Happy Valentine’s Day to all you sweethearts that stop by and check in! Hope your day has been full of sweet moments of kindness and affection. In the words of the very insightful Beatles, “love is all there is you need.” Really and truly. It’s the core of everything right and good and if we all always came from that place in our heart, our worlds — the whole world — would be a pretty rockin’, inspiring, wonderful, place to be. Let’s do our part and make our own little places of being at least, the best they can be. Huge hugs and kisses to all of you! Thanks for all the love!
Oh, and a little gift in honor of the day — a wonderful sounding chocolate mousse by Herve This made with just two ingredients — melted chocolate and water!! How totally easy and low-cal cool is that? Get whipping! : )
Herve This Chocolate Mousse
8 ounces chocolate (we used 70% bittersweet – choose a high quality chocolate you love)
3/4 cup (6 ounces) water
freshly whipped cream for topping (optional)
1. Simply pour water into a saucepan. Then, over medium heat, whisk in the chocolate. The result is a homogenous sauce.
2. Pour the chocolate mixture into a bowl set over an ice bath, then whisk the chocolate sauce, either manually with a whisk or with an electric mixer (if using an electric mixer, watch closely — it will thicken faster). It will thicken and strands of chocolate will form inside the loops of the whisk. Pour or spoon immediately into ramekins, small bowls or jars and let set.
3. Note: Three things can go wrong. Here’s how to fix them. If your chocolate doesn’t contain enough fat, melt the mixture again, add some chocolate, and then whisk it again. If the mousse is not light enough, melt the mixture again, add some water, and whisk it once more. If you whisk it too much, so that it becomes grainy, this means that the foam has turned into an emulsion. In that case simply melt the mixture and whisk it again, adding nothing.
4. Serve immediately, or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream if desired.