Bitter Chocolate and Vanilla Mousse
1320g cream 35% milk fat (any good quality, full fat thickened or double cream)
240g full cream milk
120g trimoline* or liquid glucose if unavailable
6 vanilla pods, seeds scraped
240g free range egg yolks (large sized eggs are approximately 55g, with an egg yolk of approximately 30g, so between 8-12 eggs, depending on the size eggs you use)
600g Valrhona Caraibe 70% or any good quality dark chocolate
4 gold gelatine sheets*, bloomed (soaked). You can use gelatine powder if sheets are unavailable (equivalent of 5g to one sheet)
*Available at any good gourmet grocer and delicatessen
Bring to the boil 290ml of the cream with the milk, trimoline and the vanilla seeds. Remove from the fridge and place in the fridge for 12 hours.
Whisk the remaining cream to soft peaks. Chop the chocolate into small pieces.
Whisk the yolks lightly and pour into the infused cream (remove the vanilla seeds before doing this). Over a low heat, cook to an anglaise (custard consistency), stirring constantly with a spatula, until it reaches 85 degrees. At that point it is ready to pour over the chocolate.
Place the mixture into a large bowl with the gelatine and homogenize using a hand blender until a smooth ganache is achieved. Fold in the whipped cream and pour into desired container and refrigerate until set.