Simply Scrumptious Chocolate Mousse

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One of my all time favorite desserts is chocolate mousse.

But not just any chocolate mousse.

I love a dark, rich, creamy chocolate mousse that satisfies my cravings with just a few scrumptious spoonfuls.

This is a family favorite recipe that my brothers shared with me a few years ago.  Originally inspired by the Nestlé recipe printed on the packs of chocolate we would buy in France, I’ve tweaked it a little bit to reflect my preference for a very chocolaty chocolate mousse.

The quality of your mousse depends entirely on the quality of the chocolate you use so make sure you pick a good quality chocolate with a lot of flavor!

You only need three simple ingredients for this super simple, guilt-free mousse:

  • Eggs
  • Chocolate
  • Water

That’s it!

You may be wondering why water?

Water keeps the melted chocolate smooth and silky and easy to fold into the egg whites without breaking them.

My brother and I add the water at different times — He adds it after removing the melted chocolate from the double boiler. I add it after combining the cooled chocolate with the egg yolks as that is when the cream can get really thick.  Experiment with both methods to determine which one you prefer.

If you want a mousse that is a little richer and creamier, you can replace the water with raw butter for a truly decadent treat. Add the butter just as you remove the pan from the heat before your chocolate cools for easy blending.

Call me old-school but I insist on beating my egg whites by hand. There really is no better way to get the nice airy texture that makes a mousse so irresistible! My daughters join in on the fun and have mastered the whip as well.  They love to surprise teachers and friends for a special birthday treat with their own home made dessert..

And of course it dresses up any holiday table  beautifully!  Whether it be Christmas or Valentine’s Day, chocolate mousse is always the perfect treat 🙂

Enjoy with a nice glass of a dry red wine or if you prefer the tickle of bubbles, you can pair it with a cold glass of rosé champagne for a simply scrumptious treat.

Simply Scrumptious Chocolate Mousse

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Valerie Remy-Milora

Ingredients

  • 6 oz semi sweet chocolate
  • 2 oz dark chocolate
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp water *
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 6 egg whites
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Place chocolate broken into pieces in a double boiler, and melt completely, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow chocolate to cool to about room temperature.
  • Beat egg yolks slightly. Slowly mix cooled chocolate into egg yolks, stirring constantly.
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to keep chocolate yolk mixture silky smooth.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff. Beating the egg whites by hand yields the best results -- plus you won't feel guilty savoring the result of your work...!
  • Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.
  • Place into serving bowl and refrigerate for at least four hours.

If you like your mousse on the sweeter side, make two batches of this recipe, substituting white chocolate for all the chocolate in one of the batches.  Use a clear serving bowl and alternate layers of dark chocolate with layers of white chocolate before you place in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

Dress it Up!

For a little extra zing, replace the tablespoon of water with a table spoon of Grand Marnier or Cointreau.

In the mood for a little sizzle?  Add a sprinkle of red chili to your chocolate mixture before folding into egg whites

Comments

  1. This looks like a great recipe. I will have to try it. 🙂

  2. Not a huge dessert fan usually, but this looks absolutely delicious!

  3. Mary Dailey says:

    I have to try this because I love chocolate so much! This recipe looks fantastic and sounds great!

  4. Eva MItton-Urban says:

    Perusing the recipes on your blog – but then you had me at chocolate. Always a fan of quick and easy comfort desserts and this fits the bill. I like to change things up to surprise my 11 year old son Evan…soon he’ll be eating out more often with his friends *LOL*

    Eva Mitton-Urban

    • OH I’m all about yummy and easy to make treats Eva! I’m sure you are going to love this chocolate mousse, and so will Evan. What a lucky boy he is to have mama spoil him with decadent desserts 🙂

  5. alicia szemon says:

    very yummy! i love how you put it in a heart bowl. that is too cute(:

  6. Oh this looks heavenly from a fellow chocoholic!

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