We are not going to lie. Anything chocolate makes our mouth water, and this is why the occasion of Mousse Day today has got us all excited. Imagine that smooth and silky chocolate taste settling in your mouth, slowly diminishing into sweet decadence. You can have it cold or hot, it tastes great either way.
Mousse is a French dessert, which was, to begin with, served at high-end French restaurants. After globalization, the dish has become a favourite all over the world. You don’t need to have expert French language skills to understand its foamy delectability. Did you know that mousse was not always a dessert? Mousse, which literally means ‘foam’ in French, was invented as a savoury dish in French cuisine. It found its way out of the french coast only in the late 19th century. And aren’t we all glad that it did?
History of National Mousse Day
When someone says ‘mousse’, don’t you often imagine it as a chocolaty delight? Surprisingly, the mousse was first concocted as a savoury dish in 18th century France. It was only in the latter half of the 19th century that fruit mousses became a thing. The French would add the whipped cream into fruit, coffee, or liqueurs, or pour the cream on top in the shape of a pyramid.
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They called this ‘crème en mousse,’ which means ‘cream in a foam’. Present-day recipes of mousse have branched out from this bygone tradition. If you are not a fan of whipped cream, you may consider replacing it with some viciously whisked egg whites.
According to the website National Today, the most popular version of mousse today, chocolate mousse, wasn’t always so popular. In fact, it really got into the public eye in the U.S. in the 1930s. This was the time when chocolate pudding was being introduced into American food culture. You could say that the chocolate mousse drew its inspiration from the pudding.
Mousses are ideally served cold, while sweet mousses are sometimes served frozen. The best thing about mousse is that it conveniently lends itself to both savoury and sweet recipes. From a thick salmon mousse as a starter to smooth raspberry mousse or the classic chocolate mousse for dessert, there is practically no limit to the flavours that a mousse can embrace. Whereas it also works as a filling in pastries and parfaits, a savoury mousse goes well with cheese and fruit platters, turning them into good-looking appetizers.
In many restaurants today, mousses are prepared using whipped egg whites, whipped cream, or both, and flavoured with one or more of chocolate, coffee, caramel, puréed fruits, or various herbs, spices, such as mint or vanilla and other ingredients. Commonly dished out like a light appetizer, mousses are often stabilized by adding gelatin to them.
The best way to celebrate National Mousse Day is by creating your very own mousse in the comfort of your own home. It all begins by getting your ingredients together, so take a quick trip to the grocery and get:
Heavy Cream (2 cups)
Eggs (4 Large) optional
3 spoons sugar
1 spoon Vanilla essence
Optional: Whipped cream for garnish
You can garnish with some fresh whipped cream, berries, fruits or some - more grated chocolate.
National Mousse Day will never be the same when you start making this delicious treat for your friends and family.