Wednesday, February 8, 2012
I Heart Amaretto Mousse and Chocolate Wafers
This amaretto mousse recipe has been made in my family for years. It's so light and silky, and the flavor is smile-inducing. It would make a nice Valentine's Day dessert if you're into that kind of thing. The amaretto flavor goes perfectly with chocolate, so I made a batch of these wafers and shaped them into hearts to provide a little contrast, crunch and cuteness
Be warned, the mousse does contain raw eggs so be sure to buy eggs labeled pasteurized or do it yourself at home. Nothing says romance like salmonella prevention.
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
1/4 cup amaretto liqueur
4 eggs, room temperature
Melt 1/4 cup of butter in small saucepan (or microwave). Stir in cocoa powder. Set aside. Cream 1 cup butter with sugar and amaretto in large bowl of electric mixer. Gradually beat in cocoa mixture. Add eggs one at a time, beating until sugar is completely dissolved, at least 3 minutes per egg. (This is key. It gets rid of the graininess of the sugar and makes the mousse light and fluffy.) Divide mixture into ramekins or cups. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours or overnight. Serves 6 to 8.