Unexpected company just arrived, and you need a quick, yet elegant, dessert to rustle up? No worries. This Chocolate Mousse recipe has you covered, using items that you might well have in your pantry and fridge.
Blackberry-Ginger Scented Chocolate Mousse
Now, don’t get deterred if you don’t have blackberry-ginger vinegar. Use whatever you have. Extracts will work, fruity-flavored balsamics, even herbs, such as mint and basil.
Here’s What You Need:
- 2 tablespoons Blackberry-Ginger Balsamic Vinegar, separated*
- 4 ounces dark chocolate
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 large avocados, pitted with flesh scooped out
- ½ cup maple syrup
- Pinch sea salt
- 1 cup Blackberries
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped (optional)
- Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a double-boiler, being careful not to have any water come in contact with them and that you don’t burn the chocolate. Stir frequently with a small wire whisk until mixture is homogenous and glossy. Set aside.
- Put the avocados, maple syrup, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and sea salt in a blender.
- Begin blending, then add in the chocolate mixture. You may need to stop the blender to scrape down the sides. Blend until the mixture takes on a smooth texture but do not allow blender to heat the mousse.
- Transfer mousse to individual serving bowls or large glass bowl.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Macerate the blackberries with the remaining 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar no more than 15 minutes before serving. Park in refrigerator.
- To serve, dollop some blackberries on top of the mousse.
- Optional: Adorn with minced candied ginger.
Some Tips For Styling:
When food styling your dish for serving, a good rule of thumb is to select ingredients that are in your recipe. This serves to entice your guests with what’s to come, and also doesn’t give the wrong impression—i.e., topping an entrée with minced parsley when not only is there no parsley in the recipe but instead has dill and thyme, very different flavor profile.
*You can get this flavorful vinegar at most olive oil/vinegar tasting rooms that seem to be popping up almost everywhere. You can also purchase it online at Amazon.com, OliveFoods.com, and BonShoppe.com