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Last-minute Valentine

Written by Gretchen McKay on

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Forgot to get your Valentine something special for Valentine's Day? 

Not to worry.

There's still time to make this deal-sealing, delicious chocolate dessert.

The recipe is about as easy as they come: It requires just 3 ingredients, if you don't count the water  (chocolate, heavy cream and cinnamon), and takes less than 10 minutes to whip up.

To prepare chocolate, chop a large bar into small chunks (high-quality chocolate chips also are perfectly okay) and melt either in the microwave, or in a medium heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Set on counter to cool.

To make whipped cream, place heavy cream in a cold, deep mixing bowl, and using a wire whisk or electric hand mixer, whip until soft peaks form.  

 
 

DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

  • 8 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, whipped to soft but firm peaks
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Whisk the warm water into the cooled, melted chocolate. Allow to cool completely.

Gently fold the whipped cream and cinnamon into the chocolate until thoroughly combined. Be careful not to over-mix, or the cream may go flat.

Chill for at least 15 minutes.

Serves 8.

-- “Fine Cooking Chocolate: 150 Delicious and Decadent Recipes” (Taunton Press, 2013, $17.95)

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