1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 cups heavy cream, chilled
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons cold water
4 tablespoons boiling water
Whipped cream for the top
Slightly sweetened strawberries or raspberries, optional but so good and quite pretty on a holiday table.
Sift together sugar and cocoa in medium bowl; Add whipping cream and vanilla. Beat on medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bottom of bowl occasionally, until mixture is stiff.
In small cup, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand 1 minute to soften. Add boiling water; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved and mixture is clear. Cool slightly by stirring well with a fork until smooth. Do not allow the gelatin to cool too much or it will be hard to get it smooth.
Spoon gelatin mixture into whipped cream mixture; fold in until well blended-and don't worry too much about losing the airiness it is very forgiving. Spoon into pretty serving dishes. Cover with foil or saran wrap til ready to serve.