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Chocolate Mousse

I was looking for a treat to make for my husband and kids for Valentine’s Day and came across my recipe for chocolate mousse. I have to admit that I am not much at making desserts. This recipe is easy to make, though, and who doesn’t like chocolate!

Mousse Ingredients
6 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
14 oz. cold heavy cream
3 large egg whites
3 tablespoons sugar
Sweetened whipped cream, for garnish, optional
Strawberries, for garnish, optional

Sweetened Whipped Cream Ingredients
8 oz. cold heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar

With a hand mixer, whip egg whites to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar and continue whipping until firm. Place chocolate chips in a double boiler at a low simmer. Make sure that the water is not touching the bowl with the chocolate. Stir chocolate until melted. Turn off the heat and let stand. With a hand mixer, beat the cream in a chilled metal bowl over ice until it forms soft peaks. Set aside and hold at room temperature. Remove the chocolate from the double boiler and, using a rubber spatula, fold in the egg whites all at once. When the whites are almost completely incorporated, fold in the whipped cream. Cover the mousse and refrigerate for approximately one hour or until set. If mouse is refrigerated longer than an hour, cover the bowl with plastic wrap. For the whipped cream topping, beat the cream in a chilled metal bowl over ice until it thickens, add sugar and continue to beat until firm. Serve mousse in martini glasses topped with the whipped cream garnish and a strawberry, if desired.

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