The Best Chocolate Mousse

This show-stopper, decadent dessert is truly The Best Chocolate Mousse I make, and is perfect for celebrating a special occasion.

The Best Chocolate Mousse | Sweet Baked LifeAnd because of the complexity of this recipe, I usually make it only once or twice a year. Usually for Christmas and my husband’s birthday (which happens to be this weekend).

You see my husband loves every spoonful of this stuff — it’s truly one of his favorites. Now I have tried quick and easy chocolate mousse recipes, such as this Easy Chocolate Mousse, which are perfectly fine to me, but for Mr. Picky, nothing compares to this tried and true classic.

It’s not that it is hard to make, it just takes a bit of coordination and time. Be sure that you read the recipe through first, so you know exactly what you need and the steps to turn chocolate, eggs and cream into a rich and fluffy mousse.

This Chocolate Mousse will definitely make your loved ones love you even more!

The Best Chocolate Mousse | Sweet Baked LifeThe original recipe is from one of my favorite chefs, Ina Garten. And I am happy to say, that each and every time I make this recipe it comes out perfect.

Just be warned before you start, you’ll use many bowls and have to clean your mixer several times in between steps. But believe me, the outcome is worth it. This silky stuff will make your tummy so happy!

And the hubs usually devours every last spec of this rich chocolaty Chocolate Mousse goodness! Now that alone makes me smile!

The Best Chocolate Mousse | Sweet Baked Life

The Best Chocolate Mousse

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life TBChocolateMousse-1

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup freshly brewed espresso
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced, at room temperature
8 extra-large eggs, separated, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus
2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
Kosher salt
1/2 cup cold heavy cream
homemade whipped cream, for garnish
shaved semi-sweet chocolate for garnish

In a heat-proof glass bowl set over a pan of simmering water, add both chocolates, espresso and vanilla extract and let melt. Remove bowl from pan and let cool to room temperature. Add the softened butter and beat with a whisk until incorporated. Then set aside until ready to use.

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the egg yolks and ½ cup of sugar and beat on high-speed for about 5 minutes; until light yellow in color. Then, with the mixer on low-speed, add the chocolate mixture and beat until incorporated. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl.

Add 1 cup of egg whites with a pinch of salt and the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar into your cleaned bowl of your electric stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Whisk on high-speed until stiff peaks form; do not over mix. Take about 1/2 of the egg whites and add into the chocolate mixture, then mix with a rubber spatula. Fold the remaining 1/2 of the egg whites and carefully fold with the spatula.

In the bowl of the electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the heavy cream and remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar and whisk until firm peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture. Pour the mousse into a 2-quart serving dish. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until set (about 1-2 hours or overnight).

When ready to serve, scoop into individual bowls and top with a bit of homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week (if it lasts that long!).

The Best Chocolate Mousse | Sweet Baked LifeGet ready to spread a bit of light and fluffy love by serving The Best Chocolate Mousse to your family!



{Recipe adapted from Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookbook}


5 thoughts on “The Best Chocolate Mousse

  1. just remembered how I truly gulped it down one christmas. Have never tasted anything so good. loved all the fabulous photos of the chocolate mousse and the whole presentation. Love, Mom xxx

    1. Laura, you have got to try it! You won’t be disappointed. And even though your kitchen will be a disaster, it really is not that hard to make! And your hubby will love it and you even more!!! 🙂

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