Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Chocolate Strawberry Mousse

Last weekend the usual suspects came to our home for dinner!! It is always nice to be able to just hang out around good food and good company!
Nicole had made an incredible Lobster Salad, which was followed by an Osso Bucco (should be made at least a day ahead so that the meat has time to tenderize) and Grilled Polenta Triangles, one of Peggy's famous salads, and a Choco-Stawberry mousse dessert!

Here is the dessert:

Choco-Strawberry Mousse

2 cups whipping cream, very cold
10 oz bittersweet chocolate

20 oz frozen strawberries, thawed - or fresh when available
2 cups whipping cream, very cold
1 tsp gelatin

Prepare the chocolate mousse:
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk, whip the cream until firm, but still soft (do not over beat it).
In a bowl, melt the chocolate on top of a double boiler.
When melted, add to the whipped cream and mix well.
Set aside.

Prepare the strawberry mousse:
In a mixer, pulse the strawberries into a puree. Strain to get rid of the seeds. Transfer to a saucepan and bring to a quick boil. Take about 2 Tbsp of the hot strawberry puree and add the gelatin. Add it to the rest of the puree and mix well.
Add the strawberries to the whipped cream and mix well.

In Martini glasses, or any other large glasses, pipe the chocolate mousse up to about a third of the glass. Then spoon the strawberry mousse on top, and finish with another layer of chocolate.
You can decorate with a chocolate dipped strawberry.

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