This mousse is straight-up chocolate. Rich. Deep. Dark. Complex.
Rich dark chocolate mousse is so easy to make and so impressive your guests won't believe you made it yourself.
- Pour the coconut milk into a bowl and place in the freezer to thicken.
- 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. Add a pinch of cinnamon or chilli powder if you want to add a little zing. 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 like your life depends on it. The ice bath underneath cools the chocolate, and the whisking action incorporates air that create the fluffy, mousse-like texture. It takes 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.
- Remove your bowl from the freezer. Add the vanilla essence 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.