Sunday, June 15, 2014

Manly Milk Chocolate Beer Mousse Dessert

Being a dessert/ baking blog, it's only natural that I wanted to make a dessert for Father's Day.

However, it seemed a bit backwards to put up some dainty dish that can't really relate to Dads in general.

I sat down and thought about what my Dad might want in a dessert.  I was trying to think outside of the box and really nail what my Dad loves...

Here, my friends, I have created the manliest dessert I could come up with!  Yes, dainty it may look... but I promise you that it is manly in flavor in every way!

Manly Milk Chocolate Beer Mousse Dessert

A beer mousse?!  Did I really just put beer in my mousse?!  Only for you Dad!  You were in every way my inspiration for this creation and I have to say, it was a fantastic success!

The best part about this dessert, is that it is best served with a nice full glass of your Dads favorite beer.  What more could he ask for?

This one's for you Dad, because you're awesome!

So what beer did I actually use?  With influence from my Dad, I'm into the smaller breweries or "craft beer."  I didn't want to pull just any beer off the shelf for this dessert!

You're only as good as your ingredients... and I believe that in every way!

I used:

Faust Schwarzviertler Dunkler - Faust beer is an amazing small brewery that brews for the locals, here, in Miltenberg, Germany!  I love their beer and their overall concept!  It's something that I will miss once I leave this little city!

For the chocolate cake:

60 g egg yolks (3 yolks)
15 g sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
30 g egg white (1 egg white)
30 g sugar
50 g dark chocolate
25 g flour

Start by lining a cookie sheet with baking paper, preheating the oven to 200 Celsius or 390 Fahrenheit.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a water bath on the stove.

Beat the yolks with 15g of sugar and vanilla until fluffy and lighter in color.

In another bowl beat the egg white, 30g of sugar and pinch of salt until stiff peaks form.

Fold the egg white into the to the yolks.  Fold in the melted chocolate and finally the flour.

With a spatula, spread the mass onto the prepared baking sheet as evenly as possible.  This is because the mass will be spread thinly and could bake unevenly.

Bake for 7-8 minutes.  Let cool.

Cut the cake out just slightly smaller than the desired form.  I used these oval silicon forms.

For the milk chocolate dark beer ganache:

75 g milk chocolate
50 g cream
1 tablespoon butter
50 g dark beer (add more or less to taste!)

Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a metal or glass bowl.

Over the stove, heat the cream and butter until it begins to simmer.

Pour the cream over the chocolate.  Let sit a minute and stir to create a smooth ganache.  Add the beer to taste!

Pour into the silicon form over top of the cake, making sure the cake is covered.  Be sure to fill evenly, and just enough to cover the cake base!

Place in the refrigerator to harden.

For the milk chocolate beer mousse:

6 g sugar
15 g egg yolks
30 g eggs
90 g milk chocolate, melted
3 g gelatin
15 g + 20 g dark beer
200 g cream

Start by dissolving the gelatin in 15 g of beer in a small bowl.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, whip the cream.

In a medium sized bowl, start whipping the yolks, whole eggs and sugar over a water bath on the stove.  Once the eggs and sugar are heated, remove from heat and continue to whip until cooled.  They will have doubled in volume and have become very light and fluffy.

Meanwhile, melt the gelatin either in the microwave or over a water bath being sure it does not become too hot.  Stir in a few spoonfuls of the whipped cream.

Add the melted chocolate to the whipped eggs and whisk until combined.  Add the gelatin and the 20 g of beer.  Stir until smooth.

Add the chocolate mixture to the whipped cream and fold until a fluffy mousse in formed.

Fill into the silicon forms to the top!  Tap the forms to remove any air bubbles and with an off-set spatula, scrape off the excess mousse.

Place in the freezer until frozen.  

**I made mine a day before I planned on serving them to be sure they were frozen enough to remove from the form.  Be careful removing them from the form too soon!

Decorate with a chocolate curl and you've got a dessert perfect for your Dad!

Happy Father's Day Dad!  Wish I could be there, but I'm dedicating this post to you!


  1. You can make that for me when you get home

  2. looks great, he is a lucky Dad to have such a talented pastry chef!