Chocolate Mint Mousse
|Semisweet mint flavored chocolate pieces/Regular chocolate pieces||2 Ounce (1/2 Cup)|
|Cream of tartar||1⁄8 Teaspoon|
|Whipping cream||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
In a heavy medium saucepan combine chocolate pieces, sugar, and water.
Cook over medium heat till chocolate melts, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat.
In a medium mixing bowl beat yolks slightly.
Gradually stir the hot chocolate mixture into the beaten egg yolks.
Return all to saucepan.
Cook and stir over medium heat till slightly thickened and bubbly.
Cook and stir for 2 minutes more.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Cool slightly, stirring occasionally.
In a small mixer bowl beat egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric mixer till soft peaks form (tips curl).
Gradually add the sugar, beating till stiff peaks form (tips stand straight).
Fold egg whites into chocolate mixture.
In the small mixer bowl beat the whipping cream till soft peaks form (tips curl).
Fold into chocolate mixture.
Spoon into 4 dessert dishes or a serving bowl.
Cover and chill for 6 to 24 hours.
Dollop each serving of mousse with additional unsweetened whipped cream and garnish with chocolate curls, if desired.