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Dessert: Chocolate mousse with orange 
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Post Dessert: Chocolate mousse with orange
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate
3 T strong coffee
12 T (1.5 sticks) butter
4 eggs, separated
3/4 C finely granulated sugar
1/4 C orange liquer
3 T sugar
pinch of salt

microwavable bowl that will hold all the ingredients with room to spare
double boiler (not necessary, but really handy)
pot about as big as the top of the double boiler, with cold water in it
bowl and electric mixer

gently melt chocolate with coffee and butter in microwavable bowl (don't get it hot, just melted, short bursts of low power microwaving), stir until fully melted and butter and coffee are incorporated, making a shiny, smooth chocolate mixture

split eggs, 4 yolks into double boiler, 4 whites into mixer bowl
add sugar to yolks, beat until blended
add liquer to yolks, beat until the mixture ribbons a bit (when you pick up the spoon or whatever, it should drip in a ribbon fashion)

heat the yolk mixture in a double boiler over just simmering water about 5 minutes, until the mixture is hot to the touch and slightly foamy (mix the whole time)

transfer top of double boiler (with yolk mixture in it) and rest the bottom in the cold water. beat the mixture for about 5 minutes as it cools, it should thicken and smell or liquer

mix yolk mixture into chocolate mixture fully

beat egg whites in electric mixer, adding sugar and salt as you beat. beat for a couple minutes, until the whites form stiff peaks and hold their shape

gently stir about 1/4 of the egg whites into the chocolate

take remaining egg white in small batches, maybe 6 or so parts, and gently fold each part into the chocolate mixture. the mousse should get lighter and fluffier with each amount of white folded in

put mousse into 4-8 wine glasses (red wine glasses work well) depending on what you consider a portion

cover glasses with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour in the fridge

enjoy


Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:48 am
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