Awesome Chocolate Mousse

Good evening everyone,

We had some wonderful news in the Brar household today so we’re making a celebratory dinner – Creamy Garlic Pasta, Garlic Bread and Chocolate Mousse.  So rich, so delicious.

You can use any type of chocolate that you want, or even butterscotch, flavoured chocolates, or caramel chips.

Awesome Chocolate Mousse

6 ounces dark baking chocolate (or chocolate chips)
6 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate (or chocolate chips)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons prepared instant coffee (made with 1 heaping tablespoon instant coffee)
4 cardamom pods, crushed and pod skins removed (optional)
2 cups heavy (35%) whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla

Break up the baking chocolate and put it in a bowl large enough to fit over the opening of a medium sized pot.  Fill the pot with 1/3 water and bring that to a boil.  To the bowl, add the butter, coffee and cardamom (if using).

Once the water is boiling, reduce it to a simmer.  Place the bowl over the pot.  Make sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.  Stir the chocolate mixture well while it melts.  When it is ready it will be melted and very shiny.  Set the bowl aside to cool

In the meantime, chill your whipping cream and the bowl that will be used to whip the cream.  Add the vanilla to the whipping cream.  Whip your whipping cream in a stand mixer, with a hand mixer or with a whisk.

Set 1/4 of the whipping cream aside for decorating your mousse.

Once the chocolate has cooled carefully fold in 1/3 of the remaining whipping cream at a time.  Do not over work the mixture, just gently fold it in.

Put the mousse in serving dishes and put these in the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.

When serving, add a little fresh whipping cream on top along with a strawberry, some fresh mint leaves, some grated chocolate or whatever other decoration you wish.

Tips

You could skip the cardamom if you want or replace it with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg with 1/4 teaspoon cloves, 1 teaspoon dried mint, 1/2 teaspoon chai masala, or any other flavouring that you like.

Enjoy!

Until next time,
Peace and love,
Himmat

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