Day 214 – Two-ingredient mousse

Today’s new thing was a panicked, last-minute one. I had planned to do some stargazing, but the previously sunny weather decided to cloud over right around dusk. Luckily, I’d had the recipe for a two-ingredient mousse saved for what feels like forever, ready and waiting to be tested.

We used to have lunch out most Saturdays, and have been really missing it of late. Yes, restaurants are open here, but I’m still not sure about going. This weekend we decided to try and recreate the restaurant experience at home by turning the TV off, and getting somebody else to make, and bring us the food. With the takeaway due to arrive at 8, I had just enough time to make this mousse so we could enjoy it as part of our meal out, in.

The two-ingredient mousse is just chocolate and water mixed together. First, you heat them up in the pan, and then you whisk them together like mad over an ice bath. For quite a while I wasn’t convinced anything would happen: the mixture was gloopy and runny, exactly how’d you expect water and chocolate to be. However, as I was whisking (or James was, I took a break after 5 minutes), magic started to happen and it turned into a fluffy and aerated concoction. I couldn’t believe it, it was like conducting a delicious science experiment!

I served the mousse in two martini glasses to look a bit fancy because it’s really hard to make it look good, and I added some Maldon sea salt flakes on the top to round it off.

Not an easy thing to photograph…

It was delicious, and incredibly rich, so much so that I couldn’t finish it all. In fact, it’s so indulgent that neither of us can bring ourselves to eat the leftovers in the fridge!

I really loved the taste of this, I’m just sad that I don’t want to eat anymore. Luckily it keeps in the fridge for around 5 days so I can have another try later in the week. I’m just happy that I finally gave it a go after having it saved for so long. There’s a lesson in that somewhere…

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