It’s officially strawberry season, my daughter and I picked almost 20 pounds of ’em over the weekend! This is one of my favorite summer desserts because it’s light, easy to make and has a great presentation. I found it on Allrecipes.com at least nine years ago and have made it so many times since then. Make sure you have about a dozen berries that are uniform in size and color.
Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Dessert
1 1/4 c chocolate cookies with cream, ground
3T butter, melted
2 pints fresh strawberries, halved
2 c semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c water
2T light corn syrup
2 1/2 c heavy cream, divided (1 pint)
1 T powdered sugar
Combine the cookie crumbs with the melted butter and press firmly into a 9 inch springform pan. Line the pan with the strawberries, standing them with the points up and cut sides out against the side of the pan. Set aside.
Place the chocolate chips into a blender. Put the water and corn syrup on boil in a sauce pan, then simmer for one minute. Pour the mixture into the blender and blend the chocolate until smooth. Pour into a mixing bowl and allow to cool.
In a separate bowl, mix 1 1/2c of the whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Gradually add the cream into the cooled chocolate, folding gently. Transfer the mousse into the pan and smooth the top, the strawberries may be showing still. Whip the remaining 1 c of cream with the sugar and smooth over the top. Refrigerate a couple of hours before serving. Remove the springform sides of the pan before serving.