Desperately seeking the best chocolate mousse recipe!
For new years Eve dinner I'd like to do a white and dark chocolate mousse plate with fresh berries, chocolate leaves, etc........I have a really wonderful white chocolate mousse recipe - but I've never come across a really outstanding dark or milk chocolate mousse. I'd rather not have one with coffee or espresso - just an intense chocolate flavor and thick creamy melt in your mouth mousse!! Please rack your brains and throw a gal a lifepreserver!! Thanks in advance :)
I hope this helps. This recipe always gets rave reviews and is so easy to make. The only thing I vary is the amount of heavy cream depending on how creamy I want the mousse to be.
12 ounces of semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cups of heavy [whipping] cream
1/4 cup of sugar
Combine: chocolate, vanilla, salt, butter and 1 cup of heavy cream in a microwabable bowl. Microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring until melted and combined. You can also do this over a double boiler but in both cases, watch it every second.
Beat the remaining two cups of cream with the sugar to stiff peaks and then fold the chocolate mixture [I mix some whipped cream into chocolate to lighten mixture first] into the whipped cream. Pour into bowl, cover and refrigerate till set. You can also do individual servings as well. It is a very light mousse and I don't take it out of the fridge too far ahead. I serve it various ways but I like it with raspberry puree, a little dollop of softly whipped cream and a sprig of mint or lime leaf. Good luck.
If you have access to Pierre Herme's chocolate book, he has a great, very simple recipe, "Simple Chocolate Mousse" on page 123. He uses milk rather than heavy cream, producing a lightness and pure chocolate flavor and very smooth texture. If you want something more luxurious, I recommend Robert Linxe's recipe. Both are fantastic and easy.
Both of these books contain unforgettable delicacies!