Heavenly Chocolate Mousse

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When I’m feeling in the mood for something sweet (which I am a lot), I run through the list of possibilities: cookies, brownies, ice cream, candy… I return to this chocolate mousse over and over.  It is rich and chocolaty and super satisfying.  You can eat just a spoonful at a time and spread out the happiness or you can more realistically just eat it in one sitting.

It is also very fancy! If you need something to impress any dukes or duchesses visiting your home, you can always resort to this recipe. It seems complicated to make, but it is actually pretty quick and easy.  There are a few pieces of kitchen equipment that will make it much easier: a double boiler and kitchen thermometer.  But you could squeak by without them and still succeed!

You might as well meet this member of our family.  He comes in handy ALL THE TIME.  I buy him in a 10 pound bar, and his life expectancy is close to a year.  It gives me comfort to know that I have the hugest bar of chocolate on hand at all times. I suggest everyone get ones.  It is like therapy.

    I'm one 1/3 what I used to be :(

I’m only 1/3 what I used to be :(

 

Heavenly Chocolate Mousse

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: Approximately 1/2 cup

Heavenly Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. high quality semi-sweet or dark chocolate
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Chop chocolate into small pieces. Place in microwave safe bowl with butter. Carefully melt chocolate by microwaving for 20 seconds, then removing and stirring. Repeat until most of chocolate is melted.Continue stirring until completely melted. Set aside
  2. Whip whipping cream to stiff peaks, set aside
  3. Whisk together egg yolks, sugar and water in the top of a double boiler. Place over simmering water. Whisk continuously until temperature reaches 160 or yolks thicken and coat the back of a spoon. Remove from top portion of double boiler and place on top of ice to stop the cooking. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Pass egg mixture through strainer to remove any yucky cooked egg bits. In a large bowl, mix together the egg and chocolate until completely incorporated. Fold in whipped cream.
  4. Spoon into bowls and chill for at least 4 hours before serving (if you can stand to wait!)
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