Just a little bit ago I shared my recipe for eclairs. Eclairs are one of my absolute favorite desserts. If you can’t have an eclair, the next best thing is a cream puff. Cream puffs are usually missing that delicious chocolate icing on top, but are still very tasty. I recently came across this recipe for Chocolate Mousse-Filled Cream Puffs from another fellow blogger who happens to also be named Laura. Her site is The Cooking Photographer. So Laura actually got this recipe from Hershey’s. I figured if it came from Hershey’s it had to be good. I was really drawn to the recipe mainly because of the chocolate mousse recipe. The only mousse I’ve ever made involved pudding mix and cool whip. Other recipes that I have seen for chocolate mousse usually involve melted chocolate, eggs, and cooking it on the stove. This recipe involves no cooking. If you can boil water, I did mine in the microwave, and use a mixer then you can make this chocolate mousse. I must tell you, that this mousse was divine and totally worth it. This will now be my go to chocolate mousse recipe. It would also be excellent in a pie or in a parfait. It would even be wonderful in a glass with a dollop of whipped cream. You simply must have this recipe. It is a staple. Thanks Laura for sharing this fabulous recipe. My family was in heaven with this simple dessert.
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 tablespoon cold water
2 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
1 cup (1/2 pt.) cold whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in small cup; let stand 1 minute to soften. Add boiling water; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Cool slightly.
2. Stir together sugar and cocoa in medium bowl; add whipping cream and vanilla. Beat on medium speed of mixer, scraping bottom of bowl occasionally, until mixture is stiff. Pour in gelatin mixture; beat until well blended. Store in the refrigerator while you make the pastry.
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1. Heat oven to 400°F. Grease cookie sheet.
2. Combine water, butter and salt in medium saucepan; cook to boiling, stirring until butter melts. Add flour all at once; stir vigorously over low heat about 1 minute or until mixture leaves the side of pan and forms a ball. Remove from heat.
3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with spoon after each addition until smooth. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons into 6 mounds, 3 inches apart, onto prepared cookie sheet.
4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Horizontally slice small portion from top of puffs; set tops aside. Remove and discard any soft dough from inside puffs. Cool completely. Fill puffs with the chocolate mousse; replace tops. Refrigerate about 1 hour and sprinkle the top with powdered sugar just before serving.
Makes about 6 puffs.