This is exactly what it sounds like: chocolate mousse flavored with spruce tip syrup. Just using spruce tips simmered a bit with water isn’t going to cut it though, for the flavor of spruce to overcome the chocolate you’ll either want to make a slow sun syrup using equal parts by volume of brown, natural sugar with spruce tips or another conifer product, like needles or pine cones.
To make the slow sun syrup, leave the sugar and spruce tips out on the counter for a few weeks until the sugars melt, then heat the mixture with a small amount of water, just to help melt the sugar, and simmer for 15 minutes, then strain and store.
For a quick syrup, that is a substitute for above method (the flavor is weaker, but passable) see my caramelized spruce tip syrup recipe here. You can also substitute maple syrup, cooked down by 25% and cooled.
Spruce Chocolate Mousse
- 5 ounces unsweetened chocolate chopped
- 1 ounce unsalted butter
- 3 large eggs separated
- 8 ounces heavy cream
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons caramelized spruce syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Whisk the egg yolks and ¼ cup of the spruce syrup over a double boiler until doubled in volume, then reserve. Combine the whites with the 2 tablespoons of syrup and whisk in a double boiler until soft peaks form, then remove from the heat and whisk to full volume by hand.
- In a separate bowl, whip the cream to soft peaks and reserve.
- Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler, then mix with the egg yolk mixture.
- Fold ¼ of the beaten egg whites into the egg yolk-chocolate mixture until combined, then mix in the rest.
- Finally, gently fold in the cream until just incorporated.
- Put the mixture into a piping bag with a fluted tip, then pipe into dishes and chill until ready to serve. It can also be scooped with a disher or scoon dipped in hot water.