I’ve been eyeing off aquafaba (chickpea brine) mousse recipes on the internet for months now so decided to pull my finger out on the weekend and give it a try.
Chickpea brine smells SO gross, so I was hugely skeptical at first as to whether you could make something out of the stuff that would taste any good. So now you know, don’t throw away the aquafaba, it’s liquid GOLD.
The key to this recipe is to make sure that you’ve fluffed up your aquafaba enough – I used a hand whisk and kept whisking (alternating arms!) for a good 15 minutes to get it to the required consistency. It would be MUCH easier to use an electric beater, so if you have one to hand, do yourself (and your arms) a favour and use that instead.
Apart from the whisking, this is a pretty straightforward recipe with only three ingredients. Give it a go – I need someone else to confirm that it doesn’t taste like chickpea brine!
100g good quality dark chocolate – as always, I used Lindt dark 70%
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp chickpea brine (aquafaba) – there should be at least this amount from one 400g tin of chickpeas
3 tsp vanilla essence
Break the chocolate into pieces and use a double boiler method (here’s a good step-by-step on how to do this) to melt the chocolate, 1 Tbsp aquafaba and the vanilla essence. Stir occasionally until fully melted.
While the chocolate is melting, whisk the remainder of the aquafaba in a large bowl until stiff peaks form. Be persistent – don’t stop until the peaks appear!
Once sufficiently whipped, add 1/4 of the aquafaba to the melted chocolate (taken off the heat) and stir until combined.
Now add the chocolate to the remainder of the aquafaba and fold until just combined. You don’t want to mix it too much here as your mix will flatten and you won’t have fluffy mousse.
Pour into ramekins or small bowls and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.
Makes dessert for four people (or two hungry ones!)
Time to make: 5 minutes prep, 20 minutes whisking by hand (take off 15 minutes if using an electric beater), 10 minutes to combine = 35 minutes
On a scale of easy (1) to pull your hair out difficult (5) = 2, whisking can be a pain if you don’t have an electric beater, but otherwise it’s fairly straightforward.
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