Chocolate is my favorite sin!
And that sin is even more attractive when a few meager ingredients and 15 minutes can bring us from craving to toe curling satisfaction.
This is one of those quickies (sorry Denise, I'm borrowing your name just for a second) that was all the rage in our dorm at Uni and it stuck - forever. When you're a bunch of poor grad students, and you're at the mercy of the the mini-refrigerator & a little hot plate in your room, amazing how quickly you get innovative!
Though, I do think one of the girls got this recipe from the Australian Women's Weekly but can't be sure. You know how it is - once a good thing goes around the common room we were all in on it.
Let me tell you this lovely has been a life saver. More times that I can remember! Whether it's a last minute craving, a quick treat for the kids, a mini celebration for when good news comes a-rolling or just in time for a pesky relative sponging off unannounced, this dessert is the answer!
Decadence in minutes. What more can we ask for?
Cook's Note - You can use any berries you like. I happened to have all three in the refrigerator so I used them.
Also you need a metal mixing bowl.
Place the bowl and cream in the freezer to chill before proceeding with the next step.
If you are like me and don't have a double boiler, a homemade make shift version works just great.
In a small sauce pan place about 2 cups of water. Place medium size pyrex mixing bowl over the sauce pan to make sure that the water is not touching and is about an inch or so below the bottom of the bowl.
Place the water filled sauce pan on the stove and bring the water to boil. Lower the heat to lowest setting and place the mixing bowl on top of the saucepan. Add the chocolate chips to the bowl.
Keep stirring the chocolate till for a few minutes till it has completely melted and is very creamy. Turn off heat. Remove the bowl and set aside on the counter top to cool completely to room temperature.
Prepare the berries. Figure about 1/3 cup fruit per glass.
Use about 2-3 strawberries, 4 black berries and 6 blueberries per person.
Rinse. cut the tops and quarter the strawberries.
Wash the remaining berries and gather all together in a bowl. Set aside.
For the whipped cream -
Pour the chilled cream into the chilled mixing bowl. Use a large whisk (not one of those mini sized ones) and whisk for about 5 minutes by quickly moving the whisk from side to side, keeping it immersed in the cream.
Once the cream is thickened it will form stiff peaks. Empty the cream into the cooled melted chocolate.
Using a spatula, fold the cream into the chocolate by moving the spatula along the sides of the fold and turning the cream into the center of the bowl. Keep turning the bowl a quarter turn as you fold.
Once all the cream and chocolate is thoroughly blended so there are no streaks and the mixture is a smooth chocolate brown then the mousse is ready to serve.
Place the berries in the bottom third of small glasses or in martini glasses like I have used. Spoon the chocolate mousse over the berries. Decorate with some berries or strawberry slices of you wish. Serve immediately.
With each bite prepare to be transported to the land of culinary bliss. The chocolate mousse is so smooth and tastes just like traditional mousse once it is allowed to settle for a day. If you love chocolate as much as I do, you will not be disappointed!
Since we're on the topic of chocolate, what are your favorite chocolate eats?
Maybe we can fix some of them here!