Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe

April 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe

You might recall my review of 125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes, published last week. This week I have another recipe from that cookbook to share with you.

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Although this seems like a very labor-intensive cake, it really isn’t. In fact Chocolate Mousse Cake can be made a day ahead, making it a perfect do-ahead dessert. As an added bonus, it freezes beautifully.

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 36 cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling:

  • 2¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 cups whipping (35%) cream, chilled and divided
  • 1 tbsp. Kirsch or other similar liqueur (see Variation)

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup whipping (35%) cream, chilled
  • 3 tbsp. confectioner’s (icing) sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla

Instructions

For the Crust:

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse chocolate sandwich cookies until finely ground. (You should have about 3 cups.) Add melted butter and process just until combined. Firmly press cookie mixture onto bottom and up side of prepared pan. Freeze for 20 minutes to firm up crust.

For the Filling:

Meanwhile, in a large microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and 1 cup of the cream. Microwave on High for 2½ minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is shiny and almost melted. Stir until smooth. In clean food processor bowl, process chocolate mixture and Kirsch until smooth.
In a large bowl, whip remaining cream until stiff peaks form. Add cooled chocolate mixture and whip until incorporated. Spread filling over prepared crust and refrigerate until firm, about 6 hours, or overnight.

For the Topping:

Whip cream with confectioner’s sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Spread over chocolate mousse layer and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm, or freeze for 20 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan before removing side. Do not remove bottom of pan. Slice and serve cake directly from bottom of pan.

Tips – Garnish cake with a sprinkling of chocolate chips or sprinkle with pieces of broken sandwich cookie. For variety substitute another liqueur for the Kirch (cherry brandy). Irish Cream, crème de cacoa and crème de menthe work well. You will need a greased 10-inch spring form pan

125 Best Chocolate Chip RecipesCourtesy of 125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes: Quick, Easy, Fun Ideas by Julie Hasson 2014 © www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

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Wordless Wednesday * The Power of Imagination

April 15, 2015 at 9:12 pm

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Book Review – Izzy and Oscar

April 13, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Izzy and Oscar

Izzy and Oscar

  • Author: Allison Estes and Dan Stark
  • Illustrator: Tracy Dockray
  • Juvenile Fiction, Ages 4-8, Grades Preschool-2
  • Paperback: pp.
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (April 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781492601500
  • SMRP: $16.99

Brief Summary:

Isabel AKA Capt. Izzy and her crew enjoy playing together. However, Izzy’s friends have parrots, dogs, cats–all traditional pets. Izzy wants one too, and an octapus named Oscar is her choice. BUT his feeding, sleeping, ability to do tricks, even being walked doesn’t usually go as expected.

My Opinion Only:

Children will enjoy this funny adventure with a sweet ending. Its 12 octofacts on its last pages whets curious growing minds. Its message, “All you can be is who you are,” proves that it is OK to be unusual.

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125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes Cookbook Review And Frozen Cappuccino Recipe

April 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

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125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes

125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes

  • Author: Julie Hasson
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose (September, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN:9780778800729
  • SRP: $19.95

Brief Summary:

No chocolate addict will be able to resist any of these recipes for beverages, breakfast, cakes, cookies, frozen desserts, muffins, pies and tarts, puddings, and sweet endings. Caution each and every recipe calls for chocolate chips along with hand tools, measuring and baking equipment an, of course, proper ingredients (no substitutions please unless indicated). Who can resist all-American favorites like the chocolate malted, chocolate chip hotcakes, and quintessential chocolate cookies, less known restaurant specialties like flourless chocolate midnight cake and banana chip foster sans flame, toothsome adaptations of grandma’s baking like crumb cake muffins and chocolate banana bread pudding, along with no bake specialties like chocolate chip cheese tart and chocolate banana pops?

My Opinion Only:

As I looked through 125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes cover to cover, I was impressed with its recipes. Scratch ingredients, simple instructions, full page color illustrations made my mouth water. One of my favorite desserts is a simple one chocolate pudding. Too bad in taste tests that both canned and instant varieties fail badly. However, this cookbook’s old-fashioned Better-Than-Store-Bought Chocolate Pudding is over the moon. My only regret about this cookbook is I didn’t open it when my grandson was visiting and asked for chocolate syrup in his milk and, alas, I had none! I now know I had all the ingredients for quick and easy dark chocolate syrup in my kitchen cupboard.

