White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Mousse
In this updated take on a classic French dessert, cream cheese adds stability and a pleasing tang, which balances the sweet white chocolate without overpowering it. This recipe first appeared in our December 2012 issue along with Ben Mims's story Beyond the Pale.
Enlarge Image Credit: Todd ColemanSERVES 4–6
INGREDIENTS2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
¼ cup heavy cream
¼ tsp. kosher salt
3 egg whites
½ cup sugar
8 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped
INSTRUCTIONS1. Place cream cheese and vanilla seeds in a large bowl, and beat on medium-high speed of a hand mixer until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Add cream, and beat until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes more; set aside. Place salt and egg whites in another bowl, and beat on medium-high speed of a hand mixer until soft peaks form; while beating, slowly add sugar, and beat until stiff peaks form; set aside.
2. Place white chocolate in a medium bowl over a 4-qt. saucepan of simmering water, and cook, stirring constantly, until just melted; remove from heat, and let cool for 5 minutes. Pour white chocolate into cream cheese mixture, and fold with a rubber spatula until almost combined; add beaten egg whites, and fold gently until just combined. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a ¾" tip, and pipe into serving glasses; refrigerate until set before serving, at least 2 hours.