As we have mentioned (repeatedly) my birthday was last week. The best part about birthdays is all the dessert. While in Washington DC we visited cupcake shop after cupcake shop. But it was ok because it was a birthday trip. Birthdays and birthday trips are meant for splurges. Once I got home the celebration continued. Since it was my birthday I got to decide what dessert we were going to make over the weekend. I’ve only ever had the box mix chocolate mousse and I thought that was pretty darn good. So I knew that homemade chocolate mousse would be to die for.And I was right. I looked at a few different recipes but ultimately decided to go with a recipe from David Lebovitz, originally from Julia Child. I mean really, how could I go wrong? I believe that the Julia Child recipe called for orange liqueur, and David used rum, but I had neither. I did however have amaretto, so I went with it. It is only 2 tablespoons so it is not a very strong flavor but I think the amaretto worked just fine. One thing that I always have problems with is either turning my eggs into scrambled eggs or undercooking them. In this case I undercooked them and my mousse did not get as thick as I would have liked. So don’t undercook your eggs! I worry I will scramble them and then end up with eggs that are not as thick as they should be. It’s a fine line; one that I haven’t quite mastered yet. Someday!I chose to make this for my birthday but it would be a great dessert to make for Valentine’s Day. It would be perfect with some strawberries or raspberries. For any guys out there, this would be a great way to impress the lady in your life! We didn’t have any fruit so we served it with some cute peeps I got while in Maryland. They have a whole peeps store. Who knew there was such a thing? The ones pictured are strawberry cream marshmallow chicks dipped in milk chocolate. Seriously, does it get any cuter?
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