Sunday, June 27, 2010

Chocolate Pavlovas with Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse (DB)

The June 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Dawn of Doable and Delicious. Dawn challenged the Daring Bakers’ to make Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse. The challenge recipe is based on a recipe from the book Chocolate Epiphany by Francois Payard.

I made a half recipe that yielded enough to serve at least 4-6 people.  I also made my own mascarpone cheese, after learning how easy it is to make.  For the half recipe, you'll need to make 3/4 of the mascarpone cheese recipe linked here.

I love chocolate, but this was almost too much for me.  Each individual component was good on its own (the chocolate meringue, the chocolate mascarpone mousse, etc.), but somehow when you put everything together it was just too chocolatey and sweet for me.  My husband didn't find that to be the case at all, so I am sure it just depends on who you ask.  It was only after making these that I learned that pavlovas are traditionally served with fresh fruit.  I think the fruit would have balanced out all the chocolate quite well with these, and I might have enjoyed them a bit more served that way.

Thanks Dawn, for hosting this month's challenge.  Make sure you check out the Daring Bakers' Blogroll to see how everyone else enjoyed these chocolately treats.

Chocolate Pavlovas with Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse
from Chocolate Epiphany by Francois Payard
Printable PDF Recipe

Recipe 1: Chocolate Meringue (for the chocolate Pavlova):

3 large egg whites
½ cup plus 1 tbsp (110 grams) white granulated sugar
¼ cup (30 grams) confectioner’s (icing) sugar
1/3 cup (30 grams) cocoa powder


1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 200º F (95º C) degrees. Line two baking sheets with silpat or parchment and set aside.

2. Put the egg whites in a bowl and whip until soft peaks form. Increase speed to high and gradually add granulated sugar about 1 tbsp at a time until stiff peaks form. (The whites should be firm but moist.)

3. Sift the confectioner’s sugar and cocoa powder over the egg whites and fold the dry ingredients into the white. (This looks like it will not happen. Fold gently and it will eventually come together.)

4. Fill a pastry bag with the meringue. Pipe the meringue into whatever shapes you desire. Alternatively, you could just free form your shapes and level them a bit with the back of a spoon. (Class made rounds, hearts, diamonds and an attempt at a clover was made!)

5. Bake for 2-3 hours until the meringues become dry and crisp. Cool and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe 2: Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse (for the top of the Pavlova base):

1 ½ cups (355 mls) heavy cream (cream with a milk fat content of between 36 and 40 percent)
grated zest of 1 average sized lemon
9 ounces (255 grams) 72% chocolate, chopped
1 2/3 cups (390 mls) mascarpone (you can easily make your own at home for a fraction of the cost! recipe here)
pinch of nutmeg
2 tbsp (30 mls) Grand Marnier (or orange juice)


1. Put ½ cup (120 mls) of the heavy cream and the lemon zest in a saucepan over medium high heat. Once warm, add the chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and let sit at room temperature until cool.

2. Place the mascarpone, the remaining cup of cream and nutmeg in a bowl. Whip on low for a minute until the mascarpone is loose. Add the Grand Marnier and whip on medium speed until it holds soft peaks. (DO NOT OVERBEAT AS THE MASCARPONE WILL BREAK.)

3. Mix about ¼ of the mascarpone mixture into the chocolate to lighten. Fold in the remaining mascarpone until well incorporated. Fill a pastry bag with the mousse. Again, you could just free form mousse on top of the pavlova.

Recipe 3: Mascarpone Cream (for drizzling):

1 recipe crème anglaise
½ cup (120 mls) mascarpone (you can easily make your own at home for a fraction of the cost! recipe here)
2 tbsp (30 mls) Sambucca (optional)
½ cup (120 mls) heavy cream


1. Prepare the crème anglaise. Slowly whisk in the mascarpone and the Sambucca and let the mixture cool. Put the cream in a bowl and beat with electric mixer until very soft peaks are formed. Fold the cream into the mascarpone mixture.

Recipe 4: Crème Anglaise (a component of the Mascarpone Cream above):

1 cup (235 mls) whole milk
1 cup (235 mls) heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 large egg yolks
6 tbsp (75 grams) sugar


1. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture turns pale yellow.
2. Combine the milk, cream and vanilla in a saucepan over medium high heat, bringing the mixture to a boil. Take off the heat.

3. Pour about ½ cup of the hot liquid into the yolk mixture, whisking constantly to keep from making scrambled eggs. Pour the yolk mixture into the pan with the remaining cream mixture and put the heat back on medium. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens enough to lightly coat the back of a wooden spoon. DO NOT OVERCOOK.
4. Remove the mixture from the heat and strain it through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until the mixture is thoroughly chilled, about 2 hours or overnight.


  1. Your meringues look amazing! Well done :)

  2. i'm with your husband on this one! i could eat all that chocolate in one serving :)

  3. I could possibly try and see if those are too sweet for me? If you need help ha ha I am fond of bittersweet chocolate so I couldn't say. Either way they are elaborate and gorgeous! What a fancy dessert. Perfecto!

  4. Very beautiful! I am with you, though... everything together was a little too rich for my tastes!

  5. Beautifully done. I thought the mascarpone mousse was a good match with the meringues, since it wasn't as sweet and rich as my usual chocolate mousse.

  6. This looks gorgeous and like it would be a chocolate lovers dream come true.

  7. chocolate mascarpone mousse? that'll do it for me, no pavlova required. :)

  8. Being a vanilla person myself I think it's safe to say this isn't for me but it's certainly an impressive looking dessert. And I agree, fruit would have greatly improved this. :) So would leaving out the chocolate and adding lots of vanilla, ha-ha! :)

  9. Ahh yummy! This seems perfect for me, I'm sure it won't be overkill!