Recipe by Chef Kate
The name derives from the first owner, Emile Commander, who opened this New Orleans institution in 1880 in the Garden District. In 1974, the Brennans took over and started the famous jazz brunch. This mousse, served with raspberry sauce, is a staple of the menu. Prep time does not include chilling time. Plan to make a custard or sabayon with the egg yolks you'll have left over.
For the Sauce
- 1 cup fresh raspberry
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup brandy
For the Mousse
- 6 ounces white chocolate (such as Lindt)
- 1 1⁄2 cups heavy cream
- 1⁄4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 8 egg whites (at room temperature)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- shaved semisweet dark chocolate (to garnish)
Directions See How It's Made
- Make the raspberry sauce:.
- In a saucepan, combine the raspberries and the sugar.
- Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for two minutes.
- Flame with the brandy and stir until the flame is extinguished.
- Pour sauce through a fine sieve and reserve.
- Prepare the mousse:.
- Slowly melt the chocolate in a double boiler over very low heat.
- Whip the one and a half cups of heavy cream until soft peaks form.
- Add confectioner's sugar and whip until stiff peaks form.
- Whip the egg whites in a bowl with the cream of tartar, gradually adding the granulated sugar until stiff peaks form (do not overbeat).
- When the melted chocolate has cooled slightly, add the two tablespoons of heavy cream and stir to achieve a pouring consistency.
- Slowly add the chocolate mixture to the whipped cream, folding gently.
- Then, fold the egg whites and the chocolate/cream mixture together.
- To serve, spoon 2 tablespoons of raspberry sauce into the bottom of each of six large-bowled wine glasses (or martini or margarita glasses).
- Spoon the mousse over the sauce.
- Chill for at least two hours.
- Garnish with shaved semisweet dark chocolate.