Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chocolate Mousse

When I was in college, I spent one semester living at the Sill Home Living Center on the University of Utah campus. It was the best experience I had while I was in college. I loved it. I lived there with my best friend, Sharon Hale. I learned a ton and had a lot of fun. Shortly after I lived there, they did away with the Home Living Center. Now it is just called, The Sterling W. Sill Building. One of Dallin's professors has her office in the building now. I think it is so sad. But I guess they think that the education we got there, is not neccessary in today's world.

A few months after we finished our semester there, all the girls that had lived there together, gathered for dinner. I was in charge of dessert. I made Chocolate Mousse. I never made it agian until Valentine's day this year. It was really good. Allan really liked it. I piped it into small heart shaped cups, I had made out of chocolate. They were quite pretty and delicious.

Chocolate Mousse

4 oz bar of high quality dark chocolate (Ghiradelli) Use 7 of the 8 squares (use last square as a garnish)

10 oz heavy whipping cream

¼ cup extra fine granulated sugar (not powdered) or just grind regular sugar in food processor

1 large egg white

1 tsp. almond extract

Break chocolate into small pieces and set aside

In a small saucepan, heat half of the cream until it begins to boil. Turn off heat, add the chocolate pieces and stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.

Pour the mixtureinto a bowl set over a large bowl of ice water and add the rest of the cream and almond extract. Using a hand held electric whisk, beat the mixture to soft peaks. Remove the bowl fromg the iced water.

Separate egg white into a bowl (glass or metal)

Whisk the egg white with a handheld electric beater until stiff peaks form. Add sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and continue whisking to a soft meringue.

Carefully fold the meringue through the chocolate mixture, then spoon into chilled serving glasses.

Or refrigerate and when cold, pipe into serving cups.

Chill before serving.

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