This weekend marks a big occasion for one of my blogging buddies - Kate at Food Babbles is celebrating three years of blogging. (Which in blog years is the equivalent of, like, 10 years.)
So Kate and a few of us other bloggers got together to do what you normally do when someone hits a big milestone... we decided to celebrate!
We thought about getting a cake, but that seemed like too much hassle, so we decided to pool our funds and host a little celebratory giveaway instead - meaning one lucky reader is about to get a seriously sweet blogoversary present. (Kate, on the other hand, just gets our admiration and best wishes.)
And what might that present be? A shiny new KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer in a colour of their choice, that's what.
If you're wondering if a stand mixer is really as awesome and life-changing as it's cracked up to be, I'm going to assure you that yes, it is all that and more. I use mine to make dough for cookies and biscotti, whip eggs whites for meringues, knead dough for bread and buns and doughnuts, and so much more.
(And that's not counting all the cool attachments you can add, which turn it into an ice cream maker, meat grinder, sausage stuffer, pasta press and even a flour mill. This is a serious machine, my friends.)
In case that's not inspiration enough, I figured I'd share a recipe that takes advantage of the stand mixer's ability to whip cream into fluffy peaks in no time flat.
In this case, I've turned those fluffy peaks into a base for a lovely airy mousse inspired by my addiction to Vietnamese iced coffee (or, as I sometimes call it, rocket fuel), which is made by combining strong black coffee with sweetened condensed milk.
It's a perfect celebratory dessert - ridiculously simple, decadently rich, and deliciously sweet.
But enough about the mousse.... I know why you're really here. You'll find all the giveaway details and the entry form at the bottom of the post. And once you're done with that, please drop by Kate's blog to congratulate her. :)
Vietnamese Coffee Mousse
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 4 1x
Vietnamese coffee gets its distinctive flavour from sweetened condensed milk. This recipe turns that classic pairing into a light, creamy mousse that's as easy to make as it is delicious to eat.
- ¼ cup warm water
- 1 ½ tbsp instant espresso powder
- 1 packet (1 tbsp) unflavored gelatin
- ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
- In a small bowl, combine the warm water and espresso powder, and stir until the espresso dissolves. Sprinkle the gelatin overtop and let stand for 5 minutes to soften.
- In a small saucepan set over low heat, heat the condensed milk and vanilla together for 5 minutes. Stir in the gelatin mixture, and continue cooking until the gelatin dissolves, about 1-2 minutes longer. Remove from heat and let stand for a few minutes to come down to room temperature.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream to soft peaks. Gently fold in the cooled coffee mixture, then spoon into 4 serving dishes and chill for at least 1 hour to allow the gelatin to set. Serve chilled.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 5 mins
- Category: Dessert
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe. Have made this numerous times.Thanks for sharing!
Barbara | Creative Culinary says
Love this simple dessert and what else I love. That mixer. Mine is 28 years old and still going strong (fingers crossed) but I've been living with friends WAITING for a new home to be done after I sold mine. So...my friend could almost be called a non cook. Every appliance is from her wedding. 32 years ago. Not kidding.
So she told me I didn't need to bring my mixer and I was shocked to find her idea of a mixer was a very old handheld. OK, maybe I'm spoiled but I died. Luckily my daughter has a stand mixer and I've been going to her condo to make and photograph everything for my blog since she has the appliances I need. She has the larger KA mixer and I hate it. I want mine back...lifting the head out of the bowl is just so much more my cup of tea. This was a very lucky winner and I am too...making this mousse today!
I love being in the kitchen, so if I win there will be even more baking than usual! With the holidays coming, it is cookies and macarons making time!! Your Spicy ginger chew looks good though; a will definitely give that a try!!~
teresa sulyok says
mmmm these are a combo many of my favorite things!
The first thing I'd make would be a yummy coffee and walnut cake - mmm mmm!! As for the coffee mousse - I think I might try it this weekend! I Hope I've done what I need to enter this competition - I would LOVE one of those mixers.
Thanks for the chance,
I just got to go visit my brother in Vietnam... and try coffee in Hanoi! It was phenomenal. Sooo, this recipe would be one of the first things to make. Brownies would probably be a close second, there's an ooey gooey recipe I've been wanting to try for awhile now!
I adore Iced Vietnamese coffee made by my favorite coffee shop, so the first things is the mousse. And then I'd make a loaf of fresh, home made bread. My existing stand mixer has rusty bent blades and the motor smokes. Definitely time for a replacement!!
Hannah shim says
I would make a huge batch of buttery and airy pound cake! My arm would definitely rest easy as the mixer whips the eggs whites into stiff peaks instead.
Jenny L. says
I'd try to make this mousse!
That mousse looks SO amazing - I would so want to try this recipe! :)
Oh, man! That mousse looks amazing. My body was twitching as I was reading the recipe and I had all the ingredients until I got to the heavy cream. What a sad I has :(
That looks delicious. I would definately try that mousse.
Kate | Food Babbles says
Holy moly, that is some fine looking mousse you've got there!! I've never had vietnamese coffee before but I think I really need to change that. The even more dangerous thing? I have all the ingredients to make this mousse in my kitchen cabinet right now and a day off tomorrow. Whoo hoo! Thank you so much for celebrating my 3rd blogiversary with me today and for this awesome recipe.
I would make Milk Bar's corn cookies.
I would make pizza dough with the mixer
First thing I will make is this coffee mousse with pound cake a close second! What a great way to celebrate.
paula h says
Can't wait to try the mousse!
paula h says
This Vietnamese Coffee mousse looks wonderful!
If I won the mixer I'd make croissants!
Ice cream for breakfast?