Chocolate Mousse

This past Sunday my wonderful husband turned 34!  To celebrate he wanted to have dinner at home, so I let him pick the menu.  Of course he picked Mexican so his birthday menu consisted of nachos, Tex-Mex Chicken with Chiles and Cheese and his favorite, chocolate mousse.  We kept the food simple and delicious.

With simple and delicious being my main focus I picked a dessert that could be made ahead of time.  To add a little somethin’ somethin’, I took a slice of poundcake and spread some strawberry butter (that I got from the Amish market) and then put a scoop of chocolate mousse on top.  The result was uh-mazing!  The buttery poundcake with the rich chocolate and the hint of strawberries was a perfect combination.

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Chocolate Mousse

Recipe from: Epicurious

Ingredients:

Chocolate Mousse:
2 cups chilled heavy cream
4 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
7 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped

Strawberry Butter or Jam
Poundcake cut into slices (I used the frozen Sara Lee brand)
Strawberries for garnish

Directions:

Heat 3/4 cup cream in a 1-quart heavy saucepan until hot. Whisk together yolks, sugar, and a pinch of salt in a metal bowl until combined well, then add hot cream in a slow stream, whisking until combined. Transfer mixture to saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until it registers 160°F on thermometer. Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and stir in vanilla.

Melt chocolate in a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water (or in a glass bowl in a microwave at 50 percent power 3 to 5 minutes), stirring frequently. Whisk custard into chocolate until smooth, then cool.

Beat remaining 1 1/4 cups cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks. Whisk one fourth of cream into chocolate custard to lighten, then fold in remaining cream gently but thoroughly.

To assemble:

Take a slice of poundcake and spread the strawberry butter/jam on one side. Top with the chocolate mousse and garnish with fresh strawberries.

3 Responses to “Chocolate Mousse”

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    Candy — April 3, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    Looks Devine! Ever see the no cream recipe? Crazy but true! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZREq9dRTo4

    • Marisol replied: — April 3rd, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

      Wow!! That is very cool. Have you ever tried it? I’m curious on how it taste.

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    Dawn — April 4, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    Yum! Girl, where do you find the time????? 🙂

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