The Daring Bakers Challenge - April 2011 - Maple Mousse in Bacon & Chocolate Bowls

Well, another month has passed by and its already time for another Daring Bakers' post. This month we weren't up to anything technically difficult, but it was definitely a crazy combination that not many of us had ever attempted (in a dessert any way). Funny how maple syrup with pancakes and bacon is a perfectly acceptable breakfast food (at least in Canada) yet the thought of pairing bacon with maple flavoured mousse seems weird! I will admit that the bacon bowls weren't my favorite and given the chance to make this dessert again I would likely opt for a different edible vessle, but I would definitely incorporate the bacon somehow. The rich saltiness of the bacon really offset the sweetness of the maple mousse.

The April 2011 challenge was hosted by Evelyne of the blog Cheap Ethnic Eatz. Evelyne chose to challenge everyone to make a maple mousse in an edible container. Prizes are being awarded for the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 27th to May 27th at the Daring Kitchen.

This month's challenge was really interesting and really showed how creative the Daring Bakers' can be!

I'm not going to share the bacon bowl technique with you because I wasn't overly impressed with the results, but the maple mousse was so decadent that I must share that recipe. It is super easy so I hope if you're a maple lover that you will give it a try. Be sure to use a high quality maple syrup in this recipe (not maple-flavoured syrup) or you won't have the same results. One other tip I have for you: the maple mousse is very sweet so serve it in small portions (think shot glass size) with something a little salty on top. The salty will counter the sweet to balance out the flavours so perfectly.

Maple Mousse

Recipe provided by Evelyne of Cheap Ethnic Eatz


  • 1 cup pure maple syrup

  • 4 large egg yolks

  • 1 pkg unflavoured gelatin

  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream


  1. Bring maple syrup to a boil then remove from heat.

  2. In a large bowl whisk the egg yolks and pour a little of the maple syrup in while whisking to temper your egg yolks.

  3. Add warmed egg yolks to the maple syrup and mix well.

  4. Measure 1/4 cup of the whipping cream into a bowl and sprinkle with the gelatin. Let stand for 5 minutes to soften the gelatin. Place bowl in the microwave and microwave for 45 seconds (taking out and stirring every 10 seconds). Whisk the gelatin mixture into the maple syrup mixture and set aside.

  5. Whisk occasionally for approximately an hour until the mixture has the consistency of an unbeaten raw egg white.

  6. Whip the remaining cream. Stir 1/4 of the whipped cream into the maple syrup mixture. Fold in the remaining whipped cream and refrigerate for at least one hour.

  7. Remove from fridge and divide equally among any edible (or non edible) containers of your choice.

I can't believe thats another Daring Bakers challenge all finished! Thank you Evelyne for the very interesting and inspiring challenge! I can't wait to see what next month has in store. :)


  1. Beautiful presentation - that mousse was great.

  2. I love the flavour combination of bacon and maple. I must be Canadian! Wonderful take on this.

  3. Beautiful presentation! I agree with you, the maple-bacon combo (first time ever for me) was really interesting!

  4. What beautiful cups! And that mousse looks pillowy soft and smooth. Lovely!

  5. So beautiful!! thank you for your visit and your nice comment! kouky

  6. looks lovely. Im sure it tasted fantastic!

  7. I love your presentation. Maple and bacon are a good combination, but I was a little wary of the bacon bowl, too. I did, however, have some of my leftover mousse on a waffle, sprinkled with bacon bits... :) Your mousse and bacon cups looks fantastic. Wonderful job on the challenge!

  8. Presentation is awesome!!
    Thanks for the comments on mine too!

  9. Thank you all so much for your kind words! It was a very interesting challenge this month! :)

  10. I like the earthy colours on your photos and it all looks so delicious

  11. You did a great job & were more adventurous than me! You're right, I just couldn't wrap my mind around using Bacon in a dessert. I agree - the mousse was heavenly.

  12. Great job Erin!! Fantastic pictures!!

  13. Thank you all so much!! You are so sweet. :)

  14. Congratulations on being brave enough to try the bacon-maple-combination! Your pictures look great :-)