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How to make Chocolate Mousse with Food Processor

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Many people believe that making the perfect desserts is a time consuming process and requires skills of a professional baker or patisserie. However, you can make some wonderful desserts at home. Below is the recipe of chocolate mousse which could be easily made at home and all that you need is a food processor and a standalone beater. So what are you waiting for? Just get hold of your food processor and start making the mousse.  

Ingredients

  • 7 oz coarsely chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (pure)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (flavorless)
  • 1/3 cup water or milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • A pinch of sea or kosher or sea salt
  • Black pepper (freshly ground)

Method

Put chocolate in your food processor bowl and process until it is very finely ground. Take a small cup and mix oil and vanilla extract and set aside. Then take a small saucepan and add water or milk, salt, and sugar and simmer while stirring until sugar is dissolved. Immediately add it into to the best food processor through the feeding tube and let the food processor running. Process it for nearly 20 seconds till the chocolate is melted. Add the mixture of oil and vanilla extract and process again for about 10 seconds till the mixture is thoroughly blended. Take out the mixture in a large bowl and let it cool at room temperature.

Beat cream using a beater till it is very soft. Lighten the chocolate by folding one-third of the cream into it. Then fold in the rest of the cream as well until the mixture is completely blended using food processor. Immediately pour in dessert glasses and refrigerate. In order to make the smoothest mousse, stop folding as soon as the cream is mixed with the chocolate and instantly add in the glasses. The mousse can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Serve with a sprinkle of black pepper on top, if desired.

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What to look before purchasing a blender

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If you are the person who loves to make shakes, smoothies, or soup then buy yourself a blender. Blenders are capable of blending the ingredients to a smooth consistency in a few seconds. Buying a good blender can not only help you save time but it also gives better final results. You can use a good blender for many purposes like blending salad dressings, whipping whole grain waffles, preparing creamy and thick shakes and smoothies, and making delicious desserts. While selecting the best blender for yourself, you must take into account the following factors:   

Functions:

The blenders available in the market these days range extensively in terms of the functions they could perform. While the basic ones just blend liquids with soft items, the more sophisticated ones can also prepare soups and even process hard items. The price does not necessarily depict the competency level of the machine and some less expensive blenders competently perform several tasks. Blenders are mostly electric while some manual blenders are also available. Cordless blenders could be more convenient. You must select the blender that suits your needs and demands.

Power:

Though the power of a blender does not necessarily equate with better blending however; you may choose a high power blender if you want it to do some tough tasks for you like ice crushing and processing hard foods. On the other hand, a normal standard blender is capable of doing all the regular tasks like stirring, blending, mixing, and pureeing.

Blades

Many blenders come with two sorts of blades; dry one for grinding grains and the other one for liquids. Dry blades function differently as they pull the ingredients downwards which enables uniform grinding of the dry ingredients. Some blenders have multipurpose blades that work well for both sort of ingredients. Blenders with detachable blades are generally preferred as this simplifies cleaning of the blender.

Servings and Storage Capacity

You must also decide what typical serving you prepare and then decide the capacity of the blender accordingly. There are personal or mini blenders also available in the market which prepare only 1-2 servings and would be ideal for those who have limited storage capacity. These could even be taken with you while you are travelling. BlenderReviews.io is a useful site for looking over the reviews, ratings and information related to blenders.

Hand blenders are also available in the market which require lesser space and are much convenient. They are easy to wash and eliminate food wastage during the blending process.

Budget

Your budget is an important factor while making the purchase decision for blenders. In order to buy the best blender while remaining within your prescribed budget, it is necessary that you first decide what sort of blender you want and then seek the significant features. The more the functions, the more expensive the blender would be.