9 ounces Couverture or best-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons espresso or other strong coffee
1 stick (1/2 cup) softened unsalted butter, cut into bits
4 large egg yolks
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons fine granulated sugar or instant sugar
4 tablespoons coffee flavored liqueur
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
Creme Anglaise or lightly whipped sweetened cream as an accompaniment
In the top of a double boiler set over simmering water combine the chocolate and the espresso. Heat the mixture, stirring, until just melted. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the butter, a little at a time, until smooth.
In a bowl with an electric mixer beat the yolks with 2/3 cup of the sugar until the mixture ribbons. Beat in the coffee-flavored liqueur. Set the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water and beat for 3-4 minutes, or until mixture is foamy and very hot to the touch. Beat over cold water for 3-4 minutes until mixture is cool and forms a ribbon. Mixture should have consistency of mayonnaise. Whisk yolk mixture into chocolate mixture.
In a bowl with an electric mixer beat the cream with the remaining sugar until it is firm but not dry. Stir one-fourth of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture and gently but thoroughly fold in the remaining whipped cream.
Transfer the mousse to a serving bowl, serve immediately or chill it, covered, briefly. Serve with Creme Anglaise or whipped cream. Drink: Coffee
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