What could be more perfect this Valentine's Day than a decadant Chocolate Mousse This is laughingly simple, but no one needs to know that. It tastes rich, smooth and sublime. It's sure to tempt your sweetheart.
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
4 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon brewed coffee
1 tablespoon rum or brandy (optional)
Heavy cream and a shaving of chocolate for garnish
Separate the eggs.
Pour the cream, coffee, vanilla extract, rum or brandy – if using and
chocolate chips into a saucepan.
Heat gently until the chocolate is melted, stirring constantly.
REMOVE FROM HEAT.
Add the egg yolks, one at a time, whisking well so they don’t
Whip the egg whites until just stiff.
Mix one heaped tablespoon of the egg whites into the chocolate
mixture and then carefully fold in the rest of the whites.
Spoon into individual bowls or glasses, cover and place in
refrigerator to set.
To garnish whip the heavy cream, vanilla extract and confectioner’s
sugar until they reach soft peaks.
Decorate each dessert with some cream, a shaving of chocolate and
a mint leaf.