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Dark Chocolate-Strawberry Mousse Parfait From: cooksrecipes.com Serves: 4 Mousse: 8 ounces premium quality dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (must contain cocoa butter to melt properly and to set) 1 large egg 1 cup heavy cream, heated until very hot (do not boil) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Dash kosher or coarse salt Crust Layer: 8 shortbread cookies (such as Walker's Shortbread), crushed to fine crumb 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted Strawberry Sauce: 2 cups fresh strawberries, stemmed and hulled* 2 tablespoons honey or to taste Garnish: 4 whole strawberries 1/2 cup lightly sweetened whipped cream 1. For Mousse: Place chopped dark chocolate, egg and vanilla into the container of electric blender and blend for 30 seconds. 2. Remove center of blender lid and while machine is running on medium to low speed, slowly pour heated cream into the chocolate mixture. Blend until well mixed and chocolate is melted. Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours. 3. With an electric mixer, beat the mousse mixture until stiff peaks form. 4. For Crust Layer: In a small bowl, combine the crushed shortbread cookies with the melted butter, mixing well. 5. Press half the crust mixture, divided evenly, into the bottom of 4 parfait glasses. Carefully spoon half the mousse atop the crust mixture, then sprinkle evenly with remaining crust mixture; spoon the strawberry sauce atop the crust layer and then spoon the remaining mousse atop the strawberry sauce. Chill until ready to serve. 6. Just before serving, spoon a dollop of whipped cream on top of each parfait and decorate with a whole strawberry that has been sliced just to the green stem and fanned out. 7. For Strawberry Sauce: In a food processor or blender, puree 1/2 cup strawberries on high speed until smooth. Place puree in a small mixing bowl. 8. Slice the remaining 1 1/2 cups strawberries and add to the pureed strawberries. Stir in the honey; using more or less according to personal preference. Makes 1 cup sauce. *Frozen whole strawberries, thawed slightly, may be substituted for the fresh strawberries when not in season. Cook's Tips: Other types of berries or soft-fleshed, juicy fruit such as ripe peaches can also be used. For more texture and flavor, try adding a few tablespoons of finely chopped toasted nuts to the mousse before layering.
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