Updated: Feb 24, 2018
1 ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
4 egg whites
⅓ cup sugar
¼ cup heavy cream
6 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
Homemade whipped cream for garnish
Chocolate shavings for garnish
In a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and salt until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. While beating, slowly add the sugar and beat together until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
Place the finely chopped chocolate in a small microwave safe bowl. In a small sauce pan, warm the heavy cream over low heat just until the edges start to simmer. Pour the heated cream over the chocolate. Allow to sit for a few seconds to gently melt the chocolate. Stir until smooth.
Fold the melted chocolate into the egg whites until mostly incorporated. It’s okay if there are still a few white streaks.
Add the egg white/chocolate mixture to the whipped cream and fold in gently until everything is completely incorporated.
Transfer into individual serving dishes. Chill and serve garnished with a scoop of whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Serves 6 – 8
Buy decent chocolate. Use whatever percentage of chocolate you like. The higher the percentage the darker and less sweet the chocolate. Don’t try to substitute chocolate chips as they are coated to prevent clumping.
If it the warmed cream doesn’t completely melt the chocolate microwave in 10 second intervals until fully melted but not hot. You will be stirring the chocolate into the egg whites and if the chocolate is hot the egg whites will break and curdle.
Don’t “stir” to incorporate ingredients. It’s important to “fold”. Stirring can cause the egg white and/or whipped cream to break down.
Be creative with your serving dishes. You can make these really cute by using small ramekins, wine glasses, martini glasses, champagne flutes or coups. Even sweet little tea cups look beautiful.
Try some different garnishes. Slice up a few strawberries, sprinkle on raspberries, throw on a few slivered almonds. Or chop up a candy bar and sprinkle over the whipped cream. Use what you have handy. Make it your own!