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Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Decadent Valentine's Day Dessert!

With Valentine’s Day just a couple of days from now, I thought I would share a dessert that will bring romance to a whole new perspective.
A few years ago, I happened upon a recipe for 5-minute chocolate mousse with only two ingredients: chocolate and water. If you’ve worked with chocolate at all, this sounds completely counterintuitive, yet the method works! This mousse absolutely melts in your mouth, and makes for one incredible dessert, especially when spiked with Baileys (use your favorite liqueur).
This is the occasion for your highest quality chocolate, and you’ll want to use a wire whisk to achieve the right consistency. Once the chocolate has melted, you’ll need to work quickly, so stage all of the elements ahead of time. You’re only three ingredients (four if you count the whipped cream topping) and 15 minutes away from an easy and decadent Valentine’s Day dessert!

Baileys Irish Cream Mousse

8 oz. chocolate, chopped (I used 4 oz bittersweet and 4 oz semisweet)
3/4 c. water
3 tbsp. Baileys Irish Cream
1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
Optional: unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting

Set a large metal or glass mixing bowl over a slightly smaller mixing bowl filled with water and ice (the bottom of the larger bowl should touch the ice; I placed a metal bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes before placing it over the ice bath). Arrange six small cups or ramekins in a baking dish.
Place chocolate and water in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until glossy and smooth. Remove chocolate mixture from heat and stir in Baileys.
Pour chocolate mixture into the large mixing bowl set over ice and whisk with a large wire whisk for about 4 minutes, just until mixture is slightly thickened (be careful not to over-whisk, or the texture can become grainy). When mixture is thick, divide evenly among cups (about 1/3-cup mousse per cup).
Cover cups with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving (or up to 4 days). When ready to serve, beat heavy whipping cream in a mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon a dollop into each cup and dust with cocoa.
Chef’s note: If you prefer to make a nonalcoholic version, replace the Baileys with 3 tablespoons water. You can also flavor the mousse with cinnamon, instant espresso, etc.

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