Chocolate Mousse

Don’t let the simplicity of this picture fool you. This is one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. It’s rich and creamy and light and completely delicious.  Chocolate, butter, eggs, sugar and cream – 5 ingredients that come together to create a decadent dessert that’s perfect to serve to company.

How can you go wrong by starting with this much chocolate??  The process is a little complex, but not overly difficult. And seriously, this recipe is worth it. As soon as I tasted the end result I knew I would be making this again.

The process of making a mousse has intimidated me in the past, but I just did exactly what the directions said, and it turned out great. The most difficult part was cleaning up the cream that I’d managed to splatter over everything. The rest was simple, although slightly time consuming. The best part is that you can make this dessert hours in advance and let it sit in the refrigerator until you’re ready for it. 

This is a perfect dessert for a special occasion. It has a rich and decadent chocolate flavor, and the whipped cream gives it a nice light texture. Mike gave this yet another 4.75 rating and has continued to talk about how good it is.

 

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Chocolate Mousse

Yield: Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

8 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup water, divided
2 tablespoons butter (no substitutes)
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups whipping cream; whipped with 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract until stiff peaks form

Directions:

In a microwave or double boiler, heat chocolate, 1/4 cup water and butter until the chocolate and butter are melted. Cool for 10 minutes.

In a small heavy saucepan, whisk egg yolks, sugar and remaining water. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160 degrees F, about 1-2 minutes. (*It took me closer to 10 minutes). Remove from the heat; whisk in chocolate mixture.

Set saucepan in ice and stir until cooled, about 5-10 minutes. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into dessert dishes and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

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23 Responses to “Chocolate Mousse”

  1. 1

    Jessica @ How Sweet — March 8, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    Never made it, have always wanted to – I'm afraid I'd eat the entire thing in one sitting!!!

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    Simply Life — March 8, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    wow! you are so good!

  3. 3

    Anne Marie — March 8, 2010 @ 2:52 pm

    You are such an amazing chef!

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  5. 5

    Karly — March 8, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

    Oh, I have got to try that! I bet it's amazing!

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    Maria — March 8, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

    It looks so smooth and rich. Love it!

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    Heather — March 8, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

    I swear I was just sitting here eating a Jell-O chocolate mousse thinking, "Hmm, I wonder if I could make this myself?" It doesn't look like this version is only 50 calories, but you can't beat homemade.

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    megan — March 8, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

    Simply Life, Anne Marie – seriously, anyone can make this. All I did was follow the directions. And I was nervous I was going to mess it up!

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    megan — March 8, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

    Heather – haha with a recipe like this, you just can't think about how many calories it has. It's totally worth it though ;)

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    Jamie — March 8, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

    I am so glad you gave this one a try, it truly is delicious! Yours looks fabulous and glad the hubs liked it! :)

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    Kathleen — March 8, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

    I love chocolate mousee. Yours looks sooo yummy!

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    Memória — March 9, 2010 @ 2:12 am

    I love making and eating mousse. I had my first one when I made my chocolate mousse cheesecake and have never forgotten how insanely amazing that stuff is hahaha. So, I understand what you mean about how simple it looks but how amazing it tastes!!! YUM!

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    megan — March 9, 2010 @ 3:35 am

    Jamie – Thanks for a great recipe! Everyone absolutely loved it :)

  14. 14

    NikiTheo — March 9, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

    Omg, I would be terrified of eating all of this in one sitting. I'm not kidding. Chocolate pudding is my weakness!!!

  15. 15

    Christie @ Honoring Health — March 9, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

    Yum, that looks so delish!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — March 9, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    Yum! I love chocolate mousse… I want to run off and make some right now!

  17. 17

    Anh — March 9, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

    Such a great looking mousse!

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    Teauna — March 10, 2010 @ 3:01 am

    This looks so good! I found you on foodieblogroll!

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    Anna Tamar — March 10, 2010 @ 4:00 am

    Again, going to make this. Soon!

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    Barbara — March 10, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

    If I'm going to have mousse, it's going to be full calorie mousse! And this one is. It looks dark and heavenly. Yea Megan!

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    Art and Appetite — March 11, 2010 @ 12:04 am

    Megan, thanks for sharing. I love mousse! Oh la la. Thanks again.

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    grace — March 15, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    ah, i do enjoy when so few ingredients can come together and make something so luscious and rich and velvety. this is quite a treat, megan!

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    Anna Tamar — March 18, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

    I made this. Oh my. As my husband who is a dark chocolate fiend stated, "It's smooth dark chocolate, how can you go wrong?" it was amazing. A winner in the Murphey household.

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