The French are well known for their elegant chocolate desserts, each one more elaborate then the next. But some of the most popular French chocolate dessert recipes are very quick and easy to prepare. Either one of these chocolaty treats would be fit to serve company, but no need to wait until you’re entertaining to give them a try.
Please note that although they are simple to make, these French chocolate desserts require the best ingredients possible, especially for the chocolate, which should be a good quality baking chocolate. Also, do make these desserts ahead of time so they have enough time to chill before serving.
Tarte a la Ganache
- 1 9 inch pre-baked tart or pie shell
- 10 ounces good quality, sweet, dark chocolate
- 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a sturdy, heat resistant mixing bowl.
Pour the cream into a small saucepan and warm on medium heat. Remove from heat as soon as it comes to a boil.
Pour the hot cream on top of the chocolate and cover the mixing bowl with a plate. Let it sit for five minutes.
Using a wooden spoon stir the chocolate and cream until completely mixed. Pour into the pie shell.
Refrigerate your tart for at least an hour before eating. You can decorate it just before serving with colored candies, chocolate curls and/or whipped cream..
Makes 8 servings
Mousse Au Chocolate
- 8 ounces good quality dark cooking chocolate
- 6 eggs, at room temperature
- whipped cream (optional)
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
Separate the eggs into two large bowls.
Beat the egg whites until very stiff.
Stir the melted chocolate into the egg yolks, beating vigorously until the mixture is smooth.
Stir one third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and mix until thoroughly blended.
Carefully fold in the rest of the egg whites.
Spoon the mousse into individual parfait glasses, chill and serve with whipped cream and shaved chocolate if you wish.
4 to 6 servings
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