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Chocolate Mousse

Cuisinart original

Chocolate mousse is light and airy, do not be fooled – this is incredibly rich! If you want smaller portions, use smaller cups, like espresso cups. This can also be piped with a pastry bag to make the perfect presentation.

Ingredients

6          ounces (about 1 cup) semisweet chocolate, chopped or chips

4          large egg yolks

4          tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

            Pinch kosher salt

½         teaspoon espresso powder

2          tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and room temperature

1          cup heavy cream

1          teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Nutritional information

Nutritional information per serving (4 ounces):

Calories 447 (58% from fat) • carb. 32g • sugars 28g • pro. 4g • fat 34g • sat. fat 21g

• chol. 224mg • sod. 39mg • calc. 29mg • fiber 2g

Instructions

1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. 2. While chocolate is heating, put the yolks, 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the salt into a medium mixing bowl. Using the whisk attachment, select Speed 2 and whisk, gradually increasing to Speed 4, until lightened, about 1½ minutes. Add the espresso powder and whisk on Speed 4 until combined. Reserve. 3. Once the chocolate has just melted, add the butter and, still using the whisk attachment, whisk on Speed 2 until butter is completely incorporated. Add the egg yolk/sugar mixture and whisk on Speeds 3 and 4 until completely combined. Once combined, continue to whisk over the double boiler for 1 minute to ensure the eggs have reached a safe, cooked temperature (if you have a thermometer, you want to have the mixture be 160°F). Remove bowl from the heat and reserve until cool to the touch. 4. While the chocolate is cooling, put the heavy cream, vanilla and remaining sugar into a medium to large mixing bowl. Using the whisk attachment (no need to clean it from the previous task – a quick rinse is fine if desired), whisk, starting on Speed 1 and gradually increasing to Speed 5 to reach medium-stiff peaks. This will take about 2½ minutes. Take about one-third of the whipped cream and stir into the chocolate mixture to lighten, and then with a large spatula, fold the remaining whipped cream into the mixture until there are no streaks visible. 5. Divide among five custard cups (about 4 ounces each). Cover and chill until fully set, minimum 2 hours. These will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.