I have had this recipe at the back of my mind since first pinning it onto my ‘recipes I like‘ board on Pinterest a few months ago. It claims to be ‘the best chocolate mousse of your life in under 5 minutes so I immediately knew I would have to try it. Apart from water (which cannot be considered an ingredient), the original recipe has only sugar and chocolate in it.
To make something delicious out of only 2 ingredients is a pretty challenging feat.
With this, it’s all about the method, so last week I got my molecular gastronomy on and gave this recipe a whirl.
I followed it down to the exact ingredient, including the Valrhona Guanaja which I happened to both love and have on hand. At the end I added a good glug (about 30ml) of brandy, because I felt it needed it, but you cold leave this out.
- 265g (9.35 ounces) bittersweet 70% chocolate, chopped
- just less than 1 cup (240 ml) water
- 4 T sugar
- 2T of brandy or any other liqueur of your choice (optional)
- Melt the chocolate, sugar and water together in a double boiler or a bowl placed over a pot of boiling water.
- Fill a large bowl with ice cubes and then place another, smaller bowl on top of this and keep to one side.
- When the chocolate has melted, empty this into the bowl standing on top of the ice (I simply placed the bowl I had melted the chocolate in directly onto the ice).
- Using an electric hand-held mixer, start beating the mixture until it thickens. As it cools it starts to thicken. This takes about 3 - 5 minutes, so be patient.
- Once it starts to thicken it very quickly goes very hard, so I suggest spooning it into your serving dishes while it is still fairly soft. If you find the chocolate is grainy, you can heat it over the double bowler again and repeat the process until it is the texture that you like. I added the brandy towards the end of the mixing.
- It can be served immediately.
I thoroughly enjoyed the process of making this interesting recipe, and the flavour of the chocolate is lovely and intense. I did however miss the creamy mouth feel of a chocolate mousse made with cream, butter and eggs, so for me this is not the best recipe ever. If I ever made it again, I would experiment with folding whipped cream in to the mix as the chocolate starts to thicken, and consider including chopped preserved oranges, orange zest or ginger to add flavour.
** I have made this mousse a few times and played around with improving the flavour and texture. This is my latest and version and I love it. I have used Earl Grey Tea instead of water which brings in a little more depth, and of course the subtle bergamot flavour. The whipped cream adds the necessary creamy mouthfeel which I think the original version lacks, and the liqueur adds that lovely boozy touch which can only improve a chocolate mousse.
5 minute chocolate mousse with Earl Grey tea.
- 270g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) – broken into pieces
- 250ml (I cup) strongly brewed Earl Grey tea
- 4 T sugar
- 300ml whipped cream to serve
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped roasted hazelnuts to serve.
- 1 – 2 T orange liqueur / brandy – optional
Brew just over a cup of Ear Grey tea and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
Place the tea, chocolate and sugar into a double boiler and gently heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Remove from the heat and place the bowl with the chocolate mixture directly on top of a bigger bowl of ice.
Using the whisk attachment of a hand hand held mixer, whisk the chocolate mixture on a medium speed continuously until it starts to thicken. This will take between 3 – 5 minutes. As its starts thickening, fold through half the cream, ¾ of the nuts and liqueur. Scoop the mix into either individual serving dishes or one larger dish. Place in the fridge to further firm up.
Decorate with the remaining whipped cream and remaining nuts.
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* This recipe was featured on the Huffington Post – Dark chocolate recipes