OK you guys. I haven’t posted in a couple of days. And do you want to know why? It’s because I have been getting put in my place by some stupid chocolate mousse.
Here’s what happened: I had read online about a chocolate mousse recipe created by the molecular gastronomy pioneer Hervé This. It contains only two ingredients: chocolate and water. And the whole thing is that, while conventional cooking wisdom tells us not to mix chocolate an water (or the chocolate will seize up, making it grainy and gross), this mousse is supposed to be smooth, chocolaty and delicious.
So the first recipe I tried said to combine equal amounts of chocolate and boiling water in a bowl.
Then whisk until the chocolate was totally melted.
I didn’t get any pictures of me whisking, but trust me, it was crazy. And it’s supposed to thicken and turn into mousse. And after a couple of minutes, it even started to get thicker. So I start congratulating myself on my awesomeness. And then it stops thickening. Crap. So I’m thinking maybe the ice bath isn’t cold enough any more. So I re-melt the chocolate, get more ice in the ice bath this time and try again. Same thing happens. So I get a little crazed. I think maybe I’m not whisking fast enough.
Hey, you know what whisks really well? The stand mixer.
Oh, crap I’m making a mess. Oh well, at least it’s not all over my clothes, dishes, cabinets, floors, and body. Oh, wait . . .
So, I poured the whole mess in a cup, put it in the fridge, and hoped for the best. Here’s what I got the next day:
Well, this is decidedly not mousse. So I tried again. This time I started with a more precise recipe (which I got here). So I measure out my 200 milliliters of water and my 225 grams of chocolate, and I melt them together in a saucepan.
So after about two minutes, the whole thing is thickening, and I am so excited that at last my hard work is paying off! And then, surprise! It stops thickening. Dang. So I pour it into a glass, put it in the freezer, and hope for the best.
But I’m not giving up! I am going to figure out this stupid mousse if it kills me. And if you’ve ever made it and had it come out, please let me know the secret!
Not looking forward to the cleanup,