This recipe will impress your kids and your friends: the dessert is not only super cute to see but the vegan chocolate mousse is one of the BEST ones I ever made and tried! Rich and fluffy with the purest chocolate flavor. The mousse requires 2 ingredients only, yes, 2!!!
Chocolate and water, that’s why can be categorized as Vegan 😉
That being said, it is easy to understand why you should use a supreme quality chocolate…it’s the only ingredient (except for water and air) and you will taste the difference between a cheap chocolate and a high end one. I used a 70% cocoa chocolate, not too sweet, that’s how we like it. Also, the higher the percentage of cocoa, the easier and quicker the mixture comes together into a proper mousse.
The mousse has been invented by a French chef Herve’ This, a genius and scientist of cooking. (If you want to read more about Molecular Gastronomy, check this link) It really looks like a science experiment, that’s why I suggest to involve your older kids while making it 😉
The concept is very easy: you melt the chocolate in boiling water creating a liquid brown mix. You shock the mix with an ice bath that will make the mix denser and denser. In the meanwhile you start whisking adding air to the mix. That will create an heavenly chocolate mousse!!! It’s that simple.
The silky smooth texture is incredible and also sets for a very long time. I kept the mousse in the refrigerator for 10 days and never lost that “melt in your mouth” consistency.
With this recipe you really can’t go wrong. Any mistake you make along the way can be easily fixed. If you overwisk the mixture and it becomes grainy, you can return it to the pan, melt it and start again. If it is too runny, add more chocolate and reheat the mixture. Melt it again and whisk again. If it is too stiff, you can remelt it, adding just a little more water, and then whisk again. See, it’s almost impossible to do wrong 😉
As we are approaching Halloween I decided to use the chocolate mousse for a spooky and fun dessert. With the help of small glasses, cocoa cookies, Plasmon cookies (these are not vegan) and few chocolate chips, in few simple moves I created a fun edible graveyard.
The crumbled cocoa cookies are an insanely good match for the airy and light chocolate mousse.
- 1 Cup water 270 ml
- 13 oz. dark chocolate 70% cocoa 350 gr
- 1 Cup cocoa cookies or any chocolate cookies you like
- 18 Plasmon cookies or any long oval "gravestone" shape cookies you like
- With a sharp knife break the chocolate bar in pieces. They do not need to be too small
- Place the water in a saucepan and bring to boil.
- Meanwhile prepare a big bowl (big enough to contain the saucepan) half filled with ice.
- When the water is boiling, turn the heat off and add the chocolate.
- Whisk up until melted.
- Place the saucepan on top of the ice
- Using and electric whisk start whisking the chocolate mix. I deeply suggest to use the whisk at low speed at the beginning and when the mix will start getting thicker you can increase speed, otherwise the chocolate will squirt out messing your kitchen 😉
- Within 5 minutes the chocolate mix will get thicker and fluffy forming a delicious mousse.
- The mousse will look like whipped cream, fluffy and light.
- Place 2 teaspoons of chocolate mousse in a small glass. The chocolate mousse is very intense, I think 2 teaspoons are enough to enjoy the dessert without overdoing.
- Delicately tap the glass on the counter to level the surface of the mousse.
- Melt few chocolate chips in the microwave and place the cream in a small plastic bag that you will use as a pastry bag. Cut a corner of the plastic bag. A small hole, not big.
- Take the Plasmon cookies, flat side up.
- Using the plastic bag as pastry bag write R.I.P. on each cookie to create a yummy gravestone. Let them dry out. It will take 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile place the cocoa cookies in a plastic bag. Close it, not completely and with a chicken hammer break them in crumbles.
- Add few teaspoons of crumbled cocoa cookies on top of the chocolate mousse. It's the graveyard ground.
- Break the bottom part of a Plasmon cookie (mine were too long for the glass!) and insert it in the mousse. Two Plasmon cookies should be enough for each glass.
- Keep the chocolate mousse graveyard glasses in the refrigerator and serve cold.