When I saw how easy this was to make, I was concerned that it wouldn't be as light and airy as a custard-style mousse. The mousse turned out very well. I love that I didn't have to worry about scalding the milk and that something so simple had so much flavor and looked so elegant. This is definitely a dessert worth of company. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines: http://www.takingonmagazines.com/mocha-chocolate-mousse/
Mocha Chocolate Mousse
This seriously easy and decadent mousse hides a smart a secret: reduced-sodium soy sauce. Just 1/2 tsp. elevates the deep, rich flavor of the dark chocolate. Add crunch with cookies to contrast the mousse's silky texture. Heating store-bought shortbread in the oven opens up the flavors of the buttery cookies.
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Total: 2 Hours, 55 Minutes
- 3 (4-oz.) bittersweet chocolate baking bars (60% cacao), chopped
- 2/3 cup strong-brewed coffee
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 2/3 cups heavy cream, divided
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Store-bought shortbread cookies (optional)
- Toppings: sweetened whipped cream, fresh raspberries, chocolate shavings
- 1. Microwave chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 minute or until slightly melted.
- 2. Bring coffee, next 3 ingredients, and 2/3 cup cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour cream mixture over chocolate in bowl. Let stand 15 seconds, and stir until smooth. Cool completely (about 30 minutes).
- 3. Beat remaining 1 cup cream at high speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer, using a whisk attachment, until foamy; gradually add sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Stir in 1/2 cup coffee mixture until blended; gradually fold in remaining coffee mixture. (Mixture will be loose.)
- 4. Spoon chocolate mixture into a shallow 2-qt. bowl or 6 (8- to 10-oz.) glasses. Cover with plastic wrap (without touching mousse), and chill 2 to 3 hours. Serve with cookies, if desired, and toppings.
- Note: We tested with Walkers Pure Butter Assorted Shortbread cookies. Warm shortbread in the oven at 350° for 5 minutes so they taste freshly baked.
- Make-Ahead Tip: Refrigerate mousse, without desired toppings, up to 2 days.
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