About the Author:

Julie Hasson is the author of 9 cookbooks, and has over 20 years of experience in the food industry. She has contributed extensive articles and recipes to Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Vegetarian Times and Family Fun magazines, and is also the host of the popular Internet cooking show “Everyday Dish.” Julie currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she recently launched Julie’s Originals, a line of gluten-free baking mixes.

Here’s a recipe for Frozen Cappuccino, taken from page 118 of the cookbook.

Frozen Cappuccino Recipe

Courtesy of 125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes: Quick, Easy, Fun Ideas by Julie Hasson 2014 © www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

Frozen Cappuccino Recipe

  • Makes about 5 cups (1.25 L)
  • Equipment needed – Ice cream maker

One day my mother called to rave about a sorbet she had had. She went on to describe its flavor, aroma and texture. I never got to taste that sorbet, but I developed this one based entirely upon her colorful description. It is truly heavenly.

Tip – This dessert looks great served in espresso cups. Place espresso cups in the freezer for 30 minutes before you’re ready to serve the dessert. Remove the cups from the freezer and fill with a scoop of frozen cappuccino. A chocolate chip cookie would make a perfect accompaniment to the sorbet.

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened Dutch-process 250 mL
cocoa powder, sifted
3⁄4 cup superfine sugar 175 mL
1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 mL
2 cups hot freshly brewed coffee 500 mL
1⁄2 cup semisweet chocolate chips 125 mL
1⁄2 cup whipping (35%) cream 125 mL
1 tbsp gold rum 15 mL
1 tsp grated orange zest 5 mL
1 tsp vanilla 5 mL
1⁄3 cup miniature semisweet 75 mL
chocolate chips

Instructions

1. In a small bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, sugar and cinnamon.
2. In a large bowl or pitcher, combine hot coffee, chocolate chips, cream, rum, orange zest and vanilla. Whisk in cocoa mixture until smooth.
3. Refrigerate mixture until cold. Pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. When mixture is thick, add miniature chocolate chips. Continue freezing until very thick and frozen.
4. Serve immediately or freeze in an airtight container for up to 1 day.

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Wordless Wednesday: Malificient Evil Within

April 8, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Blu-ray Review – Disney Into the Woods

April 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Into The Woods

Into the Woods

  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2015
  • SMRP: $39.99
  • Studio: Disney
  • Genre: Live action musical fantasy
  • Rating: PG
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Number of discs: 2

Disney Release:

Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch’s (Streep) curse. With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for!

Brief Summary:

Into the Woods is combines several Grimm fairy tales into one story. The baker narrates a twisted story telling that he and his childless wife were cursed by the witch who lives next door. To undo her evil, they had to go into the woods to get her a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn, and a slipper as pure as gold. Only then would she remove the curse so their wish might happen. In their upside-down fractured fairy tale, happy endings come but briefly followed by consequences and by not so happy betrayal, infidelity, and death plot twists.

Bonus Features:

Digital HD/SD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)

  • Never-Before-Seen Sondheim Original Song: “She’ll Be Back”
  • There’s Something About The Woods
  • The Cast As Good As Gold
  • Deeper Into The Woods
  • From Stage To Screen
  • Magic of the Woods
  • Designing the Woods
  • The Costumes of the Woods
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Music & Lyrics
  • 5 Golden Eggs (Easter Eggs)

DVD

  • Deeper Into The Woods
  • Magic of the Woods

My Opinion Only:

PG Into the Woods is not a typical Disney family movie. Casting, costumes and production design are superior. Streep’s performance as a wicked witch is Oscar worthy. Accolades to Johnny Depp in Colleen Atwood’s lupine zoo suit and two holes for furry ears fedora. Who else but him could successfully play creepy, perverted Big Bad Wolf? Audiences beware. In the Woods is a dark, sly postmodern spin on morality, retribution, and revenge. It is also an edgy sad show about life.

This Week’s Winners

April 5, 2015 at 11:55 pm

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Here are the winners of this week’s giveaways. To select the winner of these giveaways I used “Giveaway Tools”, and made sure the comment was eligible.

Krusteaz BreakfastNight prize pack winner – Tree

The Littlest Bunny in ___: An Easter Adventure winner – Shelly L

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