Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha

The Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha is almost everyone's favorite seasonal holiday Starbuck's beverage. I haven't met a single person who didn't love it. Since I've been baking/selling cookies for some extra holiday cash, I'm actually really sick of cookies. I'm actually really sick of dessert in general, but I still wanted to make something really special for my family that they would love. 
Although this dessert looks really complicated, it's actually the easiest little thing to make. The only work you really have to do it melt stuff. Easy, right? 

To make this decadent little delight, you will need:

1 package of phyllo dough (you can find it where the frozen pastries are)
1 stick melted butter (you probably won't need it all)
2-1/2 cups heavy cream
12 oz white chocolate (try not to use chocolate chips as they have stabilizers and are difficult to melt)
1 cup blanched slivered almonds toasted+chopped (5 mins in the oven!)
 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract 
nutella (oh yeah)
1 bar dark chocolate

For the phyllo cups: Preheat the oven to 350F. Take one sheet of the phyllo and brush it with the melted butter. Lay another sheet on top of that and repeat until you have 4 sheets on top of each other with butter on top. Cut into 6 squares and tuck them into a muffin tin so they form little cups. Repeat so you end up with 12 phyllo cups. Place phyllo muffin tin in the oven for about 10 minutes or until they're golden brown. Let cool and set aside.
For mousse:  Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. Once melted, mix in the chopped almonds. Take it off the heat and let it cool until it's just slightly warm to the touch. 
 Whip the heavy cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Fold half of it into the slightly warm white chocolate mixture. Fold the other half of the whipped cream in. Refrigerate overnight.  
For Fancy Chocolate Curls: Place bar of chocolate in the microwave for a few seconds, just until it's warm enough for make a fingerprint when you touch it, not melted. Use a sharp knife or a potato peeler to shave off some lovely curls.
 To assemble: Place a small spoonful of nutella into the bottom of a phyllo cup. Fill it with the mousse.  Top with chocolate curls.

There you have it. A really simple to make dessert that is delicious and will definitely impress the in laws! It looks like a lot of effort, but it isn't. I think that alone makes it wonderful. You can omit the peppermint if you don't like mint, and it's still delicious.