Category Archives: Curds and Puddings

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate. Nothing soothes the soul more than that intense feeling of pleasure you receive biting into a smooth, creamy piece of dark chocolate. If you want something a little fancier, try this velvety rich chocolate mousse. It is a perfect ending for any meal. I adapted this recipe from Bittersweet by Alice Medrich

Intense chocolate.

chocolate mousse

chocolate mousse

Chocolate Mousse

Serves 6

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate finely chopped (I used Scharffen-Berger)
1/4 cup coffee (I used Illy, decaf)
1 1/2 tablespoons Kahlua
3 large eggs at room temperature
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons sugar

six 6-ounce ramekins

Place the chocolate and the 1/4 cup coffee in a medium heatproof bowl in a wide skillet of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until the chocolate is nearly melted. Remove the bowl and stir until completely melted and smooth. Stir in the liquor and set aside.

In a medium heatproof bowl, whisk the eggs with the 3 tablespoons water and the sugar until well blended. Set the bowl in a skillet of not even simmering water and, stirring constantly to prevent the eggs from scrambling, cook until they register 160 degrees F on an instant read thermometer. Remove the bowl and beat with an electric mixer at high speed for 3 to 4 minutes, until the eggs have a texture like softly whipped cream. Fold about one quarter of the eggs into the chocolate. Scrape the chocolate mixture onto the remaining beaten eggs and fold just until incorporated. Divide the mixture among the ramekins.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.

Serve with raspberries and whipped cream (nondairy, of course)

Raspberries and Meringues




Raspberries and Meringues

Originally uploaded by susansbooks

This is such an easy dessert to make. I purchased the meringues at Whole Foods and filled them with a nondairy vanilla pudding. After topping them with raspberries, I drizzled some dairy-free chocolate sauce on top. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Vanilla Pudding

Vanilla pudding

Vanilla pudding

One of the things that I miss not being able to consume milk is pudding. Dr. Oetker’s pudding mix did not have dairy listed, so I tried cooking it with vanilla rice milk. It was delicious, along with being smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

Dr. Oetker's Organic Vanilla Pudding Mix

Dr. Oetker's Organic Vanilla Pudding Mix

Tapioca Pudding

Happy Tapioca Pudding Day!

As soon as I get my tapioca pudding to thicken, I will post the recipe. I tried plain rice milk as a substitute for cow’s milk, while the flavor was sweet and creamy, the pudding never firmed up. I adjusted the recipe and used vanilla rice milk; although it looked better than the plain, it was still not quite the consistency that I was looking for.