Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CHOCOLATE, ESPRESSO & BRANDY SYLLABUB

Syllabub is a mousse-like dessert popular in Europe in the 16th through the 19th centuries. The dessert is made with wine, cider, or brandy. I added espresso to give it an Italian flavor and chocolate. . .because it made it even better!!



½ cup (125 ml) hot espresso
¼ cup (60 ml) dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips  
½ cup (125 ml) granulated or light brown sugar
½ cup (125 ml) brandy  
Grated zest of 1 orange
2 cups (500 ml) heavy whipping cream
Orange zest strips, for garnish

In a small bowl, combine the hot espresso, chocolate, sugar, orange zest, and brandy.
Stir well, cover with plastic wrap and let sit on counter until cool.

When espresso mixture is cool, pour heavy cream into a large bowl and whip until medium-firm peaks form.
Spoon out about ½ cup (125 ml) of the whipped cream into another bowl, to use for garnish.
Slowly mix the coffee mixture into the large bowl of whipped cream.
Spoon into glasses and refrigerate until well chilled.
Top with a dollop of whipped cream and orange zest strips.

Serves 4 to 6 (depending upon the size of your serving glasses)

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