Raspberry Chocolate Parfaits

Servings: 8 6-ounce servings


  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream, separated
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Chambord or favorite liqueur (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 6 ounces (1⁄2 cup) Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup raspberry jam
  • 1 pint raspberries for garnish (optional)


  • Make custard: Heat 3/4 cup cream in a saucepan until hot. Whisk together yolks and sugar in a metal bowl until combined. Add hot cream in a slow stream, whisking until combined. Return mixture to saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until the temperature reaches 160° on a candy thermometer. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, cook approximately 10 minutes until the mixture reaches the thickness and consistency of custard. Stir in Chambord or vanilla extract and set aside.
  • Place Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt carefully in the microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until smooth. Whisk custard into chocolate until smooth. Refrigerate to cool for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Beat 11/4 cups cream in a bowl with an electric mixer until it just holds stiff peaks. Whisk one fourth of beaten cream into the chocolate custard to lighten, and then fold in remaining cream.
  • Spoon mousse into eight 6-ounce stemmed glasses or ramekins. Gently tap the dish on a folded kitchen towel to force our air bubbles so the mousse will settle in the dish. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Whip remaining cup of heavy cream and confectioners’ sugar to stiff peaks. Spread about 2 tablespoons raspberry jam on top of chocolate mousse and top with whipped cream. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

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