Dinner parties are fraught with timing. It’s hard enough to prep the app and have the all the pieces of the main course come out just right, why add on worry for a last minute dessert?. This dark chocolate mousse recipe is easy, fast, and done hours ahead of time, so you don’t have to worry about anything during dinner.
I have to admit I was intimidated by mousse; I thought it was a persnickety dessert, but it’s quite easy. The biggest thing to remember is clean beaters! You will beat egg yolks first, and then egg whites. If the beaters are anything less than pristine when you start the whites, you’ll be saying bad words in the kitchen.
This recipe is adapted from a recent issue of Bon Appetit! Let us know how you like it. Our taste-testers pestered us for the recipe!
- 7 ounces of chocolate (we used 65% cacao)
- 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 6 large eggs separated into two bowls
- 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons of sugar
- Separate the eggs into two large bowls.
- Start a pan of water on the stove. Place a large bowl on top of the pan so it doesn’t touch the water.
- With a hand mixer beat the yolks until fluffy and light, about five minutes.
- Place the chocolate and butter into the bowl on the stove, occasionally stir until the butter and chocolate have blended and fully melted.
- Clean the beaters of the hand mixer and dry thoroughly. Beat the egg white until medium-stiff and light.
- Fold the chocolate into the egg yolks and gently blend until no streaks show.
- Gently fold in the egg whites, mixing just enough to blend thoroughly.
- Pour into dishes and let set for four hours in the fridge.
- Serves 8 to 12 people, depending on portion size. Top with whipped cream and cocoa powder if desired.
Cooking Tips: We used the dishes above with a 1/3 cup pour, and our testers were satisfied. At that measure, you’ll get 12 servings from this recipe. A 1/2 cup pour makes eight servings. Be as gentle as you can with the egg whites so they don’t collapse. The melted chocolate will be heavy on the bottom, and you’ll need to keep scooping it up, into the mix. One last tip, this is completely adaptable to any chocolate. Use it with white chocolate or milk chocolate, it’ll work just as well.
If you want to do the whipped cream from scratch, follow the directions shown on our Sponge Cake Recipe, only two ingredients, heavy cream and a touch of sugar. If you are using this for a dinner party, go ahead and buy the can of ready-made whipped cream. A dusting of cocoa powder makes it look extra fancy.
Do you have any experience with mousse? Did you find it easy too? We hope we answered your question for how to make a chocolate mousse. Share your thoughts below.