January 01, 2012

Welcome to 2012!

New Years Eve is generally a disappointing night for me.  I rarely have big plans.  This may stem from the fact that as a child I used to always get sick right before New Years and end up spending it with a fever, on the couch, watching Blues Brothers.  I think that tainted my NYE experience early on and I just never recovered from it.

Instead of going out and doing fancy things, I've frequently settled for making a nice dinner at home and drinking large amounts of wine until everything seems ok :) 

This year I went to my parents house where I shared dinner with them and some of their friends.  To finish off a wonderful meal of lobster, I made these Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse with Frangelico Soaked Cherries, topped with a Ferrero Rocher.

NYE may not have been an extravagant night out, but it was a decadent night in.  Here's to 2012 being a fabulous year for everyone!

(No recipe for the cherries, I just cooked some pitted bing cherries, with a little sugar, a little cornstarch and finished it with frangelico).

Chocolate Mousse, (Adapted from What Megan's Cooking)

8 oz of hazelnut chocolate bar, (I used Ritter Sport dark hazelnut chocolate bar) coarsely chopped
1/2 cup water, divided
2 tablespoons butter (no substitutes)
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups whipping cream; whipped with 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract until stiff peaks form

In a microwave or double boiler, heat chocolate, 1/4 cup water and butter until the chocolate and butter are melted. Cool for 10 minutes.
In a small heavy saucepan, whisk egg yolks, sugar and remaining water. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160 degrees F, about 1-2 minutes. (*It took me closer to 10 minutes). Remove from the heat; whisk in chocolate mixture.
Set saucepan in ice and stir until cooled, about 5-10 minutes. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into dessert dishes and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.


K and S said...

happy 2012!

bellini said...

New Years Eve is whatever we make it and it sounds like you had a special time. May 2012 be filled with all the comforts of home.

Eri said...

Happy New Year! Your dessert must be amazing, I love the combination of flavors! I like quiet New Years Eve better..

LyB said...

Happy New Year to you! My kids tend to get sick around the holidays too, I think they're just overtired from school and really need to relax and take things easy. But, it does make for a quiet New Year's Eve. That dessert looks absolutely fantastic, definitely a special occasion recipe!

Mini Baker said...

just found your blog! so glad i did--- this recipe look delish!! xoxo,
mini baker

cessione del quinto said...

i want to eat your dessert.......happy 2012!!
Sara cessione quinto