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October 2004 Issue
The Essential Eating Well Cookbook
by Ronda L. Halpin
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Chocolate-0range Silk Mousse

Intense, heavenly chocolate is all you'll think about when you taste this dessert, though it's packed with all the good things found in tofu. Make sure the tofu is gossamer-smooth before adding the chocolate mixture.
  • 1 12.3-ounce package reduced-fat silken tofu (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 ounces good-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup chocolate wafer crumbs (3 ounces) (see Notes)
Nutritional Note: Many commercial cookies and wafers contain partially hydrogenated oil, a source of trans-fatty acids. Fortunately, brands made without these oils, such as Newman's Own Organics and Mi-Del, are every bit as tasty. Look for them in the natural foods section of large supermarkets.
  1. Puree tofu in a food processor, scraping down the sides as needed, until completely smooth.

  2. Combine chocolate and cocoa in a medium bowl. Add boiling water and stir with a wooden spoon until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla and orange zest. Mix in confectioners' sugar, a little at a time, until smooth. Add the chocolate mixture to the processor; puree until smooth and well blended, scraping down the sides as needed.

    [To make wafer crumbs: Place wafers in a ziplock plastic bag, seal and crush with a rolling pin. Alternatively, pulse wafers in a food processor.]

  3. Spoon about 2 teaspoons chocolate crumbs into each of 5 parfait glasses or dessert dishes. Add about 1/4 cup mousse, then layer with another 2 teaspoons crumbs. Top with another 1/4 cup mousse and finish with a sprinkling of crumbs. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Makes 5 servings, about 1/2 cup each.
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes | Start to Finish: 1 1/2 Hours | To Make Ahead: The Mousse will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days | Ease of Preparation: Easy
  • Per Serving: 266 Calories; 9 g Fat (4 g sat, 0 g mono); 1 mg Cholesterol; 42 g Carbohydrate; 8 g Protein; 4 g Fiber; 125 mg Sodium.
  • Nutritional Bonus: 16% DV Fiber.
 

For those looking for a way to get past the diet craze, The Essential Eating Well Cookbook provides great dishes for a lifetime of healthy eating that you'll appreciate.

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