Perfect Chocolate Mousse

If you read My Baking Addiction on a regular basis, which I certainly hope you do, you may recall that I am not a HUGE chocolate lover. I would classify myself as a “sort-of chocolate liker” meaning I’ll eat a mini frozen Snickers during a certain time of the month or chomp down on a mini Reese Cup swiped from a candy dish—but I rarely crave it!

On the other hand, Brian and my dad are chocolate lovers and drool at the thought or site of anything chocolate. For Easter, my dad had two requests; a Honey Baked Ham and chocolate mousse. My first instinct was to make the mousse that I had prepared back in February, but a twitter pal led me to a Julia Child recipe that had been tweaked by the ever-so amazing David Lebovitz.

David’s recipe seemed straight forward, but involved quite a few steps, so I decided to construct this dessert early Easter morning to allow an ample chilling time. This classic French recipe does contain raw eggs, so if that is something that concerns you, this may not be the mousse for you. David recommends using high quality chocolate, so I picked up a 9.7 ounce bar of Scharffen Berger. Although this chocolate is definitely pricey in comparison to your typical grocery store chocolate, the results are well worth the extra cost.

The result? This is one of the most decadent, rich desserts that I have ever made or tasted. The coffee added a great depth of flavor and the consistency was truly lovel. More importantly, the choco-holics enjoyed every last spoonful. I served this topped with fresh whipped cream and strawberries. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

Perfect Chocolate Mousse

Yield: 6-8 Servings


6 ounces (170g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
6 ounces (170g) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup (60ml) dark-brewed coffee
4 large eggs, separated
2/3 cup (170g), plus 1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons (30ml) dark rum (I left this out)
1 tablespoon (15ml) water
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Heat a saucepan one-third full with hot water, and in a bowl set on top, melt together the chocolate, butter and coffee, stirring over the barely simmering water, until smooth. Remove from heat.

2. Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside.

3. In a bowl large enough to nest securely on the saucepan of simmering water, whisk the yolks of the eggs with the 2/3 cup of sugar, rum, and water for about 3 minutes until the mixture is thick, like runny mayonnaise. (You can also use a handheld electric mixer.)

4. Remove from heat and place the bowl of whipped egg yolks within the bowl of ice water and beat until cool and thick, as shown in the photo above. Then fold the chocolate mixture into the egg yolks.

5. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with the salt until frothy. Continue to beat until they start to hold their shape. Whip in the tablespoon of sugar and continue to beat until thick and shiny, but not completely stiff, then the vanilla.

6. Fold one-third of the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the remainder of the whites just until incorporated, but don't overdo it or the mousse will lose volume.

7. Transfer the mousse to a serving bowl or divide into serving dishes, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, until firm.


- May be refrigerated for up to 4 days.


30 Responses to “Perfect Chocolate Mousse”

  1. bunkycooks — April 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    What a beautiful dessert! The type of chocolate definitely does make a difference! Your pics look great!


  2. Kathy @ The Sugar Queen — April 14, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I love chocolate, and have only had chocolate mousse once in my lifetime, which was YEARS ago. This looks absolutely wonderful!


  3. Memoria — April 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Those bowls!! The mousse!! I don’t know which one I like the most! You did a beautiful job. Great presentation.


    • Jamie — April 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, those little bowls are actually from Big Lots! Aren’t they the cutest?!?

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet — April 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Mmmm I have been dying to try to make some chocolate mousse. Looks delicious!


  5. Flavia — April 14, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Beautiful! I love the bowls and napkins–where did you get them?


    • Jamie — April 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks for commenting! The bowls are from Big Lots and the napkins are from World Market.

  6. Kirsten — April 14, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I have made Julia’s recipe before. I also have my own recipe. We just love it all. You should really give it a try with some Contreau or just Orange flavoring. It just tastes so wonderful. Yours looks great in those beautiful bowls. Thanks.


  7. Jess @ My Sweet Gems — April 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    That looks great! A great sub for people might be using a bit of Kahlua instead of the rum/coffee maybe.


  8. Katrina — April 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    This certainly does look perfect! Can’t wait to try!


  9. Sharlene — April 14, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I made the same exactly mousse a couple days ago and was planning to post it on my blog next week! Amazing results. Your pictures are beautiful. Much nicer than mine :)


  10. Sara — April 14, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Looks Delicious!!!! I want some right now!


  11. Binky — April 14, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    That looks so good! Mousse is definitely something that should convert a chcolate liker to a chocolate lover! Thanks for sharing the recipe too! ^_^


  12. Joe @ Eden Kitchen — April 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Oh wow, that there looks like heaven. I love a good chocolate mousse!


  13. Cherine — April 15, 2010 at 3:32 am

    This is a divine dessert!!!


  14. Heavenly Housewife — April 15, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Read about this last night on twitter. Your description sounds so good, I absolutely must try it.
    *kisses* HH


  15. Mrs. Jen B — April 15, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Funny – I was just looking at Julia’s recipe the other night and considering making this over the weekend. My only problem with it is the addition of coffee – my f-in-law loathes the taste and smell of it. I’m sure I could get away without using it – but I know I’ll miss the taste myself, because I love coffee + chocolate!

    This looks great! Gorgeous pictures!


  16. Rick — April 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I would love to try this with white chocolate.


  17. kristan roland — April 15, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Gorgeous!!! That mousse looks absolutely delicious. I am not a HUGE chocolate lover either, but I will never turn down a frozen Snickers bar..those things are like crack.

    I love the cute napkins, too. Beautiful picture.


  18. Lucy — April 15, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    This looks silky soft and gorgeous – an expert request from your Dad! Definitely a recipe to bookmark.


  19. Andre@Cocoa — April 15, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    The mousse looks so great and the presentation as well.The photography really adds beauty to this post. Like everybody said that those bowls are really the cutest and I think many people including I would really want that bowls into the kitchen.


  20. Penny — April 16, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Fabulous! I need to stop reading ur blog late at night-I just end up eating more…it’s ur fault! :)
    I just got all the ingredients I need to try the recipe for a white chocolate/Lavender mousse I found…and WHERE did u get those napkins??!! Are they cloth?! LOVE THEM! :)


  21. shelly (cookies and cups) — April 16, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I have had this recipe bookmarked forever, but you are making me crave some mousse ;)


  22. Kaitlin — April 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    These are beautiful!

    I’m the exact same way with chocolate. That certain time of the month and temptation are pretty much the only times that I give in :)


  23. I nominated you for an award. Keep up the awesome picks and recipes!


  24. Kerstin — April 17, 2010 at 12:36 am

    What rich and indulgent treat – I love chocolate mousse but have always been too intimated to make it at home. You’ve inspired me to try!


  25. shania twain karaoke — April 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    A cute dessert. It looks like a lot of work to make it though.


  26. ingrid — April 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I’m not fond of chocolate at all but I did make a nutella marshamallow mousse that made me want to lick the bowl. In all honesty it was really the texture of it that I feel in love with. Mousse rocks. Now I’m on a mission to try other flavors. I haven’t really found a true vanilla one yet.


  27. Weekend Cowgirl — April 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I love chocolate mousse and will try this recipe this weekend! Thanks


  28. Coffee — May 9, 2010 at 1:04 am

    sounds tasty AND easy!

    and chocolate lover,

    check my mars coffee recipe,
    you’ll LOVE it!



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