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I quote and agree with everything Chef Anna Olson says about this recipe - one featured on her Food Network Canada TV program, SUGAR. "This recipe looks like a spectacular baked souffle without the effort or worry of whether it will sink! Essentially a light, frozen mousse, the rhubarb flavour compliments the white chocolate making it a refreshing dessert."
- THE RHUBARB: Simmer rhubarb, sugar and vanilla until soft.
- Puree, then set aside to cool.
- THE MOUSSE: Prepare 6 x 4oz ramekins by wrapping outsides with parchment or waxed paper rings to stand 2 inches above the ramekin's lip.
- Secure parchment with an elastic band or string.
- Over a pot of simmering water (or in a microwave) melt chocolate and set aside to cool. (Keep water simmering on stove.)
- Whip cream to soft peaks and chill.
- Over simmering water,whisk together egg yolks, water, brandy and 2 tbsp sugar for 2 minutes to warm eggs.
- Remove from simmer, and whisk chocolate into egg yolk mixture.
- Let mixture sit until at room temperature.
- Fold in whipped cream in two additions just until incorporated.
- Whip egg whites to medium-peak, and add the remaining 1 tbsp of sugar and a dash of salt.
- Fold one third of the egg-whites into mousse followed by the remaining two thirds.
- Quickly fold in the rhubarb.
- Spoon mousse into the ramekins, filling up over the edge of each ramekin.
- Freeze overnight- or at least 6 hours.
- TO ASSEMBLE: Simply remove the parchment/waxed paper and garnish the frozen mousse (what IS the plural of"mousse"?) with a few fresh berries.
This was wonderfully, surprisingly decadent and delicious!! I am not a big fan of rhubarb, but was persuaded by DH to make this and I am certainly glad I did! Thanks for posting this gem!