• 2servings

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Nutrition Info . . .

VitaminsH, D
MineralsFluorine, Calcium, Cobalt

Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1/2 cup sugar

  2. 1/2 cup water

  3. 1/4 cup kumquats (about 6), sliced thin and seeded

  4. 2 teaspoons Grand Marnier

  5. 2 tablespoons fresh or unthawed frozen cranberries, sliced thin

  6. 1/4 cup water

  7. 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

  8. 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder

  9. 2 large eggs, separated

  10. 4 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened)

  11. 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter

  12. 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

  13. 6 tablespoons sugar

  14. 1/3 cup well-chilled heavy cream

  15. 1/2 tablespoon sugar

  16. 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder

  17. Accompaniment: Phyllo Pecan Crisps

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Make sauce:

  2. In a small saucepan simmer sugar, water, and kumquats until reduced to about 2/3 cup and stir in Grand Marnier. Cool sauce to room temperature and stir in cranberries. Sauce may be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered.

  3. Make mousse:

  4. Have ready an instant-read thermometer in a cup of very hot water. In a small bowl stir together 1/4 cup water, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and yolks until smooth. In a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water melt bittersweet chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Stir cocoa mixture into chocolate mixture and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove bowl from pan and check temperature, tilting bowl to cover thermometer tip by a least 2 inches. If temperature is less than 160°F., rinse thermometer and return to cup. Check temperature every 30 seconds until thermometer registers 160°F. Remove bowl from pan, reserving simmering water over heat, and cool chocolate mixture to room temperature.

  5. Clean thermometer and put in a clean cup of very hot water. In another metal bowl stir together whites, cream of tartar, and sugar with a rubber spatula and put bowl over pan of reserved simmering water. Cook mixture, stirring constantly with rubber spatula (to keep mixture as froth-free as possible), checking temperature in same manner, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thermometer registers 160°F. and remove from heat. Beat mixture with am electric mixer until cool and meringue holds stiff peaks.

  6. Gently fold chocolate mixture into meringue until combined well and chill 15 minutes, or until just firm enough to hold its shape when piped. Spoon mousse into a pastry bag fitted with 1/2-inch star tip and pipe about 1/2 cup mousse onto each of 2 dessert plates in a mound 2 1/2 inches in diameter and 2 inches high. Mousse may be piped onto plates 1 day ahead and chilled, covered loosely with plastic wrap.

  7. Make espresso cream:

  8. In a bowl with a whisk or cleaned beaters beat together espresso cream ingredients until cream just holds stiff peaks. Espresso cream may be made 2 hours ahead and chilled, covered.

  9. Assemble desserts:

  10. Dollop half of espresso cream on top of each serving of mousse and lean 2 or 3 crisps against mousse. Spoon sauce around desserts.


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