2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, OR 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup whipping cream, chilled
For Garnish: (optional)
Sweetened Whipped Cream (see note below)
Semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, grated for garnish
1. Stir together sugar and gelatin in small saucepan; stir in milk. Let stand 2 minutes to soften gelatin. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture just begins to boil.
2. Remove from heat. Immediately add chocolate chips; stir until melted. Stir in liqueur (or orange extract, if using); cool to room temperature.
3. Beat whipping cream in small bowl until stiff; gradually add chocolate mixture, folding gently just until blended. Spoon into two dessert glasses. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Serve chilled.
4. Garnish with sweetened whipped cream, or grated chocolate and strawberries, if desired.
Makes 2 servings.
How To Make Sweetened Whipped Cream
In a chilled mixing bowl with chilled beaters, whip 1/2 cup whipping cream with 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, untill stiff peaks form. Chill until ready to use. When ready to serve, top each mousse with whipped cream.
Makes 1 cup sweetened whipped cream.
Photograph taken by Diana Baker Woodall© 2004
Date: February 14, 2004