Cheaters are never winners or so we've been told. In this case, not true. This is a cheater's dessert but nonetheless, my kids don't know I didn't make mousse from scratch and it certainly beats instant pudding mix. It's a sweet version of mousse so don't be tempted to swap in ready-made whip cream because you're results will be sickening sweet for even a serious sweet-tooth. Some shaved white chocolate on top is a lovely finish.
Cheater's Chocolate Mousse
3 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
9 ounces best quality semisweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces or use chips
1/4 cup hot water
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Put the marshmallows, butter, chocolate and water in a heavy-based saucepan.
Put the saucepan on the stove, over heat, though keep it fairly gentle, to melt, stirring every now and again. Remove from the heat to cool.
Meanwhile whip the cream with the vanilla until thick and then fold into the cooled chocolate mixture until you have a smooth, cohesive mixture.
Pour or scrape into 4 or 6 glasses or small dishes and chill until you want to eat. The sooner the better!