What Is Chocolate Mousse?
A mousse is a sweet or savory dish that is light and fluffy in its texture and typically made by whipping cream, egg whites or both with a main flavorful ingredient. Chocolate mousse is a mousse made using chocolate as the main ingredient. It is great as both a standalone dessert and airy cake filling and originated in France sometime in the 1700s.
How To Make Chocolate Mousse?
To make easy chocolate mousse, add heated heavy cream to a bowl of chopped chocolate or chocolate chips and whisk after adding vanilla extract. Add more cream to the resulting smooth mixture and refrigerate before whipping till stiff peaks form. Use this same method with sugar-free or low-sugar chocolate to make keto chocolate mousse.
What Can Go Wrong With Chocolate Mousse?
Despite having a pretty simple recipe, there is still a lot that can go wrong when making easy chocolate mousse. The most common problems encountered are:
1. Grainy mousse. Adding all the cream to the melted chocolate at once results in a grainy mousse. Your mousse can also end up sandy or lumpy if you whip your cream too stiffly.
2. Heavy and thick mousse. Using too much fat can make your keto chocolate mousse thick and heavy. To prevent this, avoid using creams with a fat content higher than 40% and chocolates with high amounts of cocoa butter.
3. Soft and runny mousse. If the whipped cream is not stiff enough, then the mousse will end up soft and runny. Chocolate mousse is also likely to end up overly soft if too little chocolate is used.
How to Serve Chocolate Mousse?
Serve your chocolate mousse with cream, berries, chopped nuts, ice cream, chocolate curls, whipped coconut cream, edible flowers, and other preferred toppings in pretty juice glasses, small bowls, or champagne flutes. Chocolate mousse also pairs well with alcoholic sweet wines and berry wines like Shiraz, chocolate wine, and sweet Madeira.
How to Store Mousse?
This easy chocolate mousse can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks when covered completely to prevent any moisture from seeping in. Mousse can also be frozen for up to 6 months in a freezer-friendly container and thawed overnight and gently folded to re-fluff before consumption.