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Make Chocolate Mousse For Your Sweetie

My girlfriend Elizabeth has a little problem when it comes to making decadent desserts: She has no oven! However, she wants to make her boyfriend a romantic dessert for Valentine's Day, so I suggested she make a creamy chocolate mousse. Mousse is a wonderful dessert for any sort of party because 1) it's glamorous, 2) it has to be made in advance, and 3) it is served in individual portions. To get the rich mousse recipe — it has a subtle hint of coffee —


Chocolate Mousse
From Food & Wine magazine

12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
6 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon instant espresso

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the chocolate with the butter over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  2. In a medium, heatproof bowl, whisk the egg yolks with 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar and the coffee. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk constantly until the yolks are frothy and an instant-read thermometer inserted in them registers 160°, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and fold in the melted chocolate.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar and the remaining 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.
  4. Set the bowl over the saucepan of simmering water and whisk the whites constantly until an instant-read thermometer inserted in them registers 140°, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and continue beating the whites until stiff and glossy. Fold the beaten whites into the chocolate mixture.
  6. In a clean bowl, beat 1 cup of the heavy cream until firm. Fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture until no streaks remain. Spoon the mousse into 8 glasses and chill for at least 2 hours.
  7. Just before serving, beat the remaining 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream with the confectioners' sugar until firm. Sprinkle on the instant espresso and fold gently so the flecks and streaks are visible. Dollop the cream over the mousse and serve.

Serves 8.

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
chocolate!! yum
artsyvixen artsyvixen 9 years
sundrops sundrops 9 years
Oh my gosh yummy!
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Ladies she actually does NOT have an oven. She lives in Southern Spain and in some apartments the kitchen's don't have ovens. I feel her pain because I lived in a crappy Spanish apartment without an oven for 6 months.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
i've never put cream of tartar in my mousse before...what does that do??? i've used it in cookies and egg whites...
mommahello mommahello 9 years
I hope her boyfriend is as thoughtful as she is, if you know what I mean. By 'no oven' I'm assuming it is out of commision.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
Thank you! I will make this for my family for Valentine's day dinner :-)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Love it!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
no oven? is that even possible? anyway, i love to make mousse as well - chocolate or any other flavor. it's easy and it lasts for a bit and you can put it in so many different forms that it's just all around fun!
emalove emalove 9 years
I can't imagine being without an oven! But this dessert is a great suggestion, looks delicious.
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 9 years
I looooooooove mousse!! It's so light and chocolately.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Really, no oven? The dessert sounds like heaven and I hate chocolate.
daisy1845 daisy1845 9 years
I was in charge of making desert last night, and I ended up making a mousse. Although I cheated...I just used heavy cream, espresso and nutella. But it was divine! I'll have to try this one out; I'm sure it'll be even better!
sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
My boyfriend LUVS mousse.
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