…from the California Kitchen
How you doin’? There is chocolate and then there is chocolate… and then there is Chocolate Mousse! Chocolate Mousse is kinda like sex. There is no bad chocolate mousse… just some that is waaayyy better than others! Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad chocolate mousse.
The French invented this culinary wonder. Mousse is actually a French word meaning “froth” or “foam.” “Mousse au chocolat” is French for chocolate mousse. The United States first became acquainted with chocolate mousse at a Food Exposition held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1892. It was Julia Child’s favorite dessert.
This is going to become your go-to chocolate dessert from now on. It’s so simple to make and Mmmm… so yummy to eat! It is creamy and simply scrumptious—one of the best fluffy chocolate delights to serve for any dessert occasion—or for no occasion at all! You can put the Chocolate Mousse together in a wink and a nod and it will disappear just as fast!
At the Time Out Market Place Lisboa on the waterfront in Lisbon, Portugal is a lovely called Restaurante Pap'Açorda. It’s across from where the cruise ships dock. They happen to make about the best Chocolate Mousse ever. Their Chocolate Mousse is made throughout the day and served tableside. It is dished up from large bowls and just for the asking they will add a dollop of freshly whipped cream and chocolate shavings too!
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
12 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup strong (brewed) espresso (or very strongly brewed coffee)
1/4 cup light or dark rum
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
ChefSecret: You can easily add a different flavor profile by adding Marsala or brandy in place of the rums.
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