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Spiced Chocolate Mousse (Serves 4)
7 ounces dark chocolate (70% to 80% cacao preferred), chopped
4 eggs, separated, at room temperature
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
½ cup crème fraîche
Zest of 1 orange
Zest of 1 lemon
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a double boiler insert set over barely simmering water, melt the chocolate, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat and let the chocolate cool slightly. It should feel warm but not hot to the touch.
Meanwhile, place the egg whites and a pinch of sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk for 2 to 3 minutes on medium-high speed while gradually incorporating half of the sugar. When the egg whites almost form stiff peaks, add the remaining sugar and beat until glossy. Remove the whipped egg whites and place in a large bowl. Clean the mixing bowl and add the crème fraîche, citrus zests, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and egg yolks and mix for 20 seconds on medium-high speed. Add the warm chocolate and beat until smooth.
Carefully fold the chocolate mixture into the egg whites and gently mix. Serve, garnished with additional crème fraîche and orange zest, if desired, or refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve. This may be made 1 day in advance (let stand at room temperature 20 minutes before serving if chilled).
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