THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT . . . because even though I do not claim to have imagined nor invented this yogurt-version of a traditional well-known dessert, it seemed like an “intervention” was necessary (even when on my vacation) because all the existing versions that were brought to my attention by my friends were wrong ! Why ? Because one essential step was missing. If you don’t strain the yogurt very well (and as you know I love to filter and strain foods) before incorporating it with the other ingredients, the result ends up being closer to a chocolate cream or pudding and not a firmer yet aerated more compact and mousse-like consistency which is what you should be aiming for when calling something a “MOUSSE”.
p.s.: it’s always good to try to reinterpret recipes and to substitute ingredients even when the original versions are entirely satisfying ...
Even a thicker greek-style yogurt requires much straining (to reduce it to 2/3 of its original weight/volume) before using it for different preparations whether it’s a savory garlic and cucumber tzatziki sauce-dip or this version of a tangier and more refreshing chocolate mousse that eliminates the need for eggs whether you’re separating the egg yolks from the egg whites and using both or not, or whether you’re beating the egg whites until they form a meringue or not using the whites at all and using whipping cream instead before combining everything together. It’s an easier summer version of a dessert that is usually appreciated all year round.
I tried it out at home in Paris and really liked it and then re-tried it with my family in Montreal since I’m on vacation here now, as every year. You can adjust the ingredients, to balance out the chocolate’s natural bitterness with some extra sweetness and maybe a touch of alcohol.
It’s a short story, a short recipe and a quick post from far away, while I’m getting my suitcase ready to hop back onto a plane and head back to home sweet home in a few hours.
Happy beginning of the month of SEPTEMBER ! Time to get back to work, school, day-to-day life . . . :)