New Years Eve is a fun night! We usually go out for dinner and then head home for some wine, lots of junk food and a new dessert. This year, there will be two new recipes: chocolate mousse and sweet potato pie!
There is a restaurant across from my old apartment that makes the most amazing chocolate mousse. I think they add some alcohol for flavor. Since then, I have been trying to make a chocolate mousse on my own. The first one was a healthy recipe and a total disaster. The second try tasted ok but the texture was way off. This year, I found a new recipe in Rachael Ray Magazine that looks like it could be a success.
I melted down my chocolate and set it on ice. Again, I needed to whip my egg whites. I put the immersion blender back to work. Luckily, I had some practice yesterday and knew what to look for.
I thought the mousse would be perfect in my cute ice cream bowls. Into the fridge, but not before I stole a spoonful. This is a tasty mousse with the right amount of chocolate and VERY fluffy! Definitely a success!
Sweet potato pie is one of my favorite southern desserts from when I lived in Tennessee. I have never tried to make it before, so I headed to the Food Network for a recipe to try. If I conquer this, maybe then I can try some of my other southern favorites like fried pickles.
Yesterday, I roasted the sweet potatoes and instead of pushing them through the sieve (which sounded like it would be way too much work), I put my trusty immersion blender back to work to make my puree.
T minus 3 hours before our dinner reservations and I am set to begin my pie. For my first ever pie, I used a store bought frozen crust. Per the directions, I baked it and brushed it with egg whites. I felt very professional using my brush until I almost took off half the edging on the crust.
I combined my sweet potatoes with all the spices and sugar. Then whisked the egg whites and cream. I combined everything and poured it into my crust. The pie goes into the oven on a baking sheet.
While the pie bakes, I can hop in the shower with more than enough time to pick out an outfit for tonight.
I can’t wait to try the pie and I am hoping it turns out, but if not, there is always chocolate mousse!
Tomorrow’s agenda: the day off to play and shop in downtown Chicago!