My Valentine loves this decadent dessert from Around Our Table  so I decided to make it for a romantic, candlelit dinner this week. But  I really wanted to make just two servings–without the temptation of the remaining six servings hanging around afterwards! (That bathroom scale…you know…) So I adjusted the recipe to make a treat for my Valentine and I to enjoy on February 14th…so long as one of us doesn’t sneak into the fridge earlier!

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Looks like a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, doesn’t it? Very easy to make. No oven…it’s just a matter of mixing together a chocolate mixture and then folding in some whipped cream. This won’t be a step-by-step post…just a few key points.

First I heated some heavy cream in the microwave–you could heat it on the stove top if you prefer–then I added in some sugar, instant coffee, finely chopped chocolate, and a dash of salt. After just a minute, the chocolate has melted in the hot cream and I mixed it all together and added the Irish Cream.

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Now, if you don’t like Irish Cream, you can use Amaretto. Or, if you just plain don’t like–or don’t have–any liquor around, use a few tablespoons of strong coffee, and leave out the instant coffee above.

Then, I whipped up some cold heavy cream, and folded the two mixtures together…

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This luscious mousse was spooned into two coffee cups…a larger one for my Honey, cause he usually eats more than I do…

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…and a demitasse one for me…

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Just before serving, add a dollop of whipped cream and some garnish, if you’d like.

The chocolate garnishes are simple to make. I melted a  square of chocolate in the microwave (chocolate chips would be fine) and spooned the melted chocolate into a small plastic bag. (You could also put the chocolate in the plastic bag and set it in a bowl of warm water.) I cut a tiny hole in one corner and drizzled it in a variety of free form shapes on a piece of parchment (or wax paper).

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Once they were cool–put in the fridge or freezer to hurry them along–place the decoration into the whipped cream with loving hands and enjoy!

Happy Valentines Day!

Ciao!
Debbie

You’ll find this recipe–to serve 8-10–on page 73 of Around Our Table.

Chocolate Irish Coffee Mousse for Two

Yield: Serves 2

Chocolate Irish Coffee Mousse for Two

Ingredients

  • 1 C. (125 ml) heavy cream (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 4 tsp. sugar (divided)
  • dash salt
  • 2 oz. (50 g) dark chocolate, finely chopped (or 1/4-1/3 C. chocolate chips)
  • 2 T. Irish Cream or Amaretto

Instructions

  1. Heat 1/4 C. heavy cream just to the boiling point--in the microwave or on top of the stove.
  2. Add the coffee granules, 2 tsp. sugar, dash of salt and the finely chopped chocolate. Cover and set aside for about 1 minute until the chocolate has melted. Stir until smooth and add the liquor.
  3. Whip the remaining 3/4 C. heavy cream in a chilled bowl, adding the 2 remaining tsp. of sugar as you whip it. Set aside about 1/2 C. for garnish.
  4. Fold 1/3 of the remaining whipped cream into the slightly cooled chocolate mixture. Once it is uniform in color, fold in the remaining whipped cream.
  5. Spoon into small coffee cups (it's sinfully rich!) or custard cups. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours.
  6. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a chocolate covered espresso bean, shavings of chocolate or a free-form decoration.
http://ciaofromdebbie.com/recipes/dessert/chocolate-irish-coffee-mousse-for-two/

One Comment

  1. 2-14-2013

    Will definitley try that recipe…so easy and so delicious..
    I love your simple instructions and then the pictorial instructions.
    Happy Valentine’s to a very special lady.
    Alvina

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