- 1-1/4 cups chocolate wafer crumbs (about 25 wafers)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
- 4 squares (1 ounce each) bittersweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
- 4 squares (1 ounce each) white baking chocolate
- 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup half-and-half cream, warmed
- 1-3/4 cups whipping cream
- Semisweet chocolate chips, melted and Chocolate Almond Pincones (recipe also in Recipe Finder), optional
- Combine the first three ingredients; press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes. Cool. Place each flavor of chocolate in a separate bowl; set aside. In another bowl, sprinkle gelatin over water; let stand for 1 minute or until softened.
- In a small mixing bowl, beat egg yolks on high speed for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually whisk in half-and-half. Transfer to a saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until a thermometer reads 160° and mixture has thickened, about 3 minutes.
- Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Immediately pour a third of the egg mixture over each flavor of chocolate; quickly stir each until melted. Cool for 10 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold a third of the whipped cream into each bowl. Pour bittersweet chocolate mixture into prepared pan. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes. Repeat with milk chocolate mixture, then white chocolate mixture.
- To serve, carefully run a sharp a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Remove side of pan. Garnish if desired by drizzling with melted chocolate to create pine boughs and topping with chocolate Almond Pinecones. Yield: 16 servings.
Reviews forChocolate Mousse Torte
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