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Recipe Friday: Chocolate Mousse (Enjoy, It’s The Holidays!)

Posted on: December 24, 2010

Hey, let’s indulge for a weekend! (And if you’re really concerned, just have a smaller serving.) But this, folks, is the real deal. Good-quality chocolate, simple ingredients, go together relatively quickly to make a really good, creamy, dense mousse. Christmas and birthdays are the few times a year that I give myself license to indulge, for what fun would life be if we were constantly “good”?

And this is a great recipe for doing so. Feel free to add flavorings such as espresso or any liqueur, but as Mark Bittman says, it’s the simple intensity of the chocolate that makes this one special—and I thoroughly agree! The first time I made this one, I took it to a dinner party, and everyone was swooning!

With no further ado…

Chocolate Mousse
from How to Cook Everything

2 tbsp unsalted butter
4 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 eggs, separated
¼ c sugar
½ c cream
½ tsp vanilla extract

1. Use a double boiler or a small saucepan over low heat to melt the butter and chocolate together. Just before the chocolate finishes melting, remove it from the stove and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.

2. Transfer the chocolate mixture to a bowl and beat in the egg yolks with a whisk. Refrigerate.

3. Beat the egg whites with half the sugar until the hold stiff peaks but are not dry. Set aside. Beat the cream with the remaining sugar and the vanilla until it holds soft peaks.

4. Stir a couple of spoonfuls of the whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it a bit, then fold in the remaining whites thoroughly but gently. Fold in the cream and refrigerate until chilled. Serve within a day or two.

That is……… if it lasts a day or two!

Enjoy your Christmas with your friends and family! We’re tucking in here up in Seattle for a fabulous day of good food and good music tomorrow. If you’re doing anything exciting and out of the ordinary, I’d love to hear about it! (And if you’re doing the ordinary… hey, you’re just like me, in good company!) Peace and love to everyone!

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