Chocolate & Coffee Decadence
This super easy chocolate mousse layered with coffee soaked cantuccini (the Italian word for biscotti) is a decadently delicious and a perfect special occasion indulgence.
Traditional French style mousse is not difficult to make but can be temperamental. It requires beating egg yolks with sugar, adding melted chocolate, whipping egg whites separately and then folding them together.
BE BRAVE and make this version which is so much easier! No eggs, no fuss, just some whipping and chilling to create the most delicious chocolatey mousse ever. Add some whipped cream, raspberries or strawberries or a sprinkle of shaved chocolate and enjoy the deep and rich chocolate flavor.
Velvety Chocolate Mousse Layered Dessert
(* indicates my preferred ingredients – see notes for alternatives)
2 cups regular whipping cream preferably, or heavy cream
1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips/wafers or chopped bar of dark chocolate (60-70% cacao)
1 tablespoon O&V Melipone Vanilla
Confectioners’ Sugar (optional and to taste)
1 box O&V Cantuccini
¼ cup whipping cream or heavy cream
Chocolate curls or shavings for garnish
8 glasses or cups
Prepare the mousse by placing the chopped chocolate (or chips or wafers) in a heat-safe bowl.
Warm 1 cup of the cream in a saucepan until little bubbles start to form around the edges. Pour it over the chopped chocolate and stir until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. If needed, heat in a microwave in 20-second increments, stirring in between till completely smooth and glossy.
Whisk the remaining 1 cup of cream mixed with the Melipone Vanilla into the chocolate mixture and combine. Taste, if the mixture needs more sweetness, add confectioner’s sugar 1 teaspoon at a time to taste. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled (2-3 hours, but overnight works best)
Remove from the refrigerator and whisk with an electric hand mixer until stiff peaks form (be careful not to overwhip and create a grainy consistency)
Make one cup of strong coffee and let it cool to room temperature. Dip the cantuccini in the coffee and place at the bottom of each serving cup (you will use about half the box)
Pipe or spoon the mousse over the soaked cantuccini. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
Whip the remaining ¼ cup of whipped cream. Serve the mousse with a dollop of whipped cream, some shaved chocolate and piece of cantuccini
Active time 15 minutes Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes includes minimum chilling time
* There is really nothing that compares to the flavor and aroma of the Melipone Vanilla, but you can choose another high-quality vanilla. The Cantuccini are like small biscotti but so much more delicious! Feel free to substitute with a piece of cake too.
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Categories: Dessert, Sweet, Velvety Chocolate Mousse, Melipone Vanilla, Make Ahead Dessert, Valentine’s Dessert, Cantuccini, Coffee, Layered Dessert, Valentine’s Day, Special Occasion Dessert