Friday, December 20, 2013

Rich and Creamy Peppermint Bark Dessert in Cute Little Mason Jars - Flourless Chocolate Cake, White Chocolate Mousse, Peppermint Bits

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Holiday Dessert made using Eggland's Best Eggs plus a GIVEAWAY. 

Peppermint Bark is a holiday favorite and I knew I'd be making some this Christmas, but thought I'd change things up a bit and create a dessert instead of the traditional candy. I wanted my dessert to have layers like chocolate bark. The chocolate layer had to be amazing, so I chose to use my favorite flourless chocolate cake recipe. It's really rich and and creamy and it pairs so nicely with white chocolate mousse which made the perfect second layer. Of course, the dessert had to have peppermint pieces so I sprinkled crushed candy canes on top. 

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Being we are having an open house for Christmas eve, I thought little individual desserts would be nicer than one big dessert. I like the guests who arrive later in the evening to still see pretty desserts on the table, not half eaten cakes. So, I made my Peppermint Bark Desserts in mini mason jars and I started by baking the chocolate layer.

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Flourless chocolate cakes have three simple ingredients: chocolate, butter, and eggs, so it's important to use really good quality ingredients, like Eggland's Best eggs. They are my favorite brand of eggs and are always in my fridge, so when Eggland's Best asked me to create a dessert recipe for them, I was more than happy to do so. When I bake with their eggs, I know my desserts will taste better than if I used ordinary eggs. It's also nice to know that Eggland's Best eggs have less saturated fat, more vitamins, and are simply more nutritious. I love that when I crack them open the yolks are vibrantly yellow and the whites are very clear. I know I'm using a high quality egg. If you stick around to the end of the post, I have some fun Eggland's Best goodies to give away.

Peppermint dessert recipe

Peppermint Bark Dessert -
           Flourless Chocolate Cake, White Chocolate Mousse, and Candy Cane Bits

PRINTABLE RECIPE

Ingredients: (makes 18)

Flourless Chocolate Cake Layer:
6 Eggland's Best large eggs
13 ounces good quality semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/2 sticks butter (6 ounces), cut into small pieces

White Chocolate Mousse Layer:
1 teaspoon gelatin powder
1 tablespoon water
2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
8 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped

Candy Cane Layer:
8 candy canes or 4 ounces starlight mints

Special Supplies Needed:

18 small mason jars or ramekins
double boiler

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

flourless cake recipe

Crack 6 Eggland's Best eggs into a mixing bowl. 

Flourless chocolate cake

Beat until doubled in volume. This will take between 3-5 minutes depending on whether you do it by hand using a whisk, or by using a hand held mixer or a stand mixer. 

Chocolate cake recipe

Fill the bottom pot of a double boiler with 1 inch of water. Add top bowl and place chopped chocolate and butter inside. Turn heat onto low, stirring the chocolate often, until melted.

Flourless cake recipe

Slowly drizzle melted chocolate into the eggs, stirring to incorporate it all. I poured it in with my mixer on low. If you add too much warm chocolate all at once, you can cook the eggs, so go slowly, at least at first. 

Christmas cake dessert

Bring a pot of water to a boil.

Set 18 small mason jars or ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet or in a roasting pan. Equally divide the flourless chocolate cake batter among the jars. I used a #16 scoop, but needed about 2 teaspoons more in each jar. 

Tap down the cake batter, and wipe the edges of the jar clean.

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Place baking sheet in oven and carefully pour the boiling water into the pan, allowing the water to go half way up around the cake batter. 


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Bake for 18-22 minutes until an instant read thermometer inserted into one of the cakes registers 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Don't have a thermometer (you should really get one,) just bake until the cakes no longer look really wet. You don't want to over bake these cakes. They should have the texture of cheesecake once cooled. They will sink slightly in the middle as they cool. 

White chocolate mousse

After the flourless chocolate cakes are completely cooled, make the white chocolate mousse. Pour a tablespoon of water into a small bowl and sprinkle on the 1 teaspoon of gelatin. Allow it to bloom for 5 minutes. 

Meanwhile, clean out your double boiler bowl. Pour 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream into bowl and set over pot filled with 1 inch of water. Heat on low until warm. Add gelatin, and stir until dissolved. 

White chocolate mousse recipe

Add white chocolate and stir. When half of the chocolate is melted, remove from the heat. Let it sit for about 2 minutes, then stir until melted. If it doesn't all melt, heat for a minute or so longer. 

How to make white chocolate mousse

Pour melted white chocolate into a large mixing bowl, preferable one with a spout. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1 1/4 cups of heavy whipping cream to soft peaks. Fold 1/3 of the whipped cream at a time into the melted white chocolate until light and fluffy.

Peppermint dessert

Crush the candy canes into small pieces. I put my canes in a gallon sized zip top bag and smashed them with my meat mallet. A rolling pin or the back of a pan will work just as well.

Cute Christmas desserts

Pour white chocolate mousse over the cooled chocolate cakes. Sprinkle on crushed candy canes. 

Christmas recipes

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Allow to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving.

I plan to cover my jars with the lids and place them in the freezer until December 23rd. Then I'll refrigerate them until just before our open house on Christmas eve. Before the guests arrive, I'll remove the lids and place them on the table.

My mom, who is a huge peppermint bark fan, just stopped by and I gave her a dessert to try. She gave it two thumbs up and is looking forward to enjoying another one on Christmas eve. Me too.

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23 comments:

  1. Those look so good! I'm going to try this with the flourless cake and white chocolate pudding!

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  2. Looks great! My daughter loves anything with peppermint.

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  3. These look great! My daughter loves anything with peppermint.

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  4. It looks great! My sister just went gluten free so this will make it easier to treat her to something yummy!

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    1. My father went gluten free for a while and the flourless chocolate cake was one of his favorite desserts.

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  5. Sounds good.
    garynonnemacher @comcast.net

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  6. Chocolate and candy cane, can't ask for better, I love it.

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  7. Hey Beth, I was over at Google looking at Christmas Desktop pictures and there was a picture of
    your present cookies. I was so happy to see you there. Love this idea. Thanks, Trish Butler

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    1. I don't know what Christmas Desktop is, but I'm happy to know my pictures are there.

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  8. Wow looking so yummy and delicious cakes collection. I can't wait to make flourless cake for my lovely husband !!

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  9. the flourless cake is the best i just love it

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  10. It looks like such a great dessert to make for a buffet. Gluten free is just a plus..

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  11. This looks like a great dessert - my family would love this!

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  12. These are beautiful - I love chocolate and peppermint and putting them in the little jars, makes a great presentation! I'm so glad you demonstrated pouring the boiling water in the pan - doing that always makes me a little nervous!

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    1. Me too. I just make sure I wear a glove (I've come close to burning my hand on the heating element in the top of my oven) and pour carefully.

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  13. Chocolate and peppermint are my favorite combination - I have to make this!

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  14. This looks amazing! I love peppermint bark!

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  15. Oh wow, those look insanely good! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. My family would agree with you. Out of all the desserts I made for Christmas this year, these layered desserts were everyone's favorite. I didn't add peppermint bits to all of them, so many who don't like peppermint just enjoyed the dark and white chocolate layers. Either way, they are great.

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