Friday, March 19, 2010

Chocolate Mousse

The husband has been asking for "something chocolate" lately. He doesn't care what it is....brownies, cake, ice long as it's chocolate. We finish dinner, clear off the table, comment on how disheveled the kitchen is, and then it comes; "I want something chocolate. Like cake. Or something else." Then he rummages through the cabinets, which contain next to no snack foods, and pulls out the only chocolate we have: chocolate-covered raisins. When you are craving a chocolate snack, chocolate-covered raisins are not the fix.

After browsing through my favorite blogs, I came across this recipe for chocolate mousse. With an easy dinner planned, I decided this would be a delicious and nearly effortless weeknight dessert. As soon as I got home I washed all the dishes piled up in the sink, wiped down the counters, and got to work, finishing just as the husband walked in the door, beat down from a rough day at work. But I think the chocolate helped take the edge off.

Well, that and a nice glass of beer. But I still think this richly decadent chocolate is what really did the trick.

Chocolate Mousse
Source: Annie's Eats
Printable Recipe

7 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 tablespoons water
4 eggs, room temperature, whites and yolks separated
pinch salt

Combine chocolate and water in a saucepan and melt over a pot of simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is nearly melted. Remove from the heat and stir the chocolate until smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Pour the egg whites and salt into the bowl of your kitchen aid mixer and whip on high with the whisk attachment until they form stiff peaks. This will take a few minutes.

Pour the egg yolks into the cooled chocolate, gently stirring to combine.

Gently fold in 1/3 of the egg whites, just until combined. Fold in the remaining egg whites, just until no white streaks remain.

Chill until you are ready to serve.

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