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Chocolate Mousse

Servings: 8
Treat your friends to the original chocolate pudding. It’s so much tastier than the store-bought kind! You can make this dessert ahead of time and serve it at a slumber party or an after-school gathering.

1-1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips, or 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 cups heavy cream, well chilled

Measuring cups
Small saucepan and small heatproof bowl
Wooden spoon
Large mixing bowl
Electric mixer
Rubber spatula
Plastic wrap

1. Fill the small saucepan half full with water. Choose a small, deep heatproof bowl that fits snugly on the saucepan. Be sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Add the chocolate to the small bowl and set the whole thing (water-filled pan and bowl) over medium heat.

2. Heat the chocolate, stirring often with the wooden spoon, until it is melted, about 5 minutes. During that time, the water should simmer, not boil. Adjust the heat up or down as necessary.

3. Turn off the heat. Ask an adult to remove the bowl from the saucepan of water. Set the bowl aside to cool slightly.

4. Pour the cream into the large mixing bowl. Using the electric mixer set on medium speed, beat the cream until slightly thickened, about 30 seconds. Add the warm chocolate to the cream. Continue beating on medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl with the rubber spatula, until soft peaks form, about 1 minute. To test, turn off the mixer and lift the beaters. If the cream makes soft little peaks that flop over slightly, it is ready.

5. Spoon the mousse into serving cups or glasses. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Makes 8 servings

Source: Williams-Sonoma Kid's Cookbook
Date: January 31, 2005