Top-Secret Chocolate Mousse

My husband loves chocolate.  Really loves it.  He doesn’t consider something a real dessert if it doesn’t feature chocolate.  So when I told him that this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe was Chocolate Mousse he said, “Finally!”.

Chocolate mousse is the quintessential French dessert.  The “top-secret” part of this recipe is that it took Dorie years to discover that the wonderful chocolate mousse all her friends made came from a recipe on the back of a Nestle chocolate bar.  The French equivalent to Nestle Toll House Cookies?

This mousse is really quick to “whip” together.  Start to finish in maybe 20 minutes (as long as the eggs are room temperature).  Dorie suggests adding a flavor while mixing in the egg yolks, and I chose to add vanilla.

We loved this chocolate mousse.  I served it with lightly sweetened whipped cream, and we felt it was essential to the dish.

My husband declared this his favorite French Fridays recipe.  When I reminded him of all the other dishes he has really liked, he said that if they were all lined up in front of him, he would eat the chocolate mousse first.  I made the mistake of telling him how quick and easy it was to make, and he requested it again the next night (unfortunately for him, we did not have all the ingredients on hand, though he offered to go get them).  I have a feeling I will be making this one often!

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13 responses to “Top-Secret Chocolate Mousse

  1. Jeremy says that must be serious if he offered to go get the ingredients;)

  2. at least its an easy one to make at the last minute! 🙂 I’m sure you might be making a double or triple recipe for someones birthday, or Christmas… LOL!

  3. Oh btw, did you see that we are doing a FFWD christmas card exchange? details are on my chocolate mousse post this week!

  4. Your mousse looks perfectly delicious!! Whipped cream was a great choice for a topping….I also used whipped cream. We really enjoyed this one too!
    Have a great weekend, Karen!

  5. Hi, Karen! I think I will be making this one often as well. Yours looks so pretty with the whipped cream on top.

  6. Too funny, sounds like your husband and mine have a lot in common. Mine is really looking forward to this dessert (I’m running a bit behind this week).

  7. I just love it when people offer to get the ingredients to you so that you make the recipe for them. It not only shows that the recipe is good but that cook is even better 🙂

  8. Your mousse looks so delicious – and light and fluffy! Mine didn’t turn out exactly that way, but at least my guests enjoyed it! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  9. I have a “it’s not dessert unless it is chocolate” person as well. Glad this was such a hit.

  10. I love your husband’s enthusiasm for the mousse! I was impressed with how easy this is to make. My “it’s not dessert unless it’s chocolate” person would like this again soon too.

  11. Your mousse looks so good! And you make it sound so easy!

  12. Anonymous

    i’ve made this recipe three times and it turns to cement when i add the yolks to the melted chocolate. what am i doing wrong? i call it “yuck/yum mousse”. i have to puree the choc/yolk/egg white mixture in my processor until smooth then i whip heavy cream and fold the choc. mixture into it. it tastes delicious. i follow the recipe to the letter – what’s my mistake?

    • I have heard of that happening to other people too. Mine came close to seizing up but I just kept mixing vigorously! I wonder if it has anything to do with the difference in temperature between the melted chocolate and the egg yolk?

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