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Raspberry White Chocolate Mousse Cake

White Chocolate Genoise

1/2 cup cake flour
3 oz white chocolate, chopped
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into bits
3 large eggs at room temperature
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup sugar

Line the bottom of a greased 8 1/2-inch spring-form pan with wax
paper, grease the paper, and dust the pan with flour, knocking out
the excess. In a metal bowl set over a pan of barely simmering
water melt the white chocolate with the butter, the vanilla, and
3 tablespoons water, stirring until the mixture is smooth. Remove
the bowl from the heat and let the mixture cool. Sift together the
flour and the salt. In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat
the eggs with the sugar on high speed for 5 minutes, or until the
mixture is triple in volume. Fold the flour mixture into the egg
mixture until the batter is just combined and gently fold in the
white chocolate mixture. Pour the batter into the pan, smoothing
the top, and bake in the middle of a preheated 350F. oven for 25
minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Transfer the cake to
a rack, run a sharp knife around the edge, and remove the side of
the pan. Invert the cake onto another rack and remove the wax paper.
Invert the cake onto a rack and let it cool completely.

After the cake has cooled completely take a long piece of thread
and carefully slice the cake horizontally into three equal layers.


Pastry Cream

4 large egg yolks
3 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
9 oz white chocolate, chopped
3 Tbs. Cornstarch sifted
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups milk scalded
1/4 cup Framboise liqueur
2 tsp. vanilla

In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks and the sugar, add the sifted
cornstarch, and whisk the mixture until it is just combined. Add
the scalded milk, transfer the mixture to a heavy saucepan, and
boil it, whisking, for 1 minute, or until it is very thick and
smooth. Pour into a bowl, stir in vanilla and the butter. Cover
the surface with plastic wrap and chill, until it is completely
cooled. In a metal bowl over a ban marie melt the white chocolate,
stirring occasionally, and let it cool to lukewarm. In a large bowl
whisk together the white chocolate and 1 cup of the pastry cream,
reserving the remaining pastry cream for the raspberry mousse,
until the mixture is well blended. In a bowl with an electric mixer
beat the heavy cream until it holds soft peaks, whisk one fourth
of it into the white chocolate mixture, then fold in the remaining
whipped cream.

Line the sides of an oiled 9 1/2-inch spring-form pan with pieces
of plastic wrap (the plastic wrap makes un-molding the cake easier),
letting the excess hang over the side. Invert the top layer of the
gnoise into the bottom of the pan, brush the cake with some of the
framboise, and spread it evenly with half the white chocolate mousse
(about 2 cups). Invert the middle layer of the gnoise onto the
mousse, brush it with some of the remaining framboise, and chill
the cake and the remaining white chocolate mousse while preparing
the raspberry mousse.


For the raspberry mousse

3 tablespoons framboise
2 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1/2 cup heavy cream

In a blender or food processor pure the raspberries with a little
water, pour into a metal bowl. Whisk the reserved pastry cream into
the raspberry mixture. With an electric mixer beat the heavy cream
until it holds soft peaks. Whisk one fourth of the whipped cream
into the raspberry mixture and fold in the remaining whipped.

Spread the raspberry mousse evenly over the middle layer of genoise
in the pan. Invert the third layer of genoise onto the mouse, and
brush it with the remaining framboise. Spread the remaining white
chocolate mousse over the gnoise (the pan will be completely full)
and chill the cake, its surface covered with a sheet of wax paper,
for at least 6 hours or overnight. Remove the side of the pan, peel
the plastic wrap carefully from the side of the cake, and transfer
the cake to a serving plate.

Garnish the cake the cake with fresh raspberries and white chocolate
curls.

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