In my attempts to make use of the remaining ingredients I have in house, I needed to satisfy a chocolate craving. With less than a cup of chocolate chips, some heavy cream and eggs I created a very easy rich chocolate mousse.
Mousse is the French word for ‘froth‘ or ‘foam‘ and we define a mousse as a rich, light, flffy, creamy and smooth confection that can be sweet or savory Sweet dessert mousses are mainly served cold with popular choices containing melted chocolate or even fruit purees. A standard recipe for mousse usually consists of melted chocolate, sugar, egg yolks and heavy cream. This produces a silky, smooth textured mousse that makes a very elegant dessert.
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons water
3 egg yolk, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups whipping cream
3 tablespoons sugar
Whipped cream (optional)
In a small heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips with water over low heat; stir until smooth. Stir a small amount of hot chocolate mixture into egg yolk; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool, stirring several times.
In a mixing bowl, beat whipping cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar; beat until soft peaks form. Fold in cooled chocolate mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.