This week at I Heart Cooking Clubs is the Monthly Featured Dish/Ingredient Challenge: Sweet Treats. While the group is cooking with Heidi Swanson at the moment, for the ingredient challenge we’re free to choose a recipe from any of the featured chefs, past and present. I chose this super easy chocolate mousse from Mark Bittman.
Now, if you’re like me, you don’t need an excuse for chocolate, but just in case you do, what better than the holiday season? Ordinarily mousse is a complicated affair which involves separating eggs and beating them with the ingredients and then folding them back together to make the airy (and uncooked) concoction.
The solution is this recipe from Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Express (affiliate link) which is loaded with seasonal recipes, ready in 20 minutes or less. It includes a great collection of easy desserts. His mousse has a whipped cream base to which melted dark chocolate is added. I like chocolate that’s at least 70% cocoa but semi sweet chips (real chocolate PLEASE!) could also be used.
If using a bar, chop it into small pieces. You could melt the chocolate in the microwave, but I have a tendency to burn it when I do. Instead I prefer to use a bain-marie or double boiler. In my house it’s a glass bowl set over a pan of simmering water. It works fine and I don’t have to store another piece of equipment.
Check out the recipe to see how simple it is to make super easy chocolate mousse.
- 4 ounces dark chocolate (100 gram bar is fine), chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
- pinch salt (optional)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar (okay to add more if you prefer)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Melt the chocolate, butter and a pinch of salt until smooth.
- Meanwhile, use a mixer to whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.
- Remove the melted chocolate from the heat and fold in the whipped cream. Use a spatula to help scrap the chocolate from the bottom of the bowl. Be gentle and continue to fold. Eventually it will turn a yummy dark color and mix together.
- Spoon into bowls or ramekins.
- Serve right away or store in the fridge until ready.
- Garnish as desired before serving.
Crazy simple, right?
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