Mmm, mmm, mmm. If you really want to impress the crowd at your next dinner party without putting a lot of time and effort into dessert, then you should definitely give this Dark Chocolate Mousse recipe from Bobby Flay for Food Network a shot.
Because you can prepare it ahead of time and serve when your guests are ready, it allows you more time to enjoy lively conversation with your friends.
But when you bring this delectable treat out of the kitchen -- everyone will assume you slaved all day to make this restaurant-worthy goblet of goodness.
With the perfect mix of bitter and sweet, this recipe is sure to please even the most discerning palates.
Oh, and did I mention that cleanup is a cinch? (Total bonus.)
Dark Chocolate Mousse:
5 1/4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
14 ounces cold heavy cream
3 large egg whites
1 ounce sugar
Sweetened whipped cream for garnish, optional
Shaved bittersweet chocolate for garnish, optional
Place chocolate in a large bowl set over a bain marie or in a double boiler at a low simmer. Stir chocolate until melted. Turn off the heat and let stand.
Beat the cream over ice until it forms soft peaks. Set aside and hold at room temperature. With a mixer, whip egg to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar and continue whipping until firm.
Remove the chocolate from the bain marie, and using a whisk, fold in the egg whites all at once. When the whites are almost completely incorporated, fold in the whipped cream. Cover the mousse and refrigerate for approximately 1 hour or until set. Serve in goblets topped with more whipped cream and shaved chocolate, if desired.
(And if you really want to wow your guests, add a few fresh berries and mint leaves for an extra pop of color they'll ooh and ahh over.)
What types of desserts do you typically serve at dinner parties?
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