Chocolate-Topped Peanut Butter Mousse
The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is a childhood favorite. This sophisticated comfort dessert is perfect for grownups, too.
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cups low-fat (1%) milk
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 teaspoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate or hazelnut liqueur
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup evaporated low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 teaspoons minced peanuts

1. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, 1/2 cup of the low-fat milk, and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg. Set both bowls aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining 1 cup low-fat milk, 1/4 cup brown sugar, the peanut butter, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the hot milk mixture and cook, whisking, until thickened, about 5 minutes.

3. Gradually whisk some of the hot milk mixture into the beaten egg, then whisk the warmed egg mixture back into the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate liqueur. Let cool to room temperature.

4. Meanwhile, place the water in a small heatproof bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over, and let stand until softened, about 4 minutes. Set the bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water and stir until the gelatin dissolves, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

5. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the evaporated milk and sour cream until foamy. Gradually add the granulated sugar and beat until thickened. Beat in the dissolved gelatin until well combined.

6. Fold the evaporated milk mixture into the peanut butter mixture, spoon into 4 bowls, and chill until set, about 2 hours. Serve the mousse drizzled with the melted chocolate and sprinkled with chopped peanuts.

Nutritional Information
Per serving: 330 calories, 7.9g total fat (3.2g saturated), 62mg cholesterol, .8g dietary fiber (.1g soluble), 55g carbohydrate, 9g protein, 295mg sodium.
Good source of: calcium, riboflavin.

Date Published: 09/19/2005 > Printer-friendly Version

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