Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dressing Up a Chocolate Mousse

I typically like my chocolate mousse naked.  Minds out of the gutter, please! I don't like to eat chocolate mousse while unclad, though I've never tried that.  I could like that, but what I meant to say is that I like to eat my chocolate mousse plain...with no toppings.  I have so many rich flavors at play in my mousse - with espresso and liqueur - that unadulterated seems best - just the mousse and a spoon. 

But every now and then I come across something, a new flavor, that speaks to me.  And when I smelled fennel pollen, it said, "Sprinkle me on top of chocolate mousse!"  Just to be clear, food doesn't really speak to me.  I don't hear little voices in my head.  But I do have bursts of culinary inspiration and for my canister of fennel pollen, chocolate mousse was it.

I topped my Strega Chocolate Mousse with a dollop of whipped cream and a pinch of fennel pollen.  Here's one of my friends' reactions when I put them out on the table.  Jaw-droppingly tasty, too!

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