A Valentine’s Day Quickie: 5 Minute Chocolate Mousse

A dollop of whipped cream adds a bit of love to this otherwise vegan chocolate mousse.

You can’t get a reservation to save your life, all the restaurants are filled up, and you have to work late. After all, Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year and your boss doesn’t care if you have a love life or not. You feel like an idiot because you didn’t prepare for this day and you know your significant other is going to be beyond pissed if you don’t do something special. What to do?

Beyond hoping that you can find some decent flowers, we suggest you buy a nice bottle of Champagne, or two, a good pâté, a few nice cheeses, a bleu, cheddar, and maybe a Swiss, and a baguette. A few other things like olives, cornichons, some raw almonds, and dried apricots to round out the nosh. Keep the meal simple so you don’t feel stuffed and bloated. After all, neither one of you will be in the mood for that something-something if all you want to do is veg out on the sofa.

To assure that you’ll be getting that something-something, invite your honey into the kitchen while you defy all the laws of cooking by adding water to chocolate. In less than 5 minutes you’ll have the best chocolate mousse ever. You’ll even prove that your biceps are not just for show, but that you can actually use them. While you are whisking away, throw out terms like ‘molecular gastronomy’ and that it was the French chemist, Hervé This that discovered this unusual dessert. By the end, you’ll both be feeding each other out the bowl and well, let’s just say that the kitchen will really be cooking.

5 Minute (Vegan) Chocolate Mousse

265 grams (about 9.40 ounces) dark chocolate (we use 54% Trader Joe’s dark chocolate we don’t recommend using any chocolate higher than 60% cocoa)
1 cup water
1 – 2 tablespoons of honey or ultra fine sugar (optional)
Note: honey is not vegan.

Place a large mixing bowl on top of another slightly smaller one, filled with ice and cold water (the bottom of the large bowl should touch the ice). Set aside.
Put chocolate, water, and honey/sugar in a medium-sized pan and melt the chocolate over low heat, stirring occasionally until just melted. Do not boil or simmer.
Pour the melted chocolate into the mixing bowl sitting on top of ice and water, and start whisking like hell with a wire whisk (or an electrical hand-held mixer if you don’t have the muscles) until it begins to thicken. Watch the texture as you whip and make sure not to over-whip as it will make the mousse grainy. You want it drip from the whisk in ribbons. If the mousse becomes grainy transfer it back into the pan, reheat until half of it is melted, pour it back to the mixing bowl and whisk again briefly.
Divide into four serving cups serve right away or refrigerate.

Thanks to Cenk over at Café Fernado for inspiring this blog post!

Cooking Demo – February 12, 2011

Sweet Inspirations
Fruit infusions: bubbly, baking & chocolate

Tired of the same sparkling wine, chocolates, and roses for Valentine’s Day? Come to (y)our food choices first cooking demonstration just in time for Cupid’s big day, where we’ll show you how to turn inexpensive bubbly into a sophisticated cocktail, make tasty scones in a variety of flavors, and infuse the flavors of fruit and spice into a quick and simple  chocolate mousse that can be served even to your vegan friends. All with just a simple spicy fruit juice reduction.

We’ll demonstrate how to reduce the juice, bake the scones, and make the fabulous mousse, all while sipping on a sparkling cocktail. You’ll be able to taste three different scone varieties and three different chocolate mousses, along with a glass or two of fruit-infused bubbly. Move over mimosa! After you try our fruit reductions you’ll be asking your favorite brunch spot to pass on the OJ and bring on the syrup.

Our cooking tutorial will be held on Saturday, February, 12, 2011 from noon to 2:30 pm at Zannah Noe’s studio, 900 Tennessee Street #21 @20th St. in the Dogpatch district of San Francisco.  Cost is $45 and includes detailed recipes for everything we prepare and serve.

Purchase your tickets at our Eventbrite page.

Be sure to hurry, as space is limited!