Easy Chocolate Mousse

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 40 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

4 large egg yolks

3 tablespoons granulated sugar 

2 1/2 cups heavy cream

6 ounces good quality semisweet chocolate, chopped 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Pinch kosher salt 

2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar 

8 chocolate covered almonds, roughly chopped 

Directions

Special equipment:
a piping bag
  1. Beat the egg yolks and granulated sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high heat speed until thick and bright yellow.
  2. Heat 1 cup cream in a medium saucepan until just at a simmer, then slowly whisk about half of the hot cream into the yolk-sugar mixture to temper it. Slowly add the remaining hot cream, then transfer the mixture back to the saucepan and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes (do not boil).
  3. Add the semisweet chocolate to a bowl and slowly pour the egg-sugar-cream mixture over it. Stir until the chocolate is smooth and melted, then add the vanilla and salt. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.
  4. Beat the the confectioners' sugar with the remaining 1 1/2 cups cream in a bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until it just holds stiff peaks. Reserve 1/2 cup for garnish. Gently but thoroughly fold the remaining whipped cream into the chocolate mixture. Spoon the mousse into a piping bag, then pipe the mousse into 6 teacups. Dollop the reserved whipped cream on top and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Sprinkle with chopped chocolate covered almonds and serve.