My Chucks have a secret… Banana Rum Mousse

I have a secret
I’m dying to tell you all about it
but I can’t
dumb confidentiality agreement I signed
but I can tell you
these are the Chucks I was wearing
in Hollywood
on the set
 of a television show
when I met her (who looks way prettier in person than on TV)
there was sugar, glitter, chocolate, and marshmallows
I cooked, styled, wiped, and washed
I whisked, blended, and baked
behind the scenes
for them
we made them look like stars 
 it was fancy and glamorous
not my work station –  the sparkly set
I was in a warehouse next to the craft service prep table
I will tell you all about it as soon as it airs
I’ll give you all the sweet inside details
or can I ?
better check that confidentiality agreement
 I have another secret I can tell you
I eat a banana every morning
I blend it with spinach and whey protein
I know, not so glamorous
but sometimes I fall jump off the fitness wagon
and brulee bananas into something glitzy and glamorous
something more than just dessert…
Banana Rum Mousse 
inspired by them 
 Banana Rum Mousse

2 ripe bananas – peeled and pureed
1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
3 large eggs (Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs) separated – yolks from whites
3/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon of white granulated sugar – divided
1/4 cup light rum
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup cold heavy whipping cream

  • Peel and puree the bananas with lemon juice until very smooth and set aside.
  • In a very clean mixing bowl begin to whisk egg whites on low until foamy, then increase the speed to high, adding in slowly both the cream of tartar and 1 Tablespoon of sugar.
  • Whisk until stiff peaks form – about 3 – 4 minutes.  Set aside
  • Whisk heavy cream until stiff peaks form – about 3 minutes.  Set aside
  • Bring rum to a simmer and set aside.
  • In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment cream together on high the 3/4 cup of sugar and egg yolks until pale and creamy – about 4 minutes.
  • Reduce the speed and slowly drizzle in the hot rum.
  • Once the rum is completely combined turn up the mixer to high and mix for an additional 3 minutes. Scrape the sides down.
  • Reduce the speed and mix in the banana puree, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Mix until combined.
  • Gently fold in the egg whites in thirds until completely combined.
  • Gently fold in the whipped cream in thirds until completely combined.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6-8 hours. 
  • Serve cold with bruleed bananas, chocolate sauce or cookies.
  • This mousse is not stable enough to fill cakes and needs to be eaten within 24 hours. 

11 comments… add one
  • Kim June 2, 2011, 3:20 am

    What a fun, whimsical post! Very intrigued by Chuck's secret.

    Also impressed by your healthy breakfast.

    What are those little balls in your mousse? Beautiful dessert.

    [K]

  • Karen from Globetrotter Diaries June 2, 2011, 3:54 am

    mmm so gorgeous! LOVE the bruleed bananas. can we get some more clues??

  • Quyen - Kitchen Runway June 2, 2011, 6:46 am

    Louise…you're such a flirty tease 🙂 from the dripping chocolate in the first shot to the pools of chocolate on the plates to the lush bright red raspberries! 🙂 What a dessert (and tease!) Love it!

  • urban muser June 2, 2011, 1:02 pm

    ok, i am in love with the photo of your chucks–iphone? 🙂

    can't wait to hear more about your secret.

  • Nicole June 2, 2011, 1:26 pm

    Great post, and great pictures. I am dying to know who got the pleasure to hang out with you!!! Love the shoes and your blog. Keep them coming!

  • Lentil Breakdown June 2, 2011, 2:42 pm

    Hmmm, I'm thinking Miley Cyrus or Ru Paul. Come on, dish it, sister!

  • rashmi from yumkid.com June 2, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Yummy!… You had me hooked on "I have a secret". loved the post and loved the recipe. I love bananas….

  • Lana June 2, 2011, 10:35 pm

    I don't have a slightest idea who the celebrities are:) And Chucks always hold secrets!
    The recipe looks divine – I'd eat bruleed bananas any day instead that shake of yours (sorry:(

  • Cheri June 3, 2011, 12:28 am

    Look forward to seeing that show…when you can disclose it:) Love the photo's – I'll have to try this soon!

  • highplainsdrifters June 6, 2011, 4:52 pm

    A man can get by with three pairs of shoes: black wingtips, Chuck Taylors, and Red Wing work boots. Cheers!

  • Anonymous June 6, 2011, 8:26 pm

    Can't wait to try!

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