Monday, January 21, 2008

Heavenly Chocolate Mousse

My absolute favorite thing about the Internet is being able to find a recipe for ANYTHING I am craving at ANY moment. It's awesome. I've been wanting creamy chocolate, so chocolate mousse was the perfect thing! This was really good and really easy and hit the spot! It looks kind of fancy, too, so that's fun. Apparently, you can use it in a pie, but I like it with lightly sweet whipped cream on top. Beware: it's really rich (but really good).

8 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (or 1 1/3 cups chocolate chips)
1/2 cup water, divided
2 T. butter (no substitutes)
3 egg yolks
2 T. sugar
1 1/4 cups whipping cream, whipped (no sugar)

1. In a microwave or double boiler, heat chocolate, 1/4 cup water and butter until the chocolate and butter are melted. (I did chocolate chips in the microwave according to the package directions and then added the water and butter after it was all melted.)

2. Cool for 10 minutes.

3. In a small, heavy saucepan, whisk egg yolks, sugar, and remaining water. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160 degrees F, about 1-2 minutes. (I didn't test the temp.)

4. Remove egg yolks from heat and whisk in chocolate mixture.

5. Set saucepan in ice or cold water and stir until cooled, about 5-10 minutes.

6. Fold in whipped cream.

7. Spoon into dessert dishes.

8. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.