Monday, December 18, 2006

Chocolate Mint Mousse

This is a recipe I took from I made it last year for a potluck, and it disappeared in about 10 minutes. My advice: if you are taking this to a potluck, take two. I made it in one large bowl instead of stemmed glasses.


1 1/3 cups heavy cream
Pinch of salt
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies


Heat 1/3 cup cream in a saucepan over low heat until hot. Whisk in chocolate with a pinch of salt until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Beat remaining cup cream with peppermint extract in another bowl until it just holds soft peaks. Add cooled chocolate mixture and beat until mousse just holds stiff peaks. Fold in 1/4 cup candy and spoon into 4 stemmed glasses,or a nice serving dish, then sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup candy. Chill until cold, about 1 hour.

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