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‘Shinrun-Yoku’ and an Apricot Mousse

By Marialiberati

copyright 2015 Art of Living/PrimaMedia,Inc/Maria Liberati

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  Japanese Therapy here in the mountains of Abruzzo..if you have ever heard of the Japanese word  ‘shinrun-yoku ‘ it means ‘taking in the atmosphere of the forest’..and taking a stroll in this beautiful park filled with pine trees here is the perfect way to get in your morning therapy of shinrun-yoku..especially on a sunny Spring Day..some even even translate  it  as Forest Bathing

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The apricots have begun to make their appearance into summer and while on this morning’s ‘shinrun-yoku’ my mind was intently concentrating on what to do with a basket full of fresh apricots….and fresh mint overflowing in the garden… here is the answer…

Chocolate Topped Apricot Mousse

For Apricot Mousse:

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

*3 tblsps sugar

*2 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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