Monday, July 2, 2012

Chocolate Mousse

While visiting friends and family in CA this past week, I had the opportunity to help my best friend with creating a meal for her team at work. She made Avocado Soup and a yummy Mango Chicken Sausage Couscous meal. I had no problem volunteering to make the dessert, since I love baking, but more importantly, I love chocolate and wanted to try some! :) We had a great time in the kitchen, chatting and listening to Pandora. Always a good time when we're together. 

Since she needed enough for 8-12 people, I doubled the recipe. It made plenty for her co-workers, plus some extra for little ole me. :) 

Chocolate Mousse

8 (1 oz) squares semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
(I used Trader Joe's 1 lb. Belgian chocolate bar with 70% cocoa - convenient since I doubled the recipe - it was the perfect amount!) 
1/2 cup water, divided
2 tbsp butter (no substitutes)
3 egg yolks
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped until soft peaks form

1. In a double broiler, melt chocolate, 1/4 cup water and butter, stirring constantly on low to medium heat. Cool for 10 minutes.

2. In a small saucepan, whisk egg yolks, sugar and remaining water. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160° F (about 2 minutes).

3. Remove from heat and whisk in chocolate mixture.

4. Set saucepan in ice and stir until cooled (about 5-10 minutes).

5. Fold in whipped cream.

6. Spoon into dessert dishes and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Notes: Get creative with toppings, especially if you're serving this for a group of people. Put whipped cream on top and either shave off a few pieces of the baking chocolate you have, or tap a little baking cocoa on top for decoration. My friend used fresh berries and almond slices for hers. The options are endless!

For the original recipe click here.

It was definitely delicious, and I'll surely make this again in the future. Maybe for a holiday party!

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