Tuesday's Treat: Dark Chocolate Mousse
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 6
A rich dark chocolate mousse. Elegant and delicious.
  • 4 oz dark chocolate (I used Hershey's Special Dark Chips)
  • ⅛ tsp instant coffee (I used Starbucks Via)
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1.5 T water
  • 1T Amaretto* (Grand Marnier or vanilla extract)
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 3 T sugar
  1. Melt chocolate and coffee in microwave, 30 second intervals, until smooth (do not overheat)
  2. Whisk egg yolks and water continuously on top of a double boiler (over a pot of simmering water) just until it looks as though the egg is starting to slightly stick to the sides of the bowl (about 5 minutes). Let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Whisk heavy cream. 1.5 T of sugar and amaretto in a mixing bowl, with wire whip attachment, on high speed, until medium stiff peaks appear (about 5 minutes). Once finished, transfer into another bowl.
  4. Combine eggs and chocolate (if the chocolate seems a little lumpy, add a little heated heavy cream to smoothen it out)
  5. Using double boiler method, heat egg whites until 160 degrees fahrenheit, whisking occasionally (do not over-whisk).
  6. Transfer to mixing bowl and beat with wire whip attachment on high speed until medium peaks appear and the egg white has stiffened.
  7. Fold whipped egg whites into the chocolate mixture, gently. Do not stir, just continue to fold it in until fully incorporated.
  8. Repeat this folding-in process with the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture.
  9. Scoop into martini glasses or serving dish of your choice, and chill for at leadt 30 minutes.
  10. Garnish and serve.
Cook time is actually chill time in this recipe. You do all of your "cooking" during the prep work. *I researched and found that according to the Disaronno website, their amaretto contains no almonds, and is gluten and nut-free. It is apparently made from crushed apricot pits. However, please research this on your own if you are allergic to tree nuts and, if you would rather be on the safe side, you should just use vanilla extract in place of the amaretto.
Recipe by Jackie Ourman at http://jackieourman.com/tuesdays-treat-dark-chocolate-mousse/