During the hazy days of summer, when my motivation is somewhat crippled between long, hot shifts in the kitchen and the unyielding heat, I tend towards creating very simplistic desserts in my own kitchen.
This is not a foreign feeling to me, the desire for my desserts to be quick, but incredibly tasty. After moving to Manhattan, I lived in an apartment for over a year with absolutely no oven. As much as I detested that period, looking back, it forced me to try tons of recipes that did not require the usage of any oven: candies, custards and frozen treats.
This recipe for chocolate mousse is one of my favorite discoveries of that period. Since my first creation of this mousse, I have tweaked the recipe, ever so slightly, to include the usage of Maker's Mark, my favorite bourbon. With just the slightest undertones of vanilla, the bourbon provides an incredible lushness to this dessert.
Serve with freshly whipped, slightly sweetened cream and let the swooning begin.