Hi everyone! Zoe here! Now, I know you’re used to my wonderful mom writing these posts, but today I’m posting on her blog. This post if for all of you kids out there that want to start cooking. I’m going to show you how to make the best, and easiest chocolate mousse ever.
I remember how I found this recipe. We were down in Carmel at this restaurant and for dessert we all split a chocolate mousse pie. It was one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten. I decided then and there, that I needed to make this recipe. So about a week or two later we were in the library, and I saw this kid’s cookbook from William and Somona. For fun I flipped through the pages, but then something caught my eye. It was their chocolate mousse recipe. Immediately, I checked out the book solely for the mousse recipe. I went home and whipped it up that same afternoon. Everyone in the family loved it and I have been making it ever since.
This recipe is so easy. It only requires two ingredients; semisweet chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream. Really, almost anyone can make this delectable treat, even my brother Eli.
- 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips, or 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream, well chilled
Tip: Make sure the bowl fits snuggly on the saucepan and that the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the water.
Add the chocolate to the bowl and set the water filled pan and bowl over medium heat.Stir the chocolate often, until it is completely melted. This process should take about 5 minutes. Make sure that the water does not boil and that it only simmers. Adjust the heat up or down if necessary. As you can see we are very serious chefs…. most of the time.Once the chocolate is melted remove the bowl from the saucepan, and turn off the heat. Set the bowl aside to cool slightly. This is how the chocolate should look when melted.While the chocolate is cooling, pour your heavy whipping cream into a large bowl. Get out you electric mixer, but a handheld mixer works too. That is what we used today.
Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula so you get all of the chocolate out.
I had to throw in this photo below as I thought it looked pretty cool.
Once all the chocolate is in there, continue to beat on medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula until soft peaks form, about 1 minute or so. To test if peaks have formed, turn off you mixer and lift the beaters. If the mousse makes soft little peaks that flop over slightly, then the mousse is ready. Oh, please feel free to test your dessert. I mean, how are you going to know if it’s good if you don’t test it first, right?
We take our mousse spooning very seriously as you can see.
Chocolate mousse is not complete without whipped cream, right? You can either purchase some whipped cream or make some of your own. If you want to make your own, the recipe is below.
sweetened whipped cream:
makes 2 cups
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract