For Christmas this year I gifted myself a new mixer and thought making a mousse would be a perfect way to test it out. So for my first bake and blog of the New Year I made one of my favorites, a Chocolate Mousse Pie.
This was the first time I did a blind bake with my crust too so I wanted to make sure I got the crust perfectly flaky and absolutely did not want a soggy bottom. This meant I needed to do my research and lots of it. I spent a few hours online reading various recipes and reviews about the perfect way to blind bake a pie crust. There is a ton of information out there about the best options, from pie weights to uncooked rice and beans and more in between. Ultimately I decided to go with sugar because I had sugar on hand and it had great reviews from fellow bakers.
Below is the recipe for the chocolate mousse, the crust, the blind bake and how to put it all together for a delicious light and fluffy New Year Treat. I’ve also included my tips and tricks and don’ts that I did at the end.
Ingredients for Single Pie Crust
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
1 and 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
4 tablespoons 2% milk
Directions for Pie Crust
In a small bowl combine the flour and salt.
Cut in butter with fork until the mixture is crumbly.
Sprinkle mixture with vinegar.
Gradually add milk tossing with a fork until a ball is formed.
Cover with foil and refrigerate for 30 minutes until easy to handle.
Blind Baking Your Crust
Once the dough is chilled, roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to fit 9 inch pie plate.
Crimp edges a little taller than the pie plate so there is less room to shrink.
Line crust with heavy duty aluminum foil.
Freeze crust for at least an hour.
Once the crust has had time to freeze, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Fill pie to the top with granulated sugar.
Bake for 60-75 minutes.
Remove pie crust from oven.
Remove sugar and store sugar for later use.
Let crust cool and prepare mousse.
Ingredients for Mousse
4 cups heavy cream
6 tablespoons of sugar
12 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions for Mousse
With stand mixer beat 3 cups of heavy cream and sugar to stiff peaks (about 6-8 minutes) refrigerate until ready to use.
In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup of heavy cream, chocolate chips and vanilla.
Place over medium heat, stirring constantly to avoid burning the chocolate.
Once the chocolate has melted (about 2-3 minutes) remove from heat and let cool.
When chocolate has cooled, gently fold it into 2 thirds of the whipped cream until completely incorporated
Putting It All Together
Pour mousse into prepared crust.
Refrigerate for 8 hours or freeze for 4
Top with remaining whipped cream and serve.
Tips and Tricks and a Few Don’ts That I did
Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty when making the crust. I found that in order to cut in the butter to the flour my hands worked better than the fork.
That being said be careful not to handle the dough too much. Overworking the dough will cause it to become tough and not tender and flaky. The key to a good pie crust is cold butter.
One mousse recipe I tried said to add salt to the semi sweet chocolate. Whatever you do, DO NOT add salt to semi sweet chocolate. That type of chocolate has a saltiness to it already and adding more salt made it inedible. It was AWFUL. I ended up throwing out the entire thing and starting over minus the salt. It turned much much better.
I’ve given this tip before, but it’s worth repeating. Do not stop stirring your chocolate. It melts and burns really fast. I use a rubber spatula to stir and scrape the bottom of the pan. It works great and so far I haven’t burned a batch of chocolate. **knock on wood**
A stand mixer is awesome to achieve quick peaks, but it isn’t necessary. I’ve made whipped cream with a hand mixer and it turned out just as great.
Freeze or refrigerate your pie, but make sure it’s served cold. I froze mine to share later this week. If you freeze it just be sure to take it out of the freezer at least 30 minutes prior to serving so the crust has time to thaw a little.
Enjoy and Have a Very Happy New Year!!!