Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and I’m sure those of you who are in relationships are busy planning your itineraries for the most romantic day of the year. I feel like nobody really wins on Valentine’s Day – if you’re in a long-term relationship, you have to worry about making sure your gift tops last year’s gift. If you’re in a new relationship, you have to worry about whether your gift is too extravagant. And if you’re single, you might not celebrate at all. I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day because it seems like it requires grand romantic gestures to prove that one loves another person. Maybe a romantic hot air balloon ride over wine country? A .75 carat diamond ring hidden in a chocolate lava cake? Or a mariachi band serenade on the beach? Count me out.
So what’s my favorite gift to give and receive on Valentine’s Day? Something homemade of course! Sometimes the most romantic gestures are also the simplest, like a homemade mix-tape, a handwritten love letter, or a special dinner made just for two, which of course requires a delicious dessert like mocha chocolate mousse. This recipe for mocha chocolate mousse is everything you want in a dessert – it’s decadent, easy to make, and sure to impress. Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with friends, family, or that special someone, a simple sweet dessert will be the cherry on top to the best gift of all – your presence!
Mocha Chocolate Mousse (Yield: 4 servings)
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons espresso
3 ounces dark chocolate
2 egg yolks
1 ½ tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons Baileys Irish cream (optional)
4 tablespoons mascarpone, or cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
- Beat the heavy cream in a small bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside and chill in refrigerator.
- Heat the chocolate in a double boiler, stirring constantly until melted. Mix in espresso and remove from heat.
- Whisk egg yolks, sugar, and Baileys Irish cream on low heat until frothy. Mix in vanilla and mascarpone. When well-combined, add the mixture to the melted chocolate and stir.
- Fold half of the chilled whipped cream into the chocolate/mascarpone mixture, then fold in the remaining half, making sure not to overmix. Pour the mixture into serving glasses and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Top with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings right before serving.