I fluffed this ish up! Is it a cheese cake? Is it a mousse? Who cares! Its delightful. You should make the mousse many hours ahead so it can set.
For the mousse its Julia child’s recipe. She was a saint.
6oz semi sweet or dark chocolate
6 oz butter
1/4 cup brewed coffee
4 large eggs, separated
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons dark rum
1 tablespoon water
A pinch of salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Melt together the butter, chocolate, and coffee, and mix it together until smooth. You can use a double boiler or a microwave. But you’ll be using that double broiler again in a hot minute so.. do you friend.
In a bowl over the double boiler, whisk together the egg yokes sugar, and rum and water until it thickens to tiny mayo, about 3 minutes.
Remove it from the heat, and place the bowl over another bowl of ice water, whisk it until it once again, thickens, and fold in the chocolate.
Next whisk your egg whites with the salt until they start to hold their shape and add in a tablespoon of sugar, and continue whisking until their shiny and peaks form. But not stiff peaks, and add in the vanilla.
Finally, fold the the whites into the chocolate until just combined, and pop it in the fridge to set for about 4 hours.
For the crust
1 1/2 cups of Graham cracker crumbs
5 tbs melted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
Preheat your oven to 350. Mix together the brown sugar, melted butter and Graham crack crumbs. Press into a spring form pan and bake for 10 minutes. Then set it aside to cool completely.
For the cream cheese layer
8 oz Cream cheese
8 oz maracapone
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup chocolate shavings? Tiny chocolate chips? Crushed chocolate ribbons? Pick your poison
Combine the cream cheese, mascarpone and sugar. Add the tiny chips after everything is well mixed.
Putting it together
After the crust has cooled, put down the chocolate layer first, filling the pie crust about halfway. Then do the cream cheese layer, about the same amount. I like to decorate mine with chocolate crisp pearls, the chocolate ribbons and edible gold dust to be super fancy, or you can just smother it with whip cream, your call. Those things are just sitting in my cupboard..
Possum pie is something you bring to the potluck when you are mad at the people attending. Mink pie is something made with love, and dressed to impress, that shouldn’t sit out on a potluck table for many hours, because it will probably kinda just melt into itself.