This is part of my 2021 Christmas Eve Dinner, a gourmet feast I have made every year since 2010 (except 2020). I started this tradition with my wife and in-laws, and it has grown to include my children and my parents when they moved to be closer to me in 2016. This year's dessert is a delightful chocolate mousse!
- Chocolate Mousse
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 oz chocolate, milk or dark, broken into small pieces
- ¼ cup heavy cream, hot
- 6 raspberries, to garnish
- 2 sprigs mint, to garnish
- Scottish Shortbread
- 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
- 2 sticks (230 grams) quality unsalted butter, cubed and softened at room temperature (the better the butter, the better the shortbread)
- 1/2 cup (120 grams) caster sugar, or "baker's sugar" in the U.S. (if you can't find any simply pulse granulated sugar in a blender until very fine. Do NOT use powdered sugar)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, combine the heavy cream and the sugar, beating with an electric mixer until soft peaks form when lifted from the bowl. Set aside two large spoonfuls of the whipped cream to garnish with at the end.
- Whisk the chocolate and hot cream in a separate bowl until smooth, then fold in the mixture into the cream with a spatula until no streaks remain.
- Split the chocolate cream mixture evenly between two martini glasses or your serving dish of choice, then chill for at least
- For the shortbread, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Butter a 8x8 or 9x9 inch square baking pan. You can also use a round cake can and cut the shortbread into triangles.
- Place the caster sugar, flour, salt, and butter in a food processor and pulse until it's combined and looks like coarse breadcrumbs but is soft and pliable and comes together in dough when you press it together between your fingers. If it's too dry and crumbly it needs to be pulsed a bit longer. (If using any add-ins, stir them in at this point.)
- Pour the mixture into the greased baking pan. Use your fingers and hands to firmly press down the mixture. Note: If the mixture is too dry to work with, including pricking with a fork (see below), then it was not pulsed long enough in the food processor.
Optional: Prick the shortbread with the tines of a fork, creating rows. Some people also like run a knife between each row of fork tines to make cutting the shortbread easier after it's baked. You can also prick the shortbread with a fork immediately after it is done baking while it is still warm; the holes will be more pronounced this way as they have a tendency to close during baking.
- Place the shortbread on the middle rack and bake for 30-35 minutes or until light golden and firm. Let cool.
- Cut and serve.
- Garnish the mousse with a spoonful of whipped cream, raspberries, mint, and the shortbread cookie. Enjoy!