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May 1, 2008 - Issue #12
I hope you are enjoying spring or autumn, depending on what part of the world you hail from! I love the changing of the seasons. I'm always looking for fresh ideas and new recipes to try.
This month I want to pass along a yummy chocolate mousse recipe from a friend here in Australia.
I also want to show you an adorable cake that my sister made for one of her boys. I think you'll love it, especially if you have young ones of your own.
Finally, I'll leave you with some great gift ideas for Mother's Day. You only have 10 days left to organize a special treat!
This delicious chocolate mousse recipe was given to me by my friend Marian. It serves 6, but you can adjust the measurements to make more or less as you desire.
- 300 g (12 oz.) dark chocolate, chopped
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1 1/2 cups of thickened cream
- 6 tsp. castor sugar
Now, doesn't that sound simple and delicious?
- Melt chocolate over a double boiler. You can use the microwave if you are careful and stir every 30 seconds.
- To the chocolate add the egg yolks and cream and whisk until smoooth.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and beat until dissolved.
- Gently fold the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture and scoop it into your chosen glasses or goblets. Chill in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
- Top with cream, fresh berries, or grated chocolate (why not all three?), and serve.
A Birthday Cake Surprise!
My sister, Heather, has 8 children. She is always making adorable birthday cakes for the kids' birthdays. I just had to share her latest with you because it is so cute and clever.
This caterpillar cake was made using a round bundt or angel food pan that has that hollow center. You can really use any traditional cake mix, boxed or homemade, that you prefer.
After the cake has cooled, you simply cut a third of
the cake from the whole and then cut that piece in half again. Use the large piece for the middle hump portion of the cake and the two smaller pieces for either end.
Decorate the cake with your choice of icing and then create the details of the caterpillar using melted chocolate for the stripes, round fruit snacks for the eyes and spots, and chocolate licorice and mini-marshmallows for the legs and antennae.
Only 10 Days Until Mother's Day!
Before I go, I wanted to remind you once more that Mother's Day is next Sunday, May 11. Have you decided on something special for your mom yet?
I've added several new Mother's Day pages to the site to give you some of my favorite ideas.
I hope you'll find something just right for your Mom this year. Let her know how much you love and appreciate her. I don't know what I would do without my own dear Mother.
Well, that's about it for this month. Don't forget, you can always pop on over to Chocolate Candy Mall for great recipes and other gift ideas if you want to whip up a batch of fudge or some other chocolate candy indulgence for your family or loved one. We are always adding new ideas every week or so. See you there!
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Once again, to ALL the mothers...
Happy Mother's Day! Pamper yourself and your loved ones. Don't let the busy-ness of life cheat you out of time with family and loved ones, or allow yourself to neglect expressing your gratitude and love. Blessings on you...
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