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Chocolate Almond Mousse Napoleons Recipe

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The chocolate almond mousse is creamy and delicious. You can also serve it in parfait glasses with a crisp cookie.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 to 5 teaspoons half-and-half cream
  • 3 tablespoons semisweet chocolate, melted

Directions

  1. Place one phyllo sheet on work surface; keep remaining phyllo sheets covered with plastic wrap and damp towel. Brush phyllo with melted butter; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Top with second phyllo sheet. Brush with butter; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Repeat with third phyllo sheet, butter and sugar. Cut stack into twelve 3-in. squares. Transfer stacks to a greased baking sheet, about 1 in. apart. Repeat with remaining 3 phyllo sheets, butter and sugar. Bake at 350° for 8-9 minutes or until golden brown. Watch carefully. Cool on wire racks.
  2. For filling, heat cream in a saucepan over medium heat until cream begins to simmer, about 160°; remove from the heat. Whisk in chocolate and extract until smooth; refrigerate until chilled. In a bowl, beat cream mixture until soft peaks form. Refrigerate until serving.
  3. For glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and salt. Add enough cream to achieve a spreading consistency. Spread over 8 squares of phyllo. Drizzle with melted chocolate chips. Set aside until serving.
  4. To serve, spread about 1/4 cup chocolate almond mousse over a square of phyllo. Add a second phyllo square and more mousse. Top with one of the glaze squares. Repeat with remaining phyllo, mousse and glazed phyllo. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Almond Mousse Napoleons in Complete Guide to Baking 2004, p207

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