Chocolate Mousse with Pistachio Brittle and Raspberries by Chef Omar Allievi

4/6 servings

For raspberry coulis:
2 cups Raspberries
½ cup Sugar
3 ½ tablespoons Water
For pistachio brittle:
1 cup Natural Pistachio granules
¼ cup Cane sugar
For chocolate mousse:
10 ½ ounces Fresh cream
10 ½ 70% Dark chocolate
1/6 cup Icing sugar


For raspberry coulis: Place raspberries in a saucepan with water and sugar and bring to boil over a low heat. Cook for 5 minutes and blend. Sieve to remove any seeds. For pistachio brittle: Toast pistachio granules in a non-stick pan over a medium heat, tossing frequently so that they brown evenly. While continuing to toss pan, sprinkle in sugar until it melts and coats the pistachio granules.
Pour granules onto a surface, trying to separate all the pieces of pistachio. Let cool and keep in a warm, dry place. For chocolate mousse: Melt chocolate in a bain marie pan and heat to 90°F. Whip cream with icing sugar until firm. When chocolate has cooled, add to whipped cream in two stages. Put mixture in a pastry bag, close and refrigerate. To assemble dish: assemble dish in big, clear glasses if possible. Alternate layers of chocolate mousse with pistachios and raspberry coulis. Decorate mousse with whole raspberries and a sprig of mint.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!