Today is National Chocolate Mousse Day and as I prepared my blog post I had a strange sense of déjà vu. Sure enough I looked back and saw that last year I did a post with a recipe from a cooking school I attended. It is a classic approach and lots of hard work and quite delicious. If you wanted to revisit, here is the link to reach it.
So I wanted to try something new and simpler. As it happens I also recently quit drinking alcohol and have lots of tall shot glasses that I need to figure out what to do with. Voila. I found the following idea at the website http://www.sarahearts.com
Start with brownies (your favorite recipe, from a box or even commercially made). Crumble them into chunks that fit in your shot glasses. In a medium sized bowl beat the ingredients from a box of instant chocolate pudding mix with 1 1/2 cups milk with an electric mixer until you reach pudding consistency. Again use your electric mixer to beat 1 cup heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form and then fold the whipped cream into the chocolate pudding mixture to make a faux mousse. Alternate placing brownie crumbles and piping the mousse in layers into tall shot glasses or champagne flutes or similar vessels. Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap if refrigerating for a day or two to keep unwanted flavors from migrating into the dessert. And you will need small spoons!
You can see the finished product below from the http://www.sarahearts.com. Check out her website for other interesting ideas and enjoy!
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