I recently told you that I’m a news addict and have been far before I should have even been watching the news. I watch both local and national news, and at one time a few years ago I wanted to be a news anchor. I imagined sitting at that anchor desk, relaying the day’s top stories to my loyal viewers. Sharing some lighter stories and fun moments with said viewers as well, joking with my co-anchor, the weatherman, and the sports anchor. It seemed like such a fun and glamorous job.
But then, I started thinking about the odd hours they have to work. I’m not sure what’s worse: the morning shift that has one getting up at three in the morning, or the late night shift that leaves you driving home at midnight. Either way, it’s kind of crazy and didn’t seem like a lot of fun. Add to that the fact that pretty much everyone has to start at the bottom. I’m not the girl that’s going to move to rural Wyoming and report on whatever happens in rural Wyoming. And it’s a pretty cutthroat industry. Even locally, anchors are constantly being moved around from time slot to time slot, station to station, and some have been demoted or fired because someone who could increase ratings became available. I can barely take it when Foodgawker rejects my photos. How am I supposed to deal with that?
The reason I wanted to be a news anchor was that I loved watching it and Ioved the people I watched. They were there giving me the news day in and day out, often providing a good news story or a laugh on even the hardest days. In the midst of my news anchor phase, I actually had the opportunity to spend the day at my favorite local news station WDIV Local 4 here in Detroit.
I followed news anchor Ruth Spencer around all day. I met reporters and anchors and was more than a little star struck. Some of the people I met still work there, but since it’s been about nine years since I was there, most are gone. I saw a lot of editing being done, which wasn’t the most fascinating, but one of the editors was incredibly kind to me. The production meeting may have been the most interesting part of the day, as reporters pitched stories, talked about sources, and the producer decided which stories would be on live and which would be taped.
To round out my day, I watched the five and six o’clock newscasts from inside the studio. A rather large room with many cameras and lights, there was the main anchor desk, the weather green screen, and a seating area for more casual news banter. Just outside of the studio was the control room. Being in there was a great experience, as the director threw to different cameras and people and told when to put graphics and text on the screen. It was pretty awesome. I have tons of pictures and autographs to remember the day, and I remember most of it very vividly. It was a great opportunity and I am still thankful the station allowed me to come.
At the end of the day, I was exhausted. I’m not sure I have ever been more tired in my life. And if that happened now, I’d probably make this White Chocolate Mousse. In fact, I made it because I wanted a really easy to make dessert that was kind of light. And this fits the bill perfectly. Some melted white chocolate gets folded into whipped cream, it’s chilled, and dessert is served. I had to use the white baking chips because they do not contain cocoa, but if you are not allergic to chocolate like me, feel free to use some higher quality white chocolate, it will probably taste even better.
The end result is completely delicious. The texture is light, airy, and creamy and that white chocolate sweetness comes through wonderfully. Both the smell and flavor are intoxicating and will leave you wanting to eat the whole bowl, maybe while watching the news.Print
White Chocolate Mousse
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 4 1x
- 1 cup white baking chips
- 1 cup heavy cream, divided
- In a medium microwave safe bowl, combine chips and 2 tablespoons of cream. Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between to promote melting, until fully melted. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In a large bowl, whip heavy cream to stiff peaks using a hand mixer on low to medium speed. Do not over mix or it will turn into butter.
- Add 1/3 of the whipped cream into the white chocolate mixture and fold in with a rubber spatula. Once folded in, pour that mixture into the remainder of the heavy cream and fold in until combined. Be gentle or it will deflate. Place into serving vessels. I used 2 wine glasses and 2 small glass bowls. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. Serve cold. This recipe may not be frozen and is best eaten the day it is made.
Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
- Prep Time: 30 mins
luv what you do says
The BOY and I LOVE mousse! But we’ve never even tried white chocolate. I can’t believe how easy this is. What a great recipe!!
I wasn’t so sure if I’d like it because it seemed to easy to be true, but this is really fantastic! Thanks, Jen!
Wow, Laura, this is just gorgeous! It’s so elegant that it’s hard to believe it’s so easy.
How funny, I wanted to be in international broadcast journalist because I thought it was so glamorous, But, I’m sure, just like you said, that it would be absolutely exhausting and less glamorous than we imagine.
But, it’s great that we have an outlet for our journalistic skills through our blogs! LOL! Have a wonderful weekend!
Blogging is definitely the way of the journalistic future! Thanks, Susan!
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
Mmm I love white chocolate. I bet I would kill this mousse.
Thanks, Erin! Yeah, this mousse goes down very easily, as it’s so light, but then you realize you just ate a ton of heavy cream and aren’t even full!
Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says
I can barely take the rejection from fg and ts too! 🙁 But this mousse would cheer me up I am sure. I love how easy mousse is just whip up some cream and fold in what you want! LOVE! This mousse sounds divine and I love the blueberry additions! YUM
This mousse makes the rejection all better 😉 The blueberries add a little tartness against the sweet mousse. This is very versatile as you said, you could add chocolate chips, cinnamon, pb . . . anything! Thanks, Elizabeth!
Watching the news and eating this mousse sound the best thing ever right now!
This mousse would make all the bad news stories at least a little better, right? Thanks, Elizabeth!
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
OMG how fun for you! And I love how simple and elegant this white chocolate mousse recipe is!
Thanks, Kayle! This recipe is very elegant and would impress anyone!
Paula @ Vintage Kitchen says
Glamorous vs. reality of many jobs is very interesting to see first-hand. A two ingredient white chocolate mousse is a great recipe! Nice one Laura
I agree that many jobs look much more glamorous than they are. Even acting, perhaps the most glamorous looking job of all, has it’s issues. Thanks, Paula!
What a fun day to see all the details of a newscast! And, this would be a perfect dessert for a busy day. I love white chocolate. this looks like billowy heaven!
It was very fun to see all that goes into a newscast. You don’t realize everything it takes just watching on TV. Thanks, Lisa!
Wow! This is really good.
Thanks! Glad you liked it 🙂
Debbie Eccard says
This is an easy one that I will definitely try as I love Mousse! And we have found a house with a wonderful kitchen so I will have no excuses except for the recipes that require a food processor. May have to buy one for down here.
You will have no problems making this mousse, Debbie. You should really invest in a food processor. They aren’t that expensive and you’ll be shocked at how much you use it.
sally @ sallys baking addiction says
i LOVE mousse!! And now… I must go try making white chocolate mousse. Amazing Laura!
You will love this mousse, Sally! Thanks for the kind words, as always 🙂
Beautiful! I love the blueberries on top.
Thanks, Emily! The blueberries are a great addition.
I love white chocolate!:)
White chocolate is super yummy! Thanks, Dzi!
my heavy whipping cream is on the verge of its expiration date and this one looks like one of the easiest uses of a heavy cream. i’m going to make this right now with dark chocolate though; not a fan of white choc.
I made this for the same reason. It’s the perfect use for expiring cream. Dark chocolate will work perfectly!
jen jen says
Can I use milk chocolate with this recipe ?
You can absolutely use milk chocolate, Jen Jen! I hope you like the recipe 🙂
Debbie Eccard says
What a great and easy dessert! I love mousse of any kind too! Yes, I know what you mean about the crummy jobs you have to do before you get to the anchor desk, if you ever do. I think of some of the reporters driving the roads while it is snowing, icy and dangerous. And the ones who are out in the field at all hours of the day. Love the comfort of home for working……