Two weekends ago I hosted my first 3 course dinner for some of my closest friends. 3 guys and 3 girls, including myself, who all have experienced palates. I thought it best to get the dessert out of the way first, something simple yet divine, so I had time to concentrate on the starter and main course.
I made a mousse from a simple & commonly known recipe so I really cannot take credit for it, beside the presentation and Oreo craftiness.
Serves 4-6 depending on the size of ramkin you use
(I used beautiful espresso cups featured in the picture instead of ramkins. I received a set to put aside as part of my trousseau when I turned 21. Needless to say, years later, unmarried, I sat thinking “how archaic is trousseau anyway?” and broke them in for this dinner. Ha!)
4 large eggs, separated
100g slab of white chocolate, melted
6 Oreos, crushed
Whisk egg yolks till creamy
Slowly add melted white chocolate to egg yolk mixture
(I melted the chocolate in the microwave. My best friend reminded me to add some unsalted butter to avoid burning it. Remember to regularly stop and stir to avoid burning the chocolate if you are using the microwave)
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites till they form peaks. You should be able to turn the bowl upside down without getting egg on your face, floor or kitchen counter.
Fold egg whites into the yolk and chocolate mixture slowly.
Spoon the mousse into ramkins till they are half way. Crush an Oreo for each ramkin and add this layer of Oreo to the ramkin before topping off with some more mousse. I decorated it with a Ferrero Rocher however you could save some Oreo to sprinkle on the top.
Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Serve chilled.
When it came time to serve, I made some hot chocolate, added a Nougatelli hazelnut and choc chip cookie and Ferrero Rocher as featured in picture.