If you want to “gild the lilly” for your Valentine this year, but don't want to do a lot of work, this chocolate mousse recipe may be just right for you. There's no real cooking involved (except to heat the milk) and the only special tool you may want to use is your blender. In spite of the ease of preparation, this makes a rich and elegant dessert. It can be made a day ahead to save more time for smooching.
This recipe makes 4 to 6 small servings. As rich as this is, small servings are enough.
8 ounces of chocolate chips
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
Whipped cream for topping
Put the chocolate chips, sugar, egg, salt and vanilla in a large blender or food processor. Heat the milk in a sauce pan just until boiling. Add the hot milk to the blender and blend for 1 minute, or until all is smooth. (Be careful when blending hot liquids. Always use a towel to hold the blender lid on so it doesn't pop off, spraying hot liquid on you.)
Pour into individual ramekins or or other serving glasses and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours (or overnight). Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
Photo by Sanja Gjenero