This is one of the easiest treats you will ever make. You’ll especially appreciate the final step. Allow me to explain…
Many a recipe (including this one) will instruct us to:
- Mix ingredients.
- Pour mixture into serving dishes.
- Chill for at least two hours.
Is it just me, or does it seem that in order to follow the directions diligently we should mix our ingredients, pour the mixture into serving dishes, then promptly “put our feet up and do nothing for at least two hours?” It says to “chill” right? If we read this literally, I do believe we are being told to do absolutely nothing. Relax. Take a breather. Chill out already. For two entire hours (or more – don’t forget the “or more”).
Is anyone else thinking about Amelia Bedelia right now? (If you haven’t read those children’s books, you’re missing out.)
Now I’m not exactly sure what to think about recipe instructions that say, “chill until firm.” Rarely do I notice more defined muscle tone when I’m chillin’ in my chair for two hours or more. ”Chill until it jiggles in the middle” – well now, unfortunately that makes quite a bit more sense.
I’ll be the first to admit that taking time to rest doesn’t come easy for me. I’d love to “chill” after mixing up a recipe – but who will take care of all those dirty dishes? Amelia Bedelia, perhaps? If only.
While I’m sure we could have a lovely discussion about taking time to rest, washing dishes, or encouraging healthy muscle tone – I will now turn the conversation back to this new recipe I’d like to share, letting you know that in fact, once you mix it up, it needs to be poured into serving dishes and chilled.
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mousse
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Measure 3/4 cup cream into a sauce pan. Heat until hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips, stirring until melted. Stir in peppermint extract and set mixture aside.
In the meantime, whip the remaining 3/4 cup cream in a bowl until firm peaks form. Fold chocolate mixture gently into whipped cream. Spoon mousse into 6-8 bowls or cups. And finally, the instructions you’ve all been waiting for: Chill for at least two hours before serving.
After that, by all means, you should chill.