Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Almost Homemade Chocolate Mousse

After Husband's cake disaster, I needed to think of another dessert for his actual birthday. Preferably, something that wouldn't fall apart and/or leave me in tears. This one came about from the following conversation:

Me: So what do you want for your birthday dessert?
Husband: Pudding.
Me: Like....banana pudding?
H: No, like just regular pudding.
Me: Um...
H: Chocolate pudding.
Me: Are you just saying that because we have a box of chocolate pudding in the pantry?
H: No.
Me: Right. How about chocolate mousse?
H: Whatever...
Me: (Sigh)......

So I remembered this delicious Amaretto Chocolate Mousse that my mom used to make when we had company, and I decided to give it a whirl. It's one of those that made guests think she'd been slaving in the kitchen for hours when really it only took about 15 minutes.My version was more like what I like to call a "progressive recipe". I just kept adding stuff to it until I felt like it was ready. The result? Well, let's just say...I won't tell about the boxed pudding if you won't.

Amaretto Chocolate Mousse

1 pkg Chocolate Pudding Mix (Instant)
1 pkg Cool Whip, thawed
1 1/2 cups cold milk
1/4 cup Amaretto
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Mix chocolate pudding mix and milk according to the directions on the package. Fold in thawed Cool Whip. Pour in Amaretto, mixing well. In a small bowl, beat whipping cream with a hand mixer until stiffened, about 2-3 minutes. Fold into pudding mixture. Stir in cocoa powder and mix well. Cover and chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour. Pour into martini glasses or tea cups and serve.

Serves 4.

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