I meant to post this last Spring.
I could be considered very late; or very early for this Spring. Or Valentine’s day… yep, I’m right on time for Valentine’s day. Speaking of Valentines….
Mousse is the perfect Valentine’s dessert. It’s “Valentine’s food” … what’s “Valentine’s Food” , you ask? Oh… you know… romantic food,
Like spaghetti : (Think, Lady And The Tramp) A dinner on a quiet patio beneath the stars, candle wax dripping onto a basket wrapped Chianti bottle, and a big platter of extra long spaghetti that’s meant to be shared….
Fondue: Smooth melty cheese with cubes of crusty bread and crisp apples for dipping, and melted creamy chocolate for dessert, with fresh juicy strawberries to dip
Sushi: Buttery bite sized morsels of fresh fish, spicy wasabi and warm sake to wash it all down
Surf and turf: A delicate filet with a twice baked potato, along with a buttery lobster tail grilled to perfection with a crisp salad
Of course, you may have your own idea of Valentine’s food, those are just the main ones on my list. One year, I made homemade pasta and meatballs and we watched Lady and The Tramp as a family Valentine’s celebratory dinner. Other years, I’ve made fondue, sushi and often years, it’s surf and turf.
And, for dessert?
Chocolate Mousse, of course!
To make this: You need quality chocolate: chips or a grated bar. (12 ounces) Heavy Cream, vanilla,powdered sugar, and a pinch of salt.
Melt the chocolate and part of the cream over a double boiler
Gently fold the two mixtures together, and spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip.
So: What’s on your Valentine’s menu?
- 12 ounces chocolate (chips or a grated bar)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- dash salt
- In a double boiler, melt the chocolate in 1 cup of the cream over medium heat
- Allow to cool slightly
- In a stand mixer, beat the remaining whipping cream with the powdered sugar and salt until stiff peaks form
- Gently fold the two mixtures together, and spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip
- Pipe into individual serving dishes.
- Alternately, this can be spooned into a chocolate pie crust for a mouse pie