Chestnut-Chocolate Mousse

Marcia Kiesel uses chestnuts to add a sophisticated flavor to a luxe chocolate mousse.

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  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups chilled heavy cream
  • 1 cup vacuum-packed roasted chestnuts, chopped
  • Salt
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Unsweetened whipped cream and crushed chocolate-covered espresso beans, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a glass bowl, microwave the chocolates at 20-second intervals, stirring a few times, until melted. Let cool to warm.

  2. In a stainless steel bowl, beat the cream until soft peaks form, then fold in the chocolate, chestnuts and a pinch of salt.

  3. In a large stainless steel or copper bowl, beat the egg whites to very soft peaks. While beating, gradually add the sugar and beat until firm, glossy peaks form, about 2 minutes. Stir one-third of the beaten whites into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the remaining whites.

  4. Spoon the mousse into ten 2/3-cup ramekins. Cover and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Serve each mousse with a dollop of whipped cream and crushed chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published November 2007

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