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Ever wondered how to turn a simple dessert into a gourmet delight? This guide will walk you through the process of creating a Dark Chocolate Dish with Sea Salt. This dessert is not only a feast for the eyes but also a symphony of flavors that will dance on your palate. The rich dark chocolate combined with the subtle hint of sea salt creates a perfect balance that will leave you craving more. Let’s dive into the world of gourmet desserts and learn how to make this exquisite dish.
About Dark Chocolate Dish with Sea Salt
This Dark Chocolate Dish with Sea Salt is a delightful treat that perfectly balances sweet and savory flavors. The rich, bitter notes of the dark chocolate provide a decadent base, while the sea salt sprinkled on top enhances the sweetness and adds a surprising crunch. The result is a dessert that’s both luxurious and satisfying, with a complexity of flavors that will delight chocolate lovers.
Dark chocolate is not just delicious, and it’s also packed with nutrients. It’s a powerful source of antioxidants, which can help combat oxidative stress in the body. Dark chocolate is also known to improve heart health, as it contains flavonoids that help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow.
As for sea salt contains essential minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron, among others. These minerals can aid in hydration, muscle function, and overall immune system health. However, it’s important to enjoy this dish in moderation due to its sugar and fat content.
For the Chocolate Mousse:
- ¾ cup chopped 85% cocoa dark chocolate
- 3 large egg whites
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1¾ cups heavy cream, chilled
For the Salted Caramel:
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed, room temperature
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt
- Whipped cream
- Shaved dark chocolate (optional)
- A pinch of sea salt
- Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Set a heatproof bowl on top of the saucepan, making sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. Add the chopped chocolate to the bowl, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula until completely melted, 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit until ready to use.
- Make the salted caramel: Evenly sprinkle the sugar over the bottom of a small skillet or saucepan and cook over medium heat, swirling the pan occasionally, but not stirring, until it starts to turn amber brown, 10–12 minutes. Add the butter and whisk until incorporated, 1–2 minutes. Slowly drizzle in the heavy cream and whisk to combine. Boil for 1 minute, then remove the pan from the heat. Whisk in the vanilla and flaky salt.
- Make the mousse: In a medium bowl, whip the egg whites with an electric hand mixer on medium-high speed until foamy, 1–2 minutes. Gradually add the sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks form, 5–6 minutes.
- In a separate medium bowl, whip the heavy cream with the hand mixer on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, 4–5 minutes.
- Add ¼ cup of the salted caramel to the melted chocolate and stir to combine. Reserve remaining salted caramel for garnish. Add the whipped egg whites to the chocolate mixture and gently fold with a rubber spatula to combine. Once the eggs are mostly incorporated, add the whipped cream and fold until fully combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1–2 hours, until set.
- To serve, divide the chocolate mousse between small bowls or glasses. Garnish with more whipped cream, a drizzle of salted caramel, shaved chocolate, and a pinch of sea salt.
Tips and Tricks
- Using chocolate with a higher cocoa content will produce a rich, deep flavor.
- Be patient when making the caramel. It takes time, but the result is worth it.
- Make sure to gently fold the egg whites and whipped cream into the chocolate mixture to keep the mousse light and fluffy.