- 4 ounces 71% cacao dark chocolate
- 3 ounces water
- pinch salt
- 1-2 ice cube trays worth of ice
- 1/2 can coconut milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
- coarse sea salt
- Place a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat. Break the chocolate into large chunks and place in the pan with the water and a pinch of salt. Stir with a whisk to melt the chocolate into the water. It should look like old fashioned chocolate syrup: smooth, slightly shiny, and liquidy. Turn off the heat.
- Dump the ice cubes into a large bowl and add about 1 cup of cold water. Place a slightly smaller bowl inside the large bowl and scrape the hot chocolate sauce into the top bowl. Grab a wire whisk and whisk that stuff. The ice bath underneath cools the chocolate, and the whisking action incorporates air that create the fluffy, mousse-like texture. Take about 3-4 minutes to get to the desired consistency. If your mousse suddenly cools and thickens too quickly, you can re-melt it and start over. Spoon the mousse into serving dishes and refrigerate if you’re not going to eat it immediately.
- If you’re making whipped cream, remove your bowl and beater from the freezer. Turn the can of coconut milk upside down and open the bottom. Spoon half the thickened, chilled coconut milk into the mixing bowl and save the rest for a curry. Add the extract to the bowl, then beat the coconut milk for 5 or so minutes until it takes on the texture of whipped cream. Dollop on top of the mousse, then sprinkle the top of the dessert with a pinch of coarse sea salt. Serve and relish the compliments.