Heston’s 2 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
My budgie is called Heston. My son Ari named him that, because he loves watching Heston on the telly. My budgie doesn’t really LOOK like Heston, don’t get me wrong, but I like to think that birdy Heston has the same spirit of innovation and adventure that his culinary counterpart does. You should see what he can do with a cuttlefish.
I found this recipe via Pinterest, and a bit of googling about revealed it to be a firm favourite on the internet. It’s official name is Chocolate Chantilly. And who can argue with TWO (or at worst 3) ingredients. If you’d like your mousse to be a bit less grown up, definitely add the sugar. You might also like some cream on the side to further enrich this delish dish. How swish.
Recipe by Herve This & Heston Blumenthal
265g bittersweet (%70 cocoa solids) chocolate, chopped
240 ml water
4 tbsp sugar, optional
Place a large mixing bowl on top of another slightly smaller one, filled with ice and cold water (the bottom of the large bowl should touch the ice). Set aside.
Put chocolate and water (also sugar and/or liquor if you’re using) in a medium-sized pan and melt the chocolate over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Pour the melted chocolate into the mixing bowl sitting on top of ice and water, and start whisking with a wire whisk (or an electrical hand-held mixer) until thick. Watch the texture as you whip and make sure not to over-whip as it will make the mousse grainy. If the mousse becomes grainy (which is possible at your first try), transfer it back into the pan, reheat until half of it is melted, pour it back to the mixing bowl and whisk again briefly.
Divide into four serving cups and serve immediately.
Are you a fan of chocolate mousse? I think it was one of the very first things I made as a child, possibly from one of those 70s ‘You Can Cook!’ kinda books. I think this recipe could be a great party trick, but make sure you have a practice run first. And you might have to eat the practice ones, as part of your Chocolate Mousse training… It’s a hard life.