Chocolate Mousse

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Chocolate Mousse is one of the most decadent desserts. I have tried to make it several times with some successes and some not so much. This batch was yummy and the recipe I used was from the Professional Chef app, which is the Culinary Institute of Americas book in app form.

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 oz. butter
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 2 TBS water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Rum, as needed (optional)

Directions:

Before preparing assemble desired dishes for mousse. Combine the chocolate and butter and melt over a hot water bath or double boiler. Combine the egg yolks with 1/2 the water and 1/2 the sugar over a hot water bath or double boiler until it holds at 145 degrees for 15 seconds, remove from the heat and whisk until cool. Combine the egg whites with the remaining sugar in a mixer bowl and whisk over a hot water bath or double boiler to 145 degree. Remove from heat and whip to full volume, continue whipping until cool. Using a large rubber spatula, fold the chocolate into the egg yolks. Then, fold the egg white mixture into the egg yolk-chocolate mixture. Fold the whipped cream and add the rum if using. Immediately pipe or ladle the mousse into dishes or molds.

 

Brownies

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I have made several different recipes of homemade brownies. Most tasted like cake. I finally found my go to recipe for brownies in Cook’s Country Chocolate Desserts magazine date Feb/2012. These are delicious served warmed with vanilla ice-cream.

 

Ingredients;

  • 5 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 8 TBS unsalted butter
  • 3 TBS cocoa
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Directions;

Preheat oven to 350 degree and adjust oven rack to lower-middle position. Spray 8 inch square baking pan with vegetable oil spray.

In medium heatproof bowl or double boiler, set over simmering water, melt chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally until mixture is smooth. Whisk in cocoa powder. Set aside to cool slightly.

Whisk eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt in medium bowl. Whisk warm chocolate mixture into egg mixture, then stir in flour with wooden spoon. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake 35-40 minutes. Let cool for 2 hours.