Rancho La Puerta
Hands-On Cooking Class, with Creative Chef Jesús González
1 cup carrots (6-8 baby carrots)
1/4 cup milk
8 ounces dark semisweet chocolate (75%)
1/2 cup (4 ounces) low-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons agave nectar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur (optional)
Wash carrots, then remove the tops and tips. Do not remove carrot skins. Place the prepared carrots in a medium metal sauté pan or on a baking sheet. In a 375-degree oven, roast the carrots for 45 minutes. Let cool. Then puree the carrots in a food processor and set aside.
Place the chocolate in a small metal bowl and add the milk. Set the bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Turn off the heat, but leave the bowl over the hot water.
In the bowl of a food processor, puree the melted chocolate and milk, pureed carrots, cream cheese, agave nectar, vanilla and Grand Marnier, until perfectly smooth, scraping the sides down several times.
Place the smooth chocolate mousse in a large pastry bag with a large rosette tip OR merely use a serving spoon to serve the mousse. Place 5-6 raspberries (or other fruit) in the base of 6 glass coupes and then top the berries with the mousse. Top the mousse with a raspberry (or other fruit) and a sprig of mint.
Recipe Created by Chef Jesús Gonzalez of La Cocina Que Canta Culinary Center at Rancho La
Puerta Fitness Resort & Spa • Tecate, Baja CA, Mexico - www.rancholapuerta.com
Notes/Results: Chocolaty, rich, decadent and good, with no discernible carrot taste. The texture was a bit fudgier than the lighter texture I normally associate with mousse, but that is not a bad thing. Rather than add the orange liquor, I used a bit of orange zest and juice for the orange flavor. To get the right texture, puree the carrots really well before adding in the other ingredients, and then take your time in pureeing everything together, until it is very smooth, (which took several minutes and lots of scraping down the sides of the processor). I took the lazy way out and spooned it into four little tea cups and garnished them with mint, but if you have the fresh berries, piping the mousse into glasses as suggested would be nice. A fun recipe and a good way to sneak a bit of vitamin A into your diet while enjoying dessert.