Olive oil adds intrigue and richness to this decadent dessert. Heat the egg-and-milk mixture very slowly in a heavy-bottomed pan to avoid curdling the eggs. If desired, substitute 1 tablespoon of orange-flavored liqueur for 1 tablespoon of coffee and garnish with candied orange peel.
- 2 eggs, thoroughly beaten
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 6 ounces good-quality semi-sweet dark chocolate
- 3 tablespoons freshly brewed strong coffee
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Tiny pinch fine salt Sea salt, such as Maldon, or grey lavender salt, to serve
- Lightly sweetened whipped cream, to serve
Whisk the milk and eggs together, beating for at least a minute. Put in a small, heavy saucepan over low heat. Put a thermometer into the milk mixture and carefully heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture reaches 160°F. Take off the heat.
In another small, heavy saucepan, put the chocolate over low heat. (Break up the chocolate into shards if not using small baking pieces.) Heat slowly, stirring frequently, until the chocolate is completely melted. Take off the heat and stir in the coffee and the olive oil.
Add the milk-and-egg mixture to a blender or food processor, along with the maple syrup, vanilla, and a pinch of fine salt. Blend. With the food processor or blender running, slowly pour in the chocolate-and-coffee mixture and blend until well combined. The final mix will be frothy and smooth.
Fill four 6-ounce ramekins and put in the refrigerator to chill. Depending on the size and depth of the dish, this mousse will take from a half hour to three hours to set. Serve with whipped cream and just a pinch of rough salt.
Serves 4 — Recipe adapted from thekitchn.com