Today is the first challenge: for mousse!
I'll confess. I haven't made mousse since Home Economics class about a million years ago. Well, maybe not a million years ago, but it's been awhile. I don't think Home Ec is even offered in most schools anymore - it was that long ago! Anyway . . . .
I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy mousse is to make. It can be a very complex or refreshingly uncomplicated dessert - depending on your mood. But, either way, it's a memorable and delicious dessert. I'm still trying to figure out why I haven't thought to make it before the challenge.
For the first Blue Ribbon Challenge, I chose a Honey-Caramel Mousse. This mousse is light with a surprising twist. The taste reminds me of the Bit O' Honey candy, but with caramel overtones. The whipped cream garnish is unsweetened and helps to balance the sweetness of the mousse. I served my mousse with airy, little chocolate tuile cookie cutouts. Perfect!
Whip the remaining 2/3 cups cream until it holds soft peaks. Set aside 1/3 cup of the whipped cream. Fold the remaining whipped cream into the chilled caramel sauce in 3 stages. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours. The mousse (without any garnish) will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days when tightly wrapped with plastic wrap.
To serve, spoon the mousse into a serving bowl or dessert glass. Garnish with the reserved unsweetened whipped cream piped through a star tipped pastry bag.
Add tuile cookie cut-outs or other garnish, if you like and serve.
Enjoy! And if you like my Honey-Caramel Mousse, you can vote for it here! Thanks!!
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