Recipes

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Chocolate Mousse
Prep:  30 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Total Prep:  45 minutes
Servings:  8

Ingredients:
2 cups chilled heavy cream, divided
4 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
7 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Whipped cream

Instructions:

Custard:

In a 1 quart heavy saucepan, heat 3/4 cup of cream until hot.

In a metal bowl, whisk together yolks, sugar, and salt until well combined.

Add hot cream in a slow stream, whisking to combine.

Pour mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring continuously until a thermometer reads 160°F.

Strain custard through a mesh sieve into a bowl.

Add vanilla and stir.

Melt chocolate using one of several methods below:

  • A double boiler or a bowl over a pot of simmering water and stirring the chocolate continuously or;
  • A glass bowl in the microwave at 30-second increments until the chocolate softens.

Combine chocolate and mousse.

Whisk into the custard until smooth. Let cool.

Using an electric mixer and a medium bowl, beat the remaining 1-1/4 cups of cream to stiff peaks.

Fold in a fourth of the cream into the custard, then gently fold the remaining cream.

Spoon mousse into dishes and chill, covered for 6 hours.

Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes before serving.

Top with whipped cream.