Rich & Lovely Chocolate Mousse
I am, what you could call, a Chocoholic! I just LOVE chocolate. Actually I like all kinds of sweets, but if someone offers me a biscuits (unless it is a Tim Tam) or a piece of cake, I do reject from time to time. BUT if someone offers me chocolate I just can’t help the urge to accept. The texture, the colour, the smell, basically everything about chocolate feels just right to me…
And as someone who enjoys cooking more than anything, the desserts you can make out of or with chocolate are just so delicious and pretty much always my favorite. Except for apple crumble of course (which you could combine with white chocolate if you wanted to).
So last night I was invited to a friends party and everybody was supposed to bring some food. I was told to bring something sweet and since I love making desserts I decided to go for a chocolate mousse. Making a mousse is pretty straight forward and almost everybody likes it. And to be honest, if I have the choice between making a dessert or baking a cake I will always make a dessert, preferably with chocolate or crumbles ;)
The little espresso cup was for my mum, because she gets really upset if I make something and she is not able to try it (even though I made this mousse for her before…). The big bowl with the weird guys? That was the mousse for last night… Yes I was invited to a Halloween Party with mandatory costume for the guests AND the food! The little sweet monsters are made of meringue and coloured sugar paste.
The recipe is adapted from Jamie Oliver’s Happy Days with the Naked Chef.
Serves 4 − 6
- 225g dark chocolate min. 70% cocoa
- 70g butter
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon Amaretto
- 350g cream or thick cream
1. Break the chocolate into pieces and put in a heatproof bowl. Add the butter and sit the bowl on a pan with simmering water and make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Stir regularly.
Just make sure the water is not boiling and your chocolate butter mix is not too hot… Happened to me once and trust me when I say, the outcome was not even remotely eatable :(
2. In a second bowl beat the eggs with the honey until you have a kind of fluffy light mixture and add your Amaretto.
You could also use any other kind of booze like rum or whisky, whatever fits your mood really.
3. Whisk the cream in a third bowl until it is almost stiff and forms little soft peaks.
4. Once the chocolate mix has melted add it to the egg mix and combine.
5. Take your whipped cream and fold it gently in to the chocolate egg mix.
Just be careful and quick so your mousse will be airy and light.
6. Fill into little dishes, mugs or whatever you want to serve your mousse in and let it cool for at least one hour.