Portion: Makes 12 individual servings
12 oz dark chocolate, chopped
1 tsp gelatin powder
1 cup milk
2.5 cups whipping cream
Put chocolate in a large bowl. Microwave until melted, stirring every 20 seconds.
Put milk in a saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin powder on milk and let sit for a few minutes.
Heat milk to just below a simmer and whisk into chocolate. Let cool to room temperature.
Whip cream with a mixer to soft peaks, place in room temperature for a while to increase temperature a bit, and fold into cooled chocolate mixture.
Pour mousse into individual bowls. Chill for at least 1 hour or until set.
Garnish with chocolate shavings, if desired.
This is a simple mousse technique. The resulting mousse is silky and smooth. If you want to make a stiffer mousse (like in a mousse cake), increase the amount of gelatin to 2 tsp.