I firmly believe that there is no reason to limit your spring-cleaning to the spring.

Since we came back from holiday six weeks ago, I’ve felt a very strong urge to de-clutter and to simplify. I survived a month with just the clothes and possessions that I could fit in a suitcase. Having a whole flat’s worth now seems excessive.

This weekend we finally got rid of some unwanted furniture that had been making an obstacle course out of our hall for the last few weeks. We made several trips to the recycling centre with books and clothes and shoes. I cleared out the kitchen cupboards and took an inventory of everything lurking in the back of the freezer.

After all that, we cleaned floors, vacuumed carpets and polished surfaces. I wandered round the flat, marvelling at how bright and light and spacious it seemed. Together with a little bit of sunshine over the weekend, life has suddenly seemed a lot simpler and easier.

On a related note, I’ve also done a little spring-cleaning of the blog. If you reading this on the actual blog, you’ll notice a sparkling new header up top there. I worked with Shay, the talent that first came up with the design for my blog last year, to give this space a bit of a makeover. As before, Shay did such a great job at taking my jumbled vision and turning it into something beautiful. It has made all the difference.

Speaking of simplicity, you can’t get more simple than a dessert made from just two ingredients. When one of those two ingredients is chocolate, you know you’re not going to be disappointed.

This is one of those recipes that I’d seen in various places but never been convinced that it would actually work. To my amazement, it did and with just some chocolate, some water and a bit of whisking, I had a rich and luscious chocolate mousse. If only life was always this simple.


Two-ingredient chocolate mousse

Source: Food52

Yield: Serves 4

  • 200g (8oz) chocolate (Food52 recommends 70%, I used a mixture of various dark chocolate I had on hand)
  • 180ml (3/4 cup) water
  • Ice cubes

Prepare a large bowl over an ice bath.
In a saucepan over a medium-low heat, combine the chocolate and water stirring until all the chocolate has melted and you have something rich and glossy.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl-over-ice and, using a handheld electric whisk, whisk the mixture until it starts to thicken and turns a slightly lighter brown colour.
Pour the mousse into ramekins. Serve immediately or chill until required.

PS it really is this easy but if you run into problems, Food52 has some helpful troubleshooting tips.

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30 Responses to "two-ingredient chocolate mousse"
  1. Joanne says:

    A little spring cleaning in fall is definitely a good thing! And it will make the spring cleaning in the actual spring a lot less arduous. :P

    This mousse…it’s almost dangerous how easy it is to throw together.

  2. Aletea says:

    Nice looking blog! Even nicer looking mousse ;)

    M x

  3. That looks excellent! And so simple! :)

  4. I’m a firm believer in the power of getting rid of old stuff! I practically make a trip to get rid of stuff once a month!

    This dessert…oh…so lovely!

  5. Erin says:

    I’ve seen this recipe around and had wanted to make it, and then I promptly forgot about it. I need to move it back up on my list!
    Also, love the new header!

  6. Love the new header! Hmm, maybe being trapped inside with this hurricane will motivate me to do some spring cleaning of my own…

  7. I’m a firm believer of this IN MY MOUTH.

  8. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    Love the new header! I’m on a bit of a declutter war path atm too! there are so many organisational blogs out there to inspire too! I love this dessert idea, so much healthier than using cream! love love love it!

  9. love the total simplicity and sheer elegance of this!

  10. Antonia says:

    This is just to good to be true!!! Now I can have chocolate mousse anytime I want, and it’s healthy-ish…

  11. Emma Gardner says:

    Oooh I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for ages! It looks great, thank you for reminding me. & I really like the new header – I’m a big fan of elegant simplicity.

  12. HOLY CRAP!!! I would spoon this into my mouth. I hope that’s okay with you.

  13. I wholeheartedly agree – I am constantly in “spring cleaning” mode. My husband is always leaving things around and there are two places that i pile his things and he goes there to find them. I love a simplified life. And this mousse – so simple. I love it!

    I thought that the header looked different when I was here on Friday but I wasn’t sure. I really love it!

  14. Hannah says:

    I saw this on pinterest (possibly from you!) and have been wanting to try this…now you’ve posted it I’m more inclined to believe it works!

  15. I adore the new header, gorgeous! I am also quite fond of fall cleaning, I definitely need it in my life right now.

    This chocolate mousse looks astonishingly good. If I didn’t just come back from a five day food-marathon event, I would be making it right now. Instead, I’m book marking it and looking forward to making it in the future!

  16. Love the gorgeous crisp clean header! I love a good spring clean.

    And that mousse looks amazing. I can’t believe it’s only got 2 ingredients. It looks so good!

  17. Oh, I have been wanting to try this technique! I’m almost scared to know how to make the stuff, though. Your new header is lovely!

  18. I’ve only ever made chocolate mousse with chocolate and eggs so am intrigued by the water method – I think I saw James do something similar on the GBBO.

    Love your new header too – one day I want to get my blog properly designed, yours is so pretty!

  19. What? Water? Really? When you said two ingredient I was positive it was going to be chocolate and cream. Or chocolate and eggs. This I’ll definitely have to try.

  20. Also, while seeing my reflection in spoons drives me legit bonkers in my own photos, I am finding it completely adorable in yours :)

  21. Wait, this only needs chocolate, water + ice? That’s practically only 1 ingredient, since water is so easy to come by here. Fantastic! And I see your reflection in the spoons – adorable. =)

  22. I can’t believe this is the simplest mousse, ever!! Awesome :) i love going on a cleaning spree but then i don’t feel like cleaning for months, haha – i love the font of your new header. so pretty!

  23. Rachel Cooks says:

    Love the new header! And this mousse…oh my! Dangerous!

  24. I love de-cluttering and spring cleaning. I try to do it several times per year. Love the recipe!

  25. Spencer says:

    Looks delicious! I would so love to try some. I am sure it tastes great.

  26. I’m dying. Amazing. I’m making it, tonight. :)

  27. Love the new header!

    And I would have been dubious of this recipe too. Water and chocolate? Hmm. Happy that it worked out!

  28. I’m SO on board with two ingredient chocolate mousse :) And I like what you did with your site! Purtttty!

  29. I am experiencing massive confusion right now. I can’t believe chocolate and water would work, but you’re telling me it does! And it looks so beautiful! I’m going to have to try it.

    Your photos are beautiful, by the way :)

  30. Oh my gosh! It can’t get any simpler than this recipe.

    Love that it only has chocolate. YUM!

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