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Carla Hall's Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse Carla Hall
Luscious Chocolate Mousse
skill level
Easy
time
30-60min
servings
6
cost
$
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Chocolate Mousse Recipe: The richness of bittersweet chocolate yields a velvety-smooth mousse.
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ingredients
  • 4 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Strong Coffee or Espresso
  • 2 Large Eggs (separated)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 6 tablespoons Granulated Sugar (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Almond Liqueur
  • Toasted Sliced Almonds (to garnish)
  • Chocolate Shavings for garnish
  • Whipped Cream for garnish
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  • 1
    4 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate (chopped)
    2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
    2 tablespoons Strong Coffee or Espresso
    2 Large Eggs (separated)
    2 tablespoons Almond Liqueur
    In a double boiler, melt the chocolate, butter, and espresso. Mix in the egg yolks, and then the almond liqueur. Cover, and set aside.
  • 2
    1/8 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
    6 tablespoons Granulated Sugar (divided)
    In a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, whip the egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy, then gradually add two tablespoons of sugar and continue to whip until stiff peaks form, yet the whites are still glossy and not dry. Set aside.
  • 3
    1 cup Heavy Cream
    1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 
    Whipped Cream for garnish
    In another bowl, whip the heavy cream, remaining sugar and vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Mix a few spoonfuls of the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture, and then gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture until thoroughly combined. Fold in half of the whipped cream.
  • 4
    Toasted Sliced Almonds (to garnish)
    Chocolate Shavings for garnish
    Serve with the remaining whipped cream and toasted almonds and chocolate shavings for garnish. Can be made a day ahead and chilled in the fridge.

    Helpful Tips:
    1. Carefully fold in the egg whites, rather than stirring, to acheive a light, airy mousse.
    2. Not a fan of liquor? No problem. Simply leave it out.
    3. To create chocolate shavings, warm the chocolate on the side of a pan to make it easier to shave.
     
 
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