Chocolate mousse with a touch of beer – trust the chef!

In anticipation of Father’s Day, I’ve been sharing recipes that feature beer as an integral ingredient. Let’s wrap up our beer-inspired recipes with a chocolate mousse. Beer gives this smooth chocolate dessert richness and depth of flavour.
Chocolate dessert
Chocolate Mousse
Makes 6 servings

This recipe is simple and easy and uses all the ingredients you usually have on hand.

The beer,  like a shot of espresso, enhances the richness of the chocolate.

1 cup     chocolate chips, semi sweet

1   tsp     vanilla 

4            eggs, separated

¼  cup    beer (rich dark stout such as Guinness)

1   tbsp   butter

3   tbsp   sugar

  1. Combine the chocolate, butter, vanilla and coffee in a heatproof bowl and set the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Heat the chocolate mixture until the chocolate is almost completely melted, stirring occasionally. (or heat in microwave for 1 minute). 
  2. Remove the bowl from the heat and stir until the mixture is smooth. Set aside and let cool to near room temperature.
  3. Beat the egg whites with sugar on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. The egg white mixture should be thick and smooth.
  4. Whisk the egg yolks until they are smooth and form a ribbon when poured off of a spoon. Stir the beaten egg yolks into the cooled chocolate mixture. 
  5. Add one third of the whipped egg whites to the bowl with the chocolate and egg yolks and fold gently to lighten up the mixture. Fold in the remaining egg whites gently with a spatula just until the chocolate mixture and egg whites are fully combined.
  6. Pour into individual serving dishes and chill until you’re ready to serve the mousse.

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