Friday, August 14, 2009

Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Sauce

Two Words: Chocolate Mousse.

What in the world can be more of a treat, more of a chocolatey indulgence, than a traditional silky chocolate mousse? Possibly this dangerous-good-yet-simple chocolate mousse recipe with a super easy raspberry sauce.

This is the real deal. And it's certainly a wonderful treat. This chocolate mousse recipe comes form Alton Brown from the Good Eats episode The Art of Darkness and let me just say, this masterpiece of dark-chocolatey-ness is my favorite! And the best part is that it is very simple. No eggs involved. Just melted chocolate, butter, coffee and rum folded into whipped cream with a little gelatin for stability. That's it! The raspberry sauce is also dead easy and is one I created because of my deep love for the wonderful combination of chocolate and raspberry. All you do is take a bag of frozen raspberries, defrost it, add half a cup of splenda, blend, strain, and drizzle your heart out!

Some time ago on my birthday, my fiance, then boyfriend, made this exact same chocolate mousse recipe with raspberry sauce for me. Needless to say, armed with this recipe, he whisked me away :P

If you love chocolate mousse, you most definitely must try this chocolate mousse recipe. The only modification I made was that I used 60% dark chocolate chips for that really rich dark flavor, but you can use whatever you prefer. This recipe is easy, it's delicious, and with a little raspberry sauce, each bite can be elevated to somewhat of a religious experience. Trust me, once you try it, you'll be converted :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Welcome Back with Peanut Butter Cookies

Is it really August??! And my last post was in February?? I can't believe how the time has flown by! Please allow me to start of by saying once and for all: I'm So Sorry!!

Well, I suppose this was happens when you are in law school and all of a sudden, you find yourself engaged to a wonderful guy and planning your wedding which will take place over your Christmas break!! THIS Christmas break! I know, I'm crazy :)

But that's no real excuse to neglect my dessert blog. I mean, between February and today, I have probably made, tasted, and gawked at over hundreds of dreamy desserts. Oh and speaking of dreams, I have had plenty, conjuring up recipes and imagining new flavor combinations. But yesterday morning, I wasn't feeling creative. I was just feeling like making some good, old fashioned Peanut Butter cookies. But since I am officially on Bridal-dress-size-alert, I knew I had to try to make them with a little less flour and sugar. So I made them completely without! I first saw this recipe while Paula Deen (of all people) on foodnetwork making these cookies for some ice cream sandwiches. They are called Magical Peanut Butter Cookies and they only have 4 ingredients!!

I've made these cookies several times now and they always turn out great! Since it is so simple, there are so many different things you can do with the recipe: like add chocolate chips, or chopped up honey-roasted peanuts, or dip them in chocolate, or even spread some strawberry jam on the bottom of one and make a sweet little peanut butter and jelly sandwich (which is exactly what I did yesterday)! Try them out and have some fun with the recipe for yourself!