Chocolate mousse is the dessert that screams: special occasion. It is a decadent airy, fluffy sweet treat we all love and enjoy. It’s a dessert that seems simple but it is tricky to cook. Although it doesn’t have to be that way. We can make a show-stopping chocolate mousse with couscous wafers at no time with this recipe.
Dinner with friends? Sunday lunch? Or just a sweet tooth in the afternoon? No problem: this chocolate mousse recipe is as simple as it gets. It is delicious, melts in the mouth and paired with the crunchiness of the couscous wafers will make the perfect dessert to serve after a delicious meal at home.
Grab your ingredients: here’s how to prepare it.
Recipe by Giallo Zafferano’ Sara Bonaccorsi
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Serves: 2 people
- 100 ml of cream
- 100 grams of chocolate
- 20 grams of butter
- 150 ml of water
- 30 grams of granulated sugar
- 15 grams of ground cinnamon
- 150 grams of Martino Couscous
- 1 egg
- 30 grams of chopped hazelnuts
Prepare the chocolate mousse
In a small non-stick pan melt 100 grams of dark chocolate. You can also use the nain-marie method. Roughly chop the chocolate into small pieces, about the size of sugar cubes. Set chocolate pieces in the bottom of your metal or glass bowl, making sure it’s heatproof. Bring about an inch of water to a simmer in your saucepan. Set the heatproof bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir chocolate occasionally as it softens. When you have just a few small un-melted chunks, remove bowl from heat (the residual heat will melt the rest).
When the chocolate is melted toss inside 20 grams of butter and mix until the butter is melted and the chocolate has a shiny finish.
Next, wipe the cream with the help of a hand mixer. When the cream is firm enough pour inside the melted chocolate and mix gently to obtain an amalgamated mixture. Set the mousse in the refrigerator.
Prepare the couscous wafers
In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, add 150 ml of water, one teaspoon of granulated sugar and 15 grams of ground cinnamon and bring to a simmer.
When the water is simmering, remove from the heat and sprinkle 150 grams of Martino Couscous. Make sure to distribute the couscous evenly and leave it aside for 4-5 minutes until all the water is completely absorbed.
Now the couscous should be fully hydrated. Fluff it with a fork. This will remove any lumps and separate the delicate grains without crushing them to give the couscous a light, fluffy texture.
Pour the couscous in a mixing bowl and add 1 egg, white and yolk and 30 grams of chopped hazelnuts.
Shape the wafers
Cover a baking tray with parchment paper and pour on top a spoonful of the couscous mixture. With your hand and the help of the spoon shape the couscous wafers. Make sure to be evenly shaped and not too thick so that they become crunchy. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
Remove the mousse from the refrigerator and add it to your serving bowls (you can do this with a spoon or with a piping bag). Add the wafer on the side and sprinkle with extra chopped hazelnuts on top.
You can keep the mousse in the refrigerator up to two days after preparing it. It will still be tasty and fresh. As for the couscous wafers, make sure to keep them in a dry place to preserve their crunchiness and you will have a small snack ready to go anytime you need it!
We invite you to try out this easy and tasty chocolate mousse as soon as possible. You will definitely not regret it! And if you want more recipes like this one, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter and receive them directly in your inbox.
Mousse in French means to foam and refers to fluffy, rich foods. But don’t get intimidated by the French name. This mousse recipe is truly the easiest one you will find around. Take it and make it yours. Add your favorite toppings, enjoy it with the crunchy couscous wafers and don’t forget to leave us a comment to tell us all about it!