Chocolate Mousse Recipe
Written by Roar Elias
Here is a basic chocolate mousse recipe that you can vary to make your own. Some suggestions on how to vary the recipe is included at the bottom of this article.
With a little thought and practice, chocolate mousse can be a simple, satisfying treat or a more extravagant embellishment to compliment any meal. Where and when chocolate mousse originated is a bit of a mystery but after the Spanish introduced chocolate to the French in the 17th century, chefs have been creating masterpieces with it ever since. The word, ‘mousse’ is French for ‘foam’ and recipes have been in circulation since the 18th century. Rich, velvety and silky, it has become one of the most coveted chocolate sensations. Featured on many restaurant menus and a favored part of a home cook’s arsenal, chocolate mousse recipes are a versatile formula that can reflect the personality of the creator.
A chocolate mousse recipe is relatively simple but with some creative additions, this simple treat can magically morph into a delectable dish that wins hearts. The secret to success with chocolate mousse, actually any chocolate recipe, is to use the very best chocolate you can find. Your mousse will only be as good as the chocolate you decide to use.
A Basic Chocolate Mousse Recipe
- 8oz of dark chocolate, chopped.
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 4 large eggs separated
- 2 cups of whipping cream.
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- In a double boiler, melt chocolate, stirring carefully so that the chocolate doesn’t burn. Add the sugar and mix well. Whisk in egg yolks one at a time. Completely incorporate the egg before adding the next yolk. The chocolate mix should be rather thick at this stage.
- Remove chocolate from heat and set aside to cool.
- Now in a large bowl, beat egg whites on low until thick and foamy. Increase speed to high and beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
- Combine the vanilla with the cream and whip until thick.
- Fold the egg whites into the cooled chocolate mixture.
- Fold the whipped cream a little at a time into the chocolate mix until it is smooth and glossy.
- Divide into 6 dessert glasses. Chill until ready to serve.
Some Alternatives to Add to the Basic Variety
A purist will love this mousse as it is. Serve topped with whipped cream. Try dusting it with confectioner’s sugar and cocoa powder for that professional touch! But if you are looking for a little more of a wow factor to make this chocolate mousse recipe your own, try a variation of these:
- Use dark, milk or white chocolate.
- Fold through grated dark chocolate.
- Top with fresh berries of your choice dusted with superfine sugar and garnished with mint leaves.
- Melt dark chocolate and drizzle over the top just prior to serving!
- Crush raspberries and sugar together to create a splash of red to jazz up your plate!
- Crushed nuts sprinkled over the top
- Add a teaspoon of strong coffee to the mousse mix prior to plating it.
- For a dessert with attitude, add a dash or two of your favorite liqueur to the mixture after heating. Good choices include orange, coffee or peppermint liqueur. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of grated dark chocolate.
- Be clever! Make some dark chocolate mousse and white chocolate mousse. Swirl the two together is pretty serving glasses.
- Finely chop after-dinner mints and fold through the mixture. Serve with a sprig of peppermint on top.
- Add the finely-grated zest of one orange and a dash of grand mariner.
- For a dessert with pizazz, serve the mousse in chocolate bowls.
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