Chocolate Mousse

Great for dessert or fillings for cakes or pies.
Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Mousse

PREP TIME

45

minutes

TOTAL TIME

45

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

45

minutes

TOTAL TIME

45

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • 6

    oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, or a mixture, chopped

  • 1

    Cup heavy cream

  • 1

    large egg

  • 2

    large egg yolks

  • Pinch fine salt

  • 1/3

    Cup Sugar

Directions

Put the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with 1 inch or so of water to a very slow simmer, set the bowl over, but not touching the water. Stir the chocolate occasionally until melted and smooth. Make sure the mixture is cool to the touch before adding it to the egg mixture. Whip the cream in a medium bowl until it holds soft peaks. Take care not to over whip the cream or the mousse will be dense. Cover and refrigerate while you cook the eggs. Put the eggs in another bowl that also sets over the water in the saucepan. Beat the egg yolks, pinch of salt, and sugar until foamy and light, about 30 seconds. Set the bowl over the water and whip an electric mixer or whisk, moving in a circular motion around the bowl, until the eggs get very fluffy and hot to the touch, about 3 minutes. Remove the bowl from the heat and continue beating on high speed until the thick ribbons fall from the beater when lifted out of the bowl, about 5 minutes more. Fold about a quarter of the eggs into the chocolate to lighten it, then fold in the rest of the egg. This will be thick. Add ΒΌ of the whipped cream and beat in to lighten the mix. Finally fold the remaining whipped cream into the chocolate base to make a smooth light mousse. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

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