Mom’s Classic Chocolate on Chocolate Birthday Cake

My mom recently turned 61. I called her the evening before her pre-birthday gathering and she casually mentioned that she would be getting up early the next day to bake herself a cake. This didn’t sit well with me, and … Continue reading

Earl Grey Infused Blender Chocolate Mousse

I am recently obsessed with Food52! I made this incredibly simple recipe for dessert the night before last, let it sit overnight, and served it to my ladies at Ladies’ Night last night. It was rich and luxurious and dark and bright and delicious and there was not a smudge left over!

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Earl Grey Infused Blender Chocolate Mousse

Makes four 4-oz. servings (or eight 2-oz. servings)

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces high quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (or 2/3 cup chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 4 teaspoons ganulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • lightly sweetened whipped cream, marscapone, or greek yogurt (for topping)

Directions:

  1. Bring water to a boil. Add tea bag, orange zest, and sugar. Cover and steep for five minutes.
  2. Place chopped chocolate and vanilla extract in blender. Strain steeped tea into blender (you want just the liquid in the blender, not the zest). Let sit about 30-60 seconds to allow the chocolate to begin to melt. Cover the blender and blend on high for 15 to 30 seconds.
  3. Add egg whites to the blender, cover, and blend on high for about 60 seconds.
  4. Divide mousse between small serving containers. (Get creative! Think 1/2 pint mason jars, tea cups, cute bowls, etc. – I used these adorable Martha Stewart ramekins and they were perfect!) Cover and refrigerate until set. This usually takes about 3 to 4 hours, but can be done up to 2 days in advance.
  5. Top mousse with a dollop of lightly sweetened whip cream, mascarpone, or greek yogurt, and serve. I used nonfat greek yogurt with a bit of honey stirred in and topped it with a pinch of orange zest. but play around with your own favorite flavorings!

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Apparently this recipe won a cookie competition held by LDS Living and the first time I made these cookies it was clear why. First off, they are ridiculously easy to throw together. There is no sifting involved and I didn’t even bother … Continue reading