Who does not like desserts?
As far as I know, almost nobody. I am sure that out of a group of 10, a maximum of 1-2 persons do not have a sweet tooth and do not get attracted by a sweet seduction after a good meal. For you as a hobby chef, that is good news. Offering a tasty dessert at a dinner party will make your guests happy. That being said, do not skip dessert :)
My experience is that desserts with dark chocolate always are a perfect fit after any kind of main course. They go well with digestives like liqueurs, an espresso or your glass of red or white wine.
I was invited to a dinner party last night and decided to go with mousse au chocolat. Turns out, it was a good choice: It is quick to make and you only need 4 ingredients.
Ingredients (serves 6-7 people):
200g dark chocolate (60% cocoa)
100g very dark chocolate (85% cocoa)
20g white chocolate
400ml whipping cream
Raspberries for decoration
1. Melt all the dark chocolate in a bain-marie.
What is a bain-marie? You do not want to destroy the chocolate by melting it at a too hot temperature. Therefore, you use a bowl or small pot that you place in a larger pot with hot water. Stir the chocolate while melting it and make sure that no water spills into the chocolate. This would make the chocolate flaky instead of smooth.
Put aside and let cool down. The consistency of the chocolate has to be viscous (not liquid) before you continue processing it.
2. Separate egg white from yolks. In separate bowls, whisk the egg whites until they are stiff and the egg yolks until they are fluffy.
3. Whip the cream with a hand mixer until it has a very firm consistency. Takes about 2-3 min.
4. Prepare a bowl that is large enough for all ingredients. Use a spatula and not a hand mixer from now on as you want to slowly combine all ingredients.
Start with the fluffy egg yolks by adding them to your bowl.
Now stir in the chocolate.
Add the egg whites.
Finally, work in the whipped cream. Leave about 2-3 tablespoons of whipped cream for decoration.
5. Serve the mousse straight away or chill it in the fridge (good idea if you want to prepare the mousse in advance). It is important that the mousse is firm like a pudding. Should that not be the case, cool it in an ice bath by placing the bowl into a larger bowl with ice-cube infused water or in the fridge until it gets firm.
6. Decoration: Melt the white chocolate in a bain-marie (just like the dark chocolate earlier). Wash a few raspberries. In a small bowl, put a scoop of mousse au chocolate and decorate it with a spoon of whipped cream, 2-3 raspberries and drizzle a few lines of white chocolate on top of the mousse. Enjoy with pleasure.