Spiked Mocha Mousse Bars
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2 call-purpose flour
4 Tbspconfectioners' sugar
12 Tbspheavy cream
12 ozbittersweet chocolate chips (i love ghirardelli’s 60% cacao chips)
COFFEE MOUSSE INGREDIENTS:
3 1/2 tspunflavored gelatin
9 Tbspinstant espresso powder
1/2 csweetened condensed milk
6 Tbspbailey’s hazelnut liqueur (or kahlúa)
4 cwell-chilled heavy cream
·chocolate covered espresso beans (optional, for topping)
How to Make Spiked Mocha Mousse Bars
- Make the shortbread crust:
Preheat your oven to 350. Prepare a 9 x 13 in. baking dish with a foil sling.
- Cut the butter into the flour and icing sugar and press into the baking dish (I used a food processor to cut the fat into the flour — about 6 pulses — and then the bottom of a glass to press the mixture into the pan).
- Bake 18-20 minutes or until light brown. Set on a wire rack to cool.
- Make the ganache:
While the shortbread is baking, place the chocolate in a medium bowl.
- Bring the cream to a simmer in a medium saucepan (or microwave it for a couple of minutes).
- Once the cream reaches a simmer, pour the cream over the chocolate and let it stand 1-2 minutes.
- Whisk in small circles until a smooth ganache has formed.
- Set it aside until your crust is finished and has cooled for a few minutes, and then pour it over the crust (it’s okay if it’s not cooled all the way).
- Place the chocolate covered crust in the fridge to chill until the ganache is set into a firm layer.
- Make the coffee mousse:
Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set aside as an ice bath (I just stopped up my sink and used it).
- Place 2 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan and sprinkle the envelopes of gelatin evenly over the top.
- Let it soften for 2 minutes.
- Add in the sweetened condensed milk and instant espresso powder.
- Heat the mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved and the mixture is smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat, whisk in the Bailey’s (or Kahlua), and then transfer the saucepan to the ice bath.
- Cool, whisking frequently, until the mixture is cold and thick.
- In the meantime, whip the chilled heavy cream to stiff peaks.
- Stir about 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cold espresso mixture to lighten it up.
- Then pour this mixture into your remaining whipped cream, folding it in gently until there are no streaks.
- Pour this mixture over your chilled ganache.
- Chill the entire dessert until it’s set up nicely (a few hours).
- Lift the bars out of the pan, slice into 18 servings, top each bar with a chocolate covered espresso bean, and serve.