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Abuelita Chocolate Mousse with Toasted Quinoa

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Welcome to Abuelita Chocolate and quinoa heaven.

Abuelita Chocolate is as Mexican as you can possibly get, as far as chocolates go. I don't know who that abuelita is on the packaging, but she instantly reminds me of Mexican hot chocolate and other chocolatey desserts! For this chocolate mousse recipe I first made a ganache. Ganache is a glaze, icing, sauce, or filling for pastries made from chocolate and cream. The trick is to chop the chocolate into smaller pieces so it melts easily. Heat it up but make sure it does not boil!

Basically, this recipe is a delicious Mexican chocolate mousse, topped with toasted quinoa to give it a little crunch. Yes, please! It's an easy dessert to put together. You just need six ingredients and about an hour, with only 20 minutes' cook time. Quinoa isn't a Mexican ingredient, but I love it as an earthier type of crumble or topping.

It's a great dessert to make for parties, as you can serve them in small, portable cups. Enjoy!


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  1. Whisk together egg yolks, 2 tablespoons sugar, vanilla, 3/4 cup heavy cream and the chopped chocolate. Cook over medium-low heat in a medium saucepan, stirring until chocolate melts (do not boil).
  2. Remove from heat, strain into a bowl and chill until cool.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat remaining 1 1/4 cups heavy cream with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar until stiff peaks form.
  4. Stir 1/3 of whipped cream into cooled custard mixture, then gently fold in the rest with a rubber spatula.
  5. Chill covered for 1 hour before serving.
  6. Bring a pan to medium heat and add the quinoa. Toast it for 3-4 minutes or until brown.
  7. When ready to eat, spoon the mousse into serving dishes, top with toasted quinoa and enjoy.
Toasted Quinoa
  1. Cook the quinoa in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring the pan occasionally, until it is toasted. It will make small popping sounds as it's almost done!
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