This month Sugar High Friday is hosted by the gorgeous Anita from Dessert First with a really interesting theme – “Time to Spice Up Your Life“. And since
The combination of star anise and chocolate sounded unusual at first. I love star anise and it is an essential ingredient in many dishes that I cooked. But for dessert, with chocolate? I actually think it would work. The sweet fragrance of start anise will blend nicely with the creaminess of chocolate mousse.
I have never been a big fan of mousse, but I gotta say this mousse is excellent. The texture is so light and delicate, and the fragrance of star anise is not overwhelming at all. I have re-worked the original recipe from Donna Hay here by using milk chocolate instead of the dark variety. I think it would blend better with the spice. Also, to lift up the flavors, I decide to dust the mouse with the mixture of pure cocoa powder and finely ground star anise. It is beautiful, and I cannot praise this mousse more! Perhaps it is something you could try for your next dinner party!
I am sending this to Anita! Make sure to check out her blog on Halloween day for the round up.
Star Anise Flavored Chocolate Mousse
Adapted from Donna Hay Magazine
Ingredients (serves 4)
2 fresh eggs, separated
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp ground star anise
100g milk chocolate, chopped
¾ cup heavy cream, chilled
To dust: 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder + 1/8 tsp ground star anise – mix
Whisk egg whites until soft peak form. Add sugar + star anise. Whisk until stiff peaks form.
Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, and stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Add ¼ cup of cream + egg yolks. Whisk well to combine.
Place the remaining cream in a bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Add chocolate + egg white mixture. Fold through to combine. Spoon to serving bowls and chill for 2-3 hours.
Just before serving, dust the mousse with the cocoa + star anise mixture. Serve with strawberry (or other berries).