Valentine's Day is just a day away which means that right now, you are in one of the two categories. You either planned ahead and have dinner reservations at a trendy restaurant and a box of chocolates tucked away to bring out at the right moment. Or you are looking for excuses on why celebrating love just once a year makes no sense, driven largely by the fact that everything is too cheesy and too crowded and too sold out at the moment.
I personally remain a fan of staying at home not just for Valentine's but also for other crowd attracting festivals and new year's eves etc. This usually translates to ordering in pizza. But one thing I never order in is dessert. This particular year, food52 came up with an idea so genius and so easy just in time, I haven't even had to research cake recipes. For what they have is a super simple, super easy and completely fuss free chocolate mousse.
Now yogurt and orange marmalade aren't the first things to come to mind when you think chocolate mousse. But that's what we are dealing with here. There are no eggs or cream to faff around with, just a super simple recipe that takes less than 5 minutes to put together. The original recipe calls for a liqueur and no sugar but I have made some adjustments here to use what I had. The resulting mousse is still super rich.
90 grams dark chocolate (I used callebaut 72%)
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup greek yogurt
2 tsp orange marmalade
Finely chop the chocolate. In a small saucepan, heat the milk with the sugar, stirring to dissolve the sugar completely. Add vanilla to the milk, stir to mix and pour over the chocolate. Let sit for a minute, then stir until the chocolate dissolves completely and you have a smooth ganache.
In another bowl, beat greek yogurt with a spoon until completely smooth. Add the yogurt to the chocolate ganache and fold in with a spatula until the two are fully combined. Scoop out the mousse into two bowls, cover and leave in the fridge to set for at least an hour. You can even make this a day in advance.
Just before serving, spoon a tsp of orange marmalade on top of each bowl.