Marlene Sorosky's Chocolate Peppermint Angel Dessert

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READY IN: 4hrs 45mins
SERVES: 8-10
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1 12
    cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, about 9 ounces
  • 2
    tablespoons sugar
  • 2
    tablespoons milk
  • 14
    teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3
    large eggs, separated and at room temperature
  • 2
    cups whipping cream
  • 1
    (10 inch) white angel food cake (may be homemade or store-bought)
  • 1
    cup whipping cream (to garnish) (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Stir chocolate chips, sugar, milk and mint extract in top of a double boiler over simmering water until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat.
  • Whisk egg yolks in a small bowl until blended; whisk into chocolate. Beat egg whites in medium-size bowl with electric mixer on low speed until foamy. Beat on high speed until soft, rounded peaks form. Spoon over chocolate without mixing.
  • Beat cream in same mixing bowl on low speed until thickened. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Fold chocolate and egg-white mixture into whipped cream until no streaks of white remain.
  • Cut angel-food cake into 1-inch pieces. Place layer of cake pieces on bottom of an 8- x 3-inch springform pan. (Or you may use an 8-1/ x 2-inch springform pan.) You'll use half the cake. Top with half the mousse. repeat a second layer of cake and remaining mousse in the same manner.
  • Smooth top evenly with a spatula. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The dessert may be refrigerated up to 2 days, or it may be frozen, covered with plastic wrap and foil, if desired. Defrost wrapped cake in refrigerator overnight.
  • To serve: several hours before serving, remove sides of springform pan. Beat remaining whipping cream until stiff. Spoon into pastry bag fitted with 1-inch rosette or star tip and pipe rows of whipped cream going up the sides and 1 rosette in the center. Or, spread whipped cream over top and sides, if desired. Chill at least 4 hours.
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