While watching Celeste and Jesse Forever the other day, I thought about the joy that comes from letting people into our life. Even if we feel as though we are failing in every avenue or being taught a lesson the hard way, a person may come along who may invigorate and help us through it in some way by just being a stranger to us and our history.
Celeste ended up at a salsa bar, surprised at this new person who she had been weary of and it was the kind of night she needed in dealing with a tough situation (sorry, this is not intended as a movie review), but what this reconfirmed is that when a stranger comes into our lives, it’s best not to hold everything back, but rather let them in a little, they may surprise us. Something I’ve had proven a number of times over the last few years. The best thing to do is enjoy the ride of where they may take you, you might have fun not worrying about making a good impression, but simply being who you are.
Making this peanut butter mousse was simply another way to serve a food my friend has a passion and love for. This could easily be replaced with any other nut, but peanut butter is so readily available and you want it as pure as possible so the additional flavors are layered into the star ingredient.
Also, the baskets are all about being rustic, so don’t fret too much if they don’t look too perfect or small pieces break off the sides, they’ll be gone before anyone can make a comment. You also want a really good quality white chocolate that isn’t sickeningly sweet.
White Chocolate Baskets with Peanut Butter Mousse
Serves 6 (single serve only)
100 grams white chocolate
1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons superfine/caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup whipped cream
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
Drizzle the cooled chocolate over the bottom of a cellophane lined muffin tin, ensuring the base is well covered. Continue with the remaining chocolate. Place in the refrigerator for a minimum 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, place the peanut butter, coconut oil, sugar and salt into a pot over low heat and stir until the oil has melted and the mixture is warmed through. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
Spoon the peanut butter mixture into the whipped cream and fold through until well combined.
Spoon tablespoonfuls into the white chocolate baskets.
Serve with a little shaved chocolate.