Girls’ night desserts

What do you have planned for this weekend? I am spending some time with a few of my girlfriends and have invited them over to discuss a book that we have all been reading. Whenever I invite my friends to my home, I always make a new dessert and ask my friends to help make it. There is something so lovely about baking and cooking with loved ones, and I can’t wait to try out these two new recipes.

One of my best friends loves chocolate, so I settled on the perfect recipe to satisfy her sweet tooth. This chocolate mousse recipe creates the silkiest and smoothest chocolate mousse in a few minutes.

Ingredients

  • 9.35 ounces of chopped bittersweet chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 1 c. water
  • 4 tbsp. sugar (optional)

Place chocolate and water (and sugar) in a pan on medium heat and stir until melted.  Fill a bowl with ice and water and place a larger bowl on top of the smaller bowl so that the ice touches the bottom of the larger bowl. Pour the chocolate into the larger bowl and whisk until it thickens. Serve immediately.

Note: Try not to over do it with whisking the mousse. The chocolate will become grainy and the texture will be off. If you notice a bit of graininess, reheat the chocolate until half of it melts and whisk again.

When I eat desserts, I like something that is lighter and refreshing. When I am in the mood for something a bit more savory, I love making these grilled mascarpone peaches with bourbon caramel.

Ingredients

Bourbon Caramel

  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. bourbon
  • ½ c. heavy cream
  • ¼ c. water
  • ½ tsp. sea salt

Mascarpone Peaches

  • 4 peaches
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Combine water and sugar in a pot over medium heat and bring to a rapid simmer. Swirl (don’t stir!) the contents until the sugar dissolves and continue to let the mixture simmer until the color is a light brown. Turn off the heat and slowly stir in cream before adding salt and bourbon. Stir until the consistency is smooth. In a bowl, stir the mascarpone and vanilla and set aside for later. Slice peaches in half and remove the seeds before lightly brushing the peaches with canola oil. Place the peaches cut side down on the grill for 3-5 minutes or until they are warm and lightly grilled. Scoop the mascarpone into the peaches and drizzle the caramel sauce on top.

 

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