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Silken Chocolate Mousse
Inspired by this month’s “Plates Not Pills” column on calcium, we’re proud to present this super-simple, calcium-rich chocolate mousse that derives its nutritional profile from a surprise ingredient. Silken tofu is unlike the tofu you’ve probably tried in stir-frys and other hot dishes. This softer variety (even the varieties labeled “firm”), is best used for whipped desserts. Looking for ways to integrate more interesting sources of calcium into your diet? Try this. We were pleasantly surprised and think you will be too.
1 package silken tofu* (ie: Mori-Nu Lite Silken Tofu)
8-10 ounces dark chocolate (60%-70% cacao)
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup or corn syrup
1 ounce Kahlua, optional
milk or soy milk, if needed
1. Blend tofu, using either a hand blender or regular blender.
2. In a double boiler or micorwave, melt chocolate.
3. Combine tofu and chocolate in blender and blend until fully mixed. Add syrup and Kahlua, if using. Milk can also be added to achieve a smoother consistency, if desired. Place in a separate container and cover. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Serve with fruit and berries.
*There are two main kinds of tofu: silken and regular. Silken tofu, or Japanese-style tofu has a softer consistency than regular tofu and will fall apart if not handled carefully. Unlike regular tofu, it is sometimes packaged in boxes that do not require refrigeration. Because of this, silken tofu is sometimes sold in a different section of grocery stores than regular tofu, which is packed in water and requires refrigeration. Both silken and regular tofu can be found in soft, medium, firm and extra firm consistencies. They are made from the same ingredients, but they are processed slightly differently, and are not interchangeable in a recipe. The different kinds of silken tofu (firm, soft, etc) are interchangeable, so don’t worry if your grocer only stocks one kind. Regular tofu, or Chinese tofu is more common than silken and comes in a plastic container in the refrigerator or produce section of most grocery stores. (From about.com)