It has been really hot the past few days and I have been thinking of what to make for a light dessert that will both cool us down and satisfy our sweet tooth. Checking my fridge, I saw some cream, some eggs and I know that I had some dark chocolate in the pantry. Hmmmm…. what about…. chocolate mousse? Why not! Here is my recipe for a simple chocolate mousse but you would need to prepare it about a couple of hours before serving to give it time to cool in the fridge.
170 grams dark or bittersweet chocolate, broken into small pieces (breaking them in pieces will make it easier to melt them)
2 cups thickened cream
3 large egg whites
30 grams white sugar
pinch of salt
What you need to do:
Place chocolate using a double boiler or in a metal or glass bowl set over a saucepan with simmering water (do not use a very small pan because you will be mixing in the eggwhites and the cream together in this saucepan and you will need space. Make sure the water in the bottom saucepan does not touch the bottom of your bowl and your stove top is in low heat (you can microwave your chocolate to melt them, if you are more comfortable with this method — I just find melting in the saucepan easier and less prone to burning). Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Turn off the heat and let stand to cool.
Beat your cream in a mixer (or by hand if you wish) until soft peaks form. Set aside.
Whip the eggwhites in another metal bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and the salt and continue whipping until the peaks are firmer.
Fold the whipped eggwhites into the chocolate all at once and continue folding until they are completely blended. Finally, fold in your whipped cream. Some chocolate bits might form because of the coldness of the cream and the warmth of chocolate mixing together but this is okay.
Spoon into fancy goblets or plain drinking glasses or plastic wine glasses if you are serving to kids or in ramekin dishes. Refrigerate until serving time.
To make it fancier looking, pipe or spoon whipped cream on top of each serve, and sprinkle with shaved chocolate or a wafer biscuits/stick or an Oreo, or a piece of cherry or strawberry….
Doesn’t take much time to make, and even less time to devour 🙂