Thursday, January 26, 2012

Instant Chocolate Mousse

A few of my friends and I recently came across this recipe separately and thought it looked awesome!  When we all decided to get together for dinner and soon realized we had no dessert plans we thought we would throw this one on the menu....what could it hurt, all we had to buy was semi-sweet chocolate chips!  It was good but I think next time I am going to try it with dark chocolate and see how that turns out!!!  It seems like something you could do with different kinds of chocolate but since I  am not much of a dessert fanatic (aka I hardly ever bake) I may have to check with my baking aficionado friend, Tracy, and see what she has to say....I will report back with updates!

Instant Chocolate Mousse
Recipe by Herve This & Heston Blumenthal

4 servings
9.35 ounces (265 grams) bittersweet (%70 cocoa solids) chocolate, chopped (preferably Valrhona Guanaja)
1 cup (240 ml) water
4 tbsp sugar, optional

Place a large mixing bowl on top of another slightly smaller one, filled with ice and cold water (the bottom of the large bowl should touch the ice). Set aside.  
Put chocolate and water (also sugar and/or liquor if you’re using) in a medium-sized pan and melt the chocolate over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  
Pour the melted chocolate into the mixing bowl sitting on top of ice and water, and start whisking with a wire whisk (or an electrical hand-held mixer) until thick. 
Check the consistency as you go because the first time I made this it turned out much thicker than I wanted it so next time I won't whip it nearly as long!  Watch the texture as you whip and make sure not to over-whip as it will make the mousse grainy. If the mousse becomes grainy (which is possible at your first try), transfer it back into the pan, reheat until half of it is melted, pour it back to the mixing bowl and whisk again briefly.
Divide into four serving cups and serve immediately.
Here are some of my favorite dinner guests and our entertainment for the evening....the Osland sisters...I feel like I am introducing them at a circus, but then again, sometimes our dinner parties feel like a circus!
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