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Chocolate Mousse Loaf with Raspberry Purée

Photo: J. Savage Gibson; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson
Yield 16 servings
This sweet finale can be made a day ahead and chilled until time to serve.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whipping cream, divided
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages semisweet chocolate squares
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen raspberries, thawed
  • Garnishes: fresh mint sprigs, fresh raspberries

How to Make It

  1. Line a 9- x 5-inch loafpan with plastic wrap, extending edges of wrap over sides of pan; set aside.

  2. Combine 1/2 cup whipping cream, chocolate squares, corn syrup, and butter in a heavy saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, over low heat until chocolate melts. Cool.

  3. Beat remaining 1 1/2 cups whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form; fold into chocolate mixture. Pour into prepared pan, and chill at least 8 hours.

  4. Process raspberries in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping once to scrape down sides. Pour purée through a fine wire-mesh strainer, if desired, pressing with the back of a spoon; discard seeds. Chill.

  5. Invert mousse loaf onto a serving platter, and remove plastic wrap. Slice loaf, and serve with raspberry puree. Garnish, if desired.