Chocolate Whipping Cream

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

  • 3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (not more than 62% cacao), chopped medium-fine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • A pinch or two of salt (optional)
  1. Put the chocolate in a medium bowl.
  2. Bring the cream to a gentle boil in a large heavy saucepan and pour over the chocolate. Let stand for 30 seconds, then stir well.
  3. Let stand for 15 minutes or so to finish melting every last speck of chocolate, then stir until the mixture looks perfectly uniform. Let cool.
  4. Taste and add salt, if desired. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until completely chilled (or leave it overnight!
  5. Whip the cream with an electric mixer until it lightens and holds a shape (it won’t be smooth if you overwhip it). Use immediately or refrigerate until needed.
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