Sunday, December 11, 2011


"I could give up chocolate but I'm not a quitter."

~ Author Unknown

~ Christmas Moose

~ Decadent & delicious ... what Christmas is all about!
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
4 large organic eggs
8 oz. chopped good bittersweet chocolate
4 tsp. instant espresso powder
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Unsweetened whipped cream
chopped chocolate covered espresso beans (Trader Joe's)
fresh mint sprigs
fresh cranberries
  • Separate whites from egg yolks. Let stand at room temperature.
  • Whisk 1/4 cup cream and eggs yolks in saucepan. Set over low heat and cook, whisking constantly for 2 minutes or until mixture thickens. Add chocolate & espresso powder; stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
  • In large bowl, whisk egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and continue to whisk until whites begin to mound. Gradually add sugar, whisking constantly until stiff peaks form. Fold chocolate mixture into whites, blending well.
  • In chilled bowl, whip remaining 1 1/4 cups whipping cream to soft peaks. Whisk in vanilla extract. Fold whipped cream into chocolate mixture until barely blended (note visible streaks of white).
  • Spoon into individual mousse dishes or glass 6-cup serving bowl. Cover carefully with plastic wrap to avoid marring surface. Chill until set.
  • Spoon mousse from large bowl onto desert plates. Garnish with dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with chopped chocolate espresso beans. Arrange mint leaves on side with 3 cranberries to resemble holly and serve immediately. (6-8 servings)

Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la. la la la. la la la.


Shady Gardener said...

Ohmygoodness, Joey! If I was served something like this, I'd have to just sit back and admire it for awhile! Sounds absolutely delicious (and I can feel the extra weight on my hips, just from the reading!) ha!
Happy December!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Joey, the last time I made chocolate mousse was years ago. It was a Julia Child recipe and quite involved. This one seems pretty easy, oh, and I do remember the tase was to die for!


lindalou said...

Ha Ha. Nice pun.

Hoping you are enjoying the season.

Scott Law said...

Great quote and love your Christmas Moose.

Beth at PlantPostings said...

Oh my--the recipe sounds delicious! And I love the quote. That is one I plan to use in the future. Thanks!

Nature Rambles said...

Most mouth-watering recipe! Love your post title and the moose picture too! Time to indulge!!:)

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

I love that quote and yummm! Can't wait to try this out!

imac said...

Glad you have a photo of this, magic Joey.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I love Moose, he's cute...and the mousse sounds divine! Bittersweet chocolate and espresso? Does it get better than that?

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

That's a good quote.

Fa la la. la la la. la la la

Rose said...

Your Christmas moose is so cute, but I'll take the other mousse instead:) Have I ever mentioned I'm addicted to chocolate...and coffee?? Just found Pinterest and have pinned this to my board, so I don't forget this recipe!

Chloe m said...

Best quote ever. Love it.
That looks like a tasty way to enjoy chocolate!

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Happy holidays and all the best for 2012 to you and your family Joey!

Carol said...

Merry Christmas Joey! I know your home must be delicious! Wishing you the happiest of holidays. Peace/Carol

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas!

Eden said...

Sounds yummy :)

Marysol said...

What's not to love about a cute moose who loves mousse!
Merry Christmoose!

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