Chocolate Mint Napoleon
6 Tablespoons Green Creme De Menthe
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1/2 Vanilla Bean split lengthwise
2 Large Egg Yolks
1/4 Cup Sugar
3/4 Cup Whipping Cream chilled 6 Ounces Bittersweet Chocolate finely chopped
1/4 Cup Clear Creme Do Cacao
1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter at room temperature
2 Ounces Clear Hard Peppermint Candies
12 Ounces Bittersweet Chocolate finely chopped
Combine creme de menthe and sugar in small saucepan. Scrap in seeds from vanilla
bean; add bean. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. For Mousse:
Whisk yolk and 1/4 cup sugar in small bowl to blend. Bring 1/4 cup cream to
simmer in heavy small saucepan. Gradually whisk hot creme into egg mixture.
Return mixture to same saucepan. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until
custard thickens, about 1 minute (DO NOT BOIL). Reduce heat to low. Add
chocolate, creme do cacao and butter and stir until smooth.
Pour into large bowl. Chill until cool, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
Beat 1/2 cup cream in small bowl to stiff peaks. Fold cream into chocolate
mixture. Cover and chill.
For Chocolate Bark:
Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment. Finely grind mints in food processor.
Place half of chocolate in top of double boiler set over simmering water. Stir
until candy thermometer registers 115 degrees. Pour onto 1 prepared sheet. Using
spatula, spread chocolate to 1/16-inch thickness over parchment. Sprinkle half
of ground candies over half of chocolate. Fold parchment in half to seal candies
in chocolate. Repeat with remaining chocolate and candies.
Cover and chill 1 to 24 hours. Peel parchment off chocolate bark. Break or cut
each sheet of bark into 6 irregular pieces, reserving any small pieces for
garnish. Place 1 bark piece on plate. Spread scant 1/3 cup mousse over bark.
Place another bark piece atop mousse. Spread scant 1/3 cup mousse over. Top with
another bark piece. Place dollop of mousse on top chocolate and top with any
smaller bark pieces, standing pieces upright. Repeat with remaining bark and
mousse. (Can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover; chill.)
Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serve napoleons with mint sauce.