It’s that time of the year again…when we settle down in front of the telly and watch the starlets of Hollywood walk down the red carpet. I personally love watching the red carpet pre-Oscar coverage so I have sort of started a custom of making a party out of it. Husband and I invited only! We make some yummy treats, sip cocktails and make a night of it. The main features tonight are a rich and creamy Chocolate Mousse and Tequila Sunrise that the husband concocted. (Winner combo!)
So when I first read the recipe for this super easy Chocolate Mousse at Eat Live Run, I couldn’t believe that the ingredients consisted only of chocolate and water! Seriously, I was a little flabbergasted. Once my shock subsided, I decided to test the recipe. Now I am even more in shock because not only does it look perfect, it tastes JUST like Chocolate Mousse made the traditional way. I used 72% dark chocolate and you can add some sugar if you like your mousse sweeter. I didn’t add any and love the way it tastes.
This fabulous recipe, Jennifer Lawrence in her gorgeous red Dior and Lupita Nyong’o in the powder blue Prada sure look like winners tonight!
Recipe by Herve This & Heston Blumenthal
Adapted from Eat Live Run
265g bittersweet (%70 cocoa solids) chocolate, chopped
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 if you’re using) in a medium-sized pan and melt the chocolate over medium heat, stirring occasionally. I added a tablespoon of dark rum to this mix for a nice bold flavor.
- 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. 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. I got it right the second time around.
- Garnish with orange rind (optional but it tastes so good!)
- Divide into serving cups, chill for about an hour and serve.