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Summer in the Piazza, and an Apricot Mouse with Chocolate Crumble

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text copyright 2014 Maria Liberati/Art of Living, PrimaMedia,Inc

Life here in this ‘ little  town’ never fails to  keep me entertained .. from  the town priest that is an Elvis impersonator   ..to the dogs that insist on taking their walks in the piazza  at night just like everyone else does before and after dinner..

I never understood why our dog began to escape from our fenced yard at about 7 PM at night…”she likes to see people and friends in the piazza too” I was told ..that is why she insists on taking her own walk there at night if no one walks her.. I guess that makes sense… a dog in Italy wanting to meet friends also in the piazza at night.

It is a beautiful tradition…a walk in the piazza at night before dinner or after dinner.. a way to take a walk see friends ..and just relax….and you never know what you might find..an Elvis Presley concert by the town priest that is an Elvis Impersonator (and he does quite a good impression) ..a procession..a fashion show..a beauty pageant..or just people meeting and talking..dogs.. and children playing soccer …or riding their bikes..

After a spin around the piazza it’s time to go home and enjoy dinner and a light dessert..

Apricot Mousse with Chocolate Crumble

For Apricot Mousse:

* 2 lbs of fresh apricots-washed, cut in half with pit removed

*3 tblsps sugar

*3 tblsps butter (unsalted)

For crumble:

* 1-16 oz chocolate bar (containing at least 60%  cocoa)

*Almonds-3 ounces-peeled ,chopped

*3 tblsps butter (unsalted)

*4 tblsps flour

*3 tblsps brown sugar

*1 tablespoon powdered unsweetened cocoa

For Cream: Place halved apricots in a pan with sugar and butter, cook for 10 minutes over low to medium heat or until the apricots have lightly caramelized. Remove from heat, place in food processor till creamy.

For crumble:

Place butter on bowl until room temperature and softened. Place in flour, almonds,sugar, powdered cocoa. Blend together. Grate chocolate bar and mix in. Place in refrigerator till mixture has a firm  consistency. Remove from refrigerator and grate dough (using cheese grater with larger holes). Grate onto a piece of baking paper placed on a cookie sheet.

Preheat oven for 300 degrees and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, separate crumbles gently with fork or fingers. Let cool.

Divide apricot cream into 4 glasses and top with chocolate crumble,garnish with mint leaves and serve.

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