane White Chocolate Mousse
I used a simple white chocolate mousse recipe flavoured with peppermint; just enough to give it a nice hint of minty-ness against the white chocolate flavour, but not enough to make it taste like toothpaste. To make it a little prettier, I added a bit of pink food colouring to half of the mixture and layered the two colours. It looks super cute, especially in narrow glasses or small jars. I always keep any glass jar or container that I can get my hands on because they make fantastic serving glasses.
Candy Cane White Chocolate Mousse
Top them off with a bit more whipped cream, and a sprinkling of crushed candy canes and you have a very pretty dessert. I know not everyone is a peppermint fan, so you can always change it up and use non-mint flavoured candy canes and flavour the mousse however you want.
Candy Cane White Chocolate Mousse
It's going to be a very busy Christmas season this year. Along with all the usual Christmas chaos, I'm looking forward to welcoming my niece into the world around the same time! I'm already determined to make a baker out of her :) Hopefully I'll have time to try out a few more Christmas-related recipes before then.
Candy Cane White Chocolate Mousse
So I may have gotten a little carried away with the photos, can you blame me?
Candy Cane White Chocolate Mousse
Candy Cane White Chocolate Mousse
(serves 6, adapted from this recipe)
250g (about 9oz) white chocolate
60ml (1/4 cup) milk
1 1/2 tsp peppermint essence
3 large eggs, separated
350ml (1.5 cups) pure/pouring cream (or heavy cream in the US, min 35% fat unthickened)
To decorate: red/pink food colouring, extra whipped cream, crushed peppermint candy canes

Place white chocolate, milk and peppermint essence in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, making sure the bowl does not touch the water. Heat until the chocolate is just melted, stirring regularly. Cool for 5 minutes, then beat in egg yolks one at a time until well combined. Whip cream to soft peaks in a separate bowl, and then gently fold into warm mixture until just combined. In a separate clean large mixing bowl, beat egg whites to soft peaks. Gently fold in the rest of the mixture into the egg whites until just combined.
Candy Cane White Chocolate Mousse
If making the pink and white layers, place half the mixture in a separate mixing bowl and fold in food colouring until just combined. Spoon alternating amounts of pink and white mousse into six 1/2-cup capacity serving glasses. Chill for 3-4 hours or overnight in the fridge. To serve, top with extra whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed candy canes.
Candy Cane White Chocolate Mousse
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37 comments:

  1. Aww how exciting to be welcoming a niece around Christmas. That is probably going to be one of the best xmas presents anyone could ask for. I have 4 nephews already and hoping I get more! haha Nope can't blame you for taking so many photos because these are just too adorable. Very versatile as well. Love it, steph! =)

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  2. Beautiful photos.. and I just love the idea of candy cane white chocolate mousse. Wow!!

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  3. Yum!!

    http://theoccasionalindulgence.blogspot.com/

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  4. These are so cute. I have 5 nieces who I know would go absolutely nuts for this. I think it just made the Christmas rotation!

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  5. What a cute little christmas-y treat! These would be great in small shot glasses for a party or holiday get-together.

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  6. These are so pretty! I was never a peppermint fan until a year or two ago but now I love it - especially candy canes!

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  7. THis looks so cute and yummy at the same time! Want it now! xx

    www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

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  8. Oh my! This post looks so delicious! And so so beautiful!

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  9. Just so incredibly beautiful! No, I don't blame you at all for taking lots of pics, they're all gorgeous!!

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  10. Oh wow Steph! This looks incredible. Your photos (and recipes of course!) always amaze me.

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  11. Looks so refreshing! Just what I need on a hot summer's day.

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  12. I love that you've coloured half of it pink. And I love peppermint. These will be making an appearance on my kitchen table soon:)

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  13. These photos are sooo pretty! And what a perfect light dessert for Christmas Day, or the run up to the festivities.

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  14. Oh these are totally gorgeous, and I imagine every bit as delicious!

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  15. now i'm hungry :D that looks so yummy! please give me one of them :P

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  16. This looks and sounds wonderful. Do you think the mousse would work if I piped it into mini-sugar cookie cups? I am trying to think of something Christmas'y to fill the cups with.

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    1. Hi Martha - I don't think it would work to fill the cups with the unset mixture, it is quite watery and would probably just make the cookie soggy. However you could try setting the mixture in a tray and then piping the set mousse into the cups? Hope that helps! xx

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    2. Thanks! If I try it, I'll let you know. I wouldn't be filling the cups until just before the party (the day after I make it), so I may give it a shot.

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  17. Wow, this looks amazing! What a lovely blog.

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  18. Love them. Think I am going to make them as a dessert for Christmas decorating day, nice and Christmassy.

    Love the blog as well. And how exciting to be welcoming a new niece around Christmas, when we were waiting for my nephew to be born I was so bleeding impatient!

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  19. I´m sure you´re going to end the year with the new member and you´re going to have fun
    Love from Spain
    Marialuisa

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  20. I just discovered how amazing white chocolate and peppermint are together, and this sounds like the perfect recipe to combine those two flavors! You're photos are so gorgeous and you've officially made me super-hungry. :)
    P.S. I save every glass bottle I can find too! Perfect for serving and picture-taking.
    P.P.S. Congrats on the niece-to-be!

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  21. I wanna do this so badly! It looks wonderful!

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  22. Will definitely do this with my Grand-daughter over the holidays

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  23. These are gorgeous! So festive and fun, and the fact that they are easy is the icing on the proverbial cake...or mousse!

    We're celebrating holiday recipes this month on the Shine Supper Club and a recipe like this would be a perfect contribution. I hope you'll join us!

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  24. This is absolutely beautiful and so incredibly festive for the holidays! I adore the gorgeous colors and white chocolate mousse sounds divine!

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  25. It's almost too pretty to eat!!! If I made this I would probably take a whole memory card's worth of pictures so I had proof because it would be gone that fast!! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  26. Great idea for Christmas! The layering is so pretty. I love the pink and cream :) Hope you have a lovely Chrissy!! xox

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  27. I love the colour scheme! So beautiful, almost too beautiful to eat :)

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  28. I love how they are in jars! Beautiful colours xx

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  29. What a yummy looking treat! And serving them in those cute jars is just too much :) Thanks for sharing!

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  30. I just made it. came out funny like quagulated, the whipping cream never creamed up in the mixer for some reason, not sure why. and by the time i added the mint white chocolate mixture, it was cold. I will try it again next year and keep the mixture warm and make sure the whipping cream whips up. probibly just a strange coincidence. its in the frig now we will see if it sets... Still doesnt look at creamy as these pics!

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