Decadent dark chocolate mousse
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Decadent chocolate mousse

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For dark chocolate lovers. Rich, creamy, decadent chocolate mousse makes a sweet ending to a special dinner.

A rich and creamy dark chocolate treat.
A rich and creamy dark chocolate treat.

Nothing says Valentine’s day than rich delicious chocolate mousse. It is rich, velvety and very chocolaty. If you’re a dark chocolate fan, you’ll love this. It was a bit too rich for my kids. I think they enjoyed eating the whipped cream topping and sprinkles I added on top for decoration more than the actual mousse. It doesn’t need any extra whipped cream on top, but they thought that was extra special and fun.

My husband and I on the other hand, loved it. It makes a great end to a wonderful dinner party. Because it makes six full servings and it’s very rich, the next time I make this, I would cut the recipe in half for four small servings.

Make your sweetheart something special for dessert.

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 large egg yolks
4 tbsp sugar, divided (2 tbsp, 2 tbsp)
2 cups heavy cream, divided (3/4 cup, 1 ¼ cup)
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Do not allow the water to touch the bottom of the bowl the chocolate is in. I used Ghirardelli chocolate because I like the flavor. Use any brand you prefer.

Melting the chocolate.
Melting the chocolate.

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, 2 tablespoons sugar and ¾ cup heavy cream. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until the mixture coats the back of the spoon (about 3 – 4 minutes.) Watch carefully that the mixture does not boil. Remove from heat, then whisk in the melted chocolate and vanilla. Strain into a bowl and set aside until it cools. With an electric mixer, beat the remaining heavy cream with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar until stiff peaks form. Stir about 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cooled chocolate custard mixture. Gently fold in the rest of the whipped cream.

Folding in the whipped cream.
Folding in the whipped cream.

Spoon into pretty serving dishes and chill covered for at least 30 minutes. Make these a day ahead if you are holding a dinner party. Remove from the fridge a few minutes prior to serving. Serve at room temperature.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Decadent chocolate mousse

For dark chocolate lovers. Rich, creamy, decadent chocolate mousse makes a sweet ending to a special dinner.

  • 4 tbsp sugar (divided (2 tbsp, 2 tbsp))
  • 2 cups heavy cream (divided (3/4 cup, 1 ¼ cup))
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate (melted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Do not allow the water to touch the bottom of the bowl the chocolate is in. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, 2 tablespoons sugar and ¾ cup heavy cream. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until the mixture coats the back of the spoon (about 3 – 4 minutes.) Watch carefully that the mixture does not boil. Remove from heat, then whisk in the melted chocolate and vanilla. Strain into a bowl and set aside until it cools. With an electric mixer, beat the remaining heavy cream with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar until stiff peaks form. Stir about 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cooled chocolate custard mixture. Gently fold in the rest of the whipped cream. Spoon into serving dishes and chill covered for at least 30 minutes. Remove from fridge a few minutes prior to serving. Serve at room temperature.
Can be made a day ahead and kept refrigerated until 30 minutes prior to serving.

 

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