This is a great use for the liquid in a can of chickpeas!
- Aquafaba (the water a can of chickpeas). I’ve found there’s usually about a cup per can, which works out well for this recipe.
- Baking chocolate. I like to use half to 3/4 of a bar (about 2 ounces). Use whatever kind of baking chocolate you’d like and sweeten accordingly. I use unsweetened chocolate and add sugar while making the mousse.
- Cream. 4 tablespoons (this works out to 2 ounces to create a 1:1 ratio with the chocolate)
- Brown sugar. 2 tablespoons, or less, depending on if you’re using sweetened chocolate.
- Honey. Either instead of the brown sugar or for drizzling on later to add sweetness
- Acid. I use 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. You can also experiment with cream of tartar or another acid, which helps stabilize the foam.
- Break the chocolate into pieces and use incremental microwave zaps to melt it.
- Pour the cream into the molten chocolate and stir until well mixed. Set aside so it can cool a bit. Drain the aquafaba into a large mixing bowl (setting aside the chickpeas for another recipe, of course :-), may we suggest Deli Panzanella?). Make sure the bowl and utensils are free from any grease or soap residue, as they can mess with the foaming action.
- Add the acid.
- Use an electric whisk or mixer to create the foam. This requires a little patience (it can take several minutes), but soon enough you’ll see the aquafaba grow before your eyes. You’ll know it’s ready when the volume increases dramatically, it’s turned white and it barely shifts when you move the bowl.
- Check on the chocolate and make sure it’s still melted, but, ideally, not too warm. Fold the liquid chocolate into the foam until everything is evenly mixed.
- Fold in the sugar.
- Cover and put in the fridge to set.
- Offer the bowl and whisk to husband for licking.
- Spoon into little dishes and savor your spoonfuls of chocolate clouds.