Saturday, May 30, 2009

Guest Ranch Tricks

People on vacation forget about calories and want to indulge. This was certainly true of the visitors to the guest ranch. Svelte women who had starved themselves for weeks to be in swimsuit shape would come in and order a breakfast that would satisfy a ranch hand. I guess they figured they were on a ranch they should eat cowboy style. Bacon, eggs and flapjacks were fine for breakfast. But, when it came to dessert only the elegant would do. The manager wanted desserts that would impress.

Chocolate Mousse was an acceptable choice. Now, if you have ever made this dessert you know it is a complicated process. The first step for six servings is to crack and separate five eggs. On the ranch multiple that for thirty-six guest and you would crack up yourself on this step alone. For those who don't do math that's thirty eggs. Next stand and stir over a boiling water bath. That little pot on your stove won't hold the mixture so you have to get a big pot and stand on a stool. Use a long wooden spoon to stir till thick. Next whip the eggs whites till stiff. By the time you finish this step the only thing you will want to whip is the person who asked you to make this stupid dessert.

Enough! Enough! You don't want the whole recipe. If you do, I suggest you consult Amy or Martha. Instead try Moosh's creamy delightful easy Chocolate Mousse. Whip some fresh whipping cream ( I never said it was low calorie) to stiff peaks, if you have a stand mixture this is easy. Melt chocolate chips in microwave carefully, make sure they don't burn. Gently fold melted chocolate into whipped cream. Put in pretty glasses, we used wine glasses, and top with a dollop of plain sweetened whip cream. Chill. Serve your homemade French Velvet Mousse (name anything French and people think it is fancy) and no one will be the wiser. Bon Appetit. More guest ranch stories.


Tracey said...

Hi Moosh,
Thanks for visiting my blog :)
Come back anytime.
I appreciate your encouraging words on my weight loss.
The chocolate mousse sound yummy!!!
:) Tracey

Brooke said...

This sounds delicious! I'm going to have to try it. I'm a chocoholic for sure.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I cannot resist anything with chocolate in it;) Hey, when you visit a dude ranch your supposed to burn up those calories--riding, walking, swimming...

Martha said...

Ha, ha, ha, you've found out my secret for easy, peasy Mousse a Chocolat.