French chocolate mousse

 

I learned how to make this mousse while studying abroad in France and it has since been a staple in my home, not only for it’s ease, but for it’s bordering-on-ridiculous simplicity. Honestly, a child could do it. All you need are eggs, chocolate, water, honey and any other toppings you fancy. I love anything mocha so I crushed some chocolate covered coffee beans and threw that in but you could also use coffee flavored chocolate or even orange or mint flavored chocolate to get the job done. Only rule for this mousse? good quality, fresh ingredients. No Hershey’s chocolate, no cheap eggs, no white sugar. Get to it!

Ingredients:

200 grams dark chocolate (60-80% cocoa solids)

120 ml water

3 eggs, separated

pinch of salt

2 tbsp honey

How to:

  1. Melt the chocolate and water in a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (with quite a distance between the bottom of the bowl and the water)
  2.  Once melted and smooth, let cool for a couple minutes and stir in the egg yolks, quickly and with care so the egg yolks don’t turn separate omelet-style
  3. Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt until peaks form, then add honey and whisk slowly to incorporate
  4. Fold chocolate mixture into egg-white mixture slowly and carefully so the mousse stays nice and light
  5. Stir in any add-ons (nuts, chocolate chips, espresso beans, you name it!)
  6. Chill for a few hours and devour
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