Chestnut mousse, or mousse aux marrons in French, is to die for. In France, I would rarely make it as it is easier to buy the Marronsuis Nestle brand. It’s as good as the homemade version. Unfortunately, it is not available in California. I found that my local store carries French chestnut puree, so I bought some and came home and made the delicious goodness right away.
1. Info for Chestnut Mousse (Mousse aux Marrons)
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- Servings: 6
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2. Ingredients for Chestnut Mousse (Mousse aux Marrons)
- 7 ounces chestnut spread, 2 small tins (2 x 100 g)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon sugar, to taste
- 1 cup heavy cream, cold
- 3/4 teaspoon agar agar powder, optional
- 1 teaspoon imitation brandy extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 cup vanilla chips
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
- In a mixing bowl, whisk the mascarpone cheese to soften the product. Add the chestnut puree, vanilla and brandy extracts. Set aside. In a mini bowl, dissolve the agar in 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Set aside. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar in a small stainless steel mixing bowl until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Place the vanilla chips in small stainless steel bowl. Prepare a double boiler: Fill a saucepan with water, make sure the water barely covers the height of the stainless steel mixing bowl. I always like to add a little kitchen towel at the bottom of the saucepan. The saucepan won’t jiggle and there won’t be any splatter of water in your mixture. Bring the water to a boil then lower the heat to a gentle simmer. Place the stainless steel bowl in the saucepan and gently melt the vanilla chips at a low temperature. Add the egg yolk mixture and start whisking the egg mixture vigurously for about 3-5 minutes using an handheld mixer. Add the agar cream mixture and stir constantly. Remove from the heat. Add the egg mixture to the chestnut mascarpone cheese. Clean your handheld mixer in hot soapy water. In a stainless steel mixing bowl, place the egg whites. Add salt. Beat the egg whites for about 2 minutes to a medium speed. Increase to the maximum speed and keep beating for another 2-3 minutes until the whites are stiff. Do not overbeat or the texture will become grainy.
- Pour 1/3 of the egg white mixture into the mascarpone egg mixture then gently stir everything to soften the batter. Pour the rest of the egg whites and using a wodern spoon, gently fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture to get an airy batter. Clean your handheld mixer one more time in hot soapy water. Just make sure your handheld beater is clean prior to whipping the cream for an optimum result. The whipping cream should be whipped cold. Whisk the remainining heavy cream until soft peaks. Using a silicone spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone egg mixture to get an airy batter. Plastic-wrap the container and place in the refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight. Garnish each mousse with a marron glacé.
- Bon appétit! Here’s the version topped with a marron glacé. The pink in the back is cotton candy. Yum!