HAPPY NEW YEAR, my dear friends! Your continued support is such a blessing…and I appreciate all your kind words and comments. Here’s to another year filled with decadent treats and and oodles of chocolate!
This virtual party is being hosted by Sanjeeta kk, a sweet blogger friend. We were asked to link some of our favorite recipes of 2011 and honor some of our most influential blogger friends as we ring in 2012.
Here are four of my four most popular recipes from this 2011:
And finally, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies~
And I almost hate to start listing blogger friends, as so many have been influential…here are just four of many:
Lizzie, of Food and Thrift Finds, was my first friend on foodbuzz, showing me the ropes and encouragement…and still dear to me after 1 1/2 years of blogging.
Claudia, of What’s Cookin Italian Style Cuisine, who between working full time and writing 2 blogs, still has time to comment, encourage and answer my questions!
Kim, of Cravings of a Lunatic, and I became fast friends earlier this year. Her hilarious blog keeps me giggling…and my mouth watering with her fabulous recipes. And even though we are about the same age, I am looking into adopting her.
Ramona, of Curry and Comfort, is another sweetheart. She is so kind and genuine…and another friend who has helped me with blogging/computer questions.
And finally, here is the dessert we shared on Christmas. “Incredible,” was the first word out of Bill’s mouth…and he claimed not to like ladyfinger desserts before tasting this one. It’s really quite simple to whip up…I might even up the amount of whipped cream icing next time to make it nice and billowy. It was the perfect way to end our holiday meal~
Chocolate Mousse Cake…recipe courtesy of Sue Thomson
Two 3 ounce packages of ladyfingers
18 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup powdered sugar
7 egg yolks (pasteurized eggs preferred)
5 egg whites
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Raspberries or chocolate curls to garnish
Split ladyfingers and arrange on the bottom of a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan lined on all sides with either parchment or non-stick foil. Trim ladyfingers to fill any empty spots. Set aside.
Melt chocolate with 3 tablespoons of water in microwave. Start, stop and stir at 30 second intervals till chocolate is melted and smooth. Mixture will be thick. Stir in powdered sugar, egg yolks and vanilla. Beat till smooth. Allow to cool.
Beat the egg whites till soft peaks form. Mix some of the whipped egg whites into chocolate mixture, then fold and mix in the rest till completely combined. Spread half of this chocolate mousse over the ladyfingers, then place a second layer of ladyfingers over the mousse. Top with the remaining mousse and then another layer of ladyfingers. Cover with foil or plastic wrap. Chill at least 6 hours or overnight.
To serve, whip heavy cream with powdered sugar and vanilla. Invert pan onto a serving plate and remove foil or parchment. Frost cake with whipped cream and garnish with berries or chocolate curls.