Salted Butter Caramel-Chocolate Mousse


Happy Friday! Well, it was a happy Friday until my day fell apart. It all started off well enough. I got some things done around the house while I waited for a yard guy to come and give me an estimate for some work. The guy came, I liked him, I started working on this blog post. While I was eating my lunch I got a call from my daughter’s teacher. There was a minor situation that required me to run up to the school. I had to reschedule an appointment with another yard guy because he was due to arrive before I would have time to get back. On the way to school, my car started acting up. Shaking and the check engine light flashing. I limped back home, and Google tells me it’s a cylinder mis-firing and that I shouldn’t drive the car until it gets fixed. Why do these things happen on Friday?


Luckily I have the memory of this week’s Cook the Book Fridays recipe to keep my spirits up. We made Salted Butter Caramel-Chocolate Mousse, and boy was it good!

The recipe starts off by having you make caramel. David’s instructions for the caramel were excellent; I knew just when to pull it off the heat. Next the chocolate is whisked into the caramel with a bit of fleur de sel. After cooling to room temperature, the eggs are folded in. The hardest part of this recipe is waiting 8 hours before eating it!


The flavor and texture of this mousse is just fantastic. The salted caramel adds wonderful complexity to the flavors. It was a big hit with my family, and may become my new go-to chocolate mousse recipe (sorry, Dorie!).

My day is looking up. My husband is bringing his car home so I can drive my daughter to PT, and we have a fun evening and weekend planned. I’ll just ignore my car sitting out there until Monday…

Have a great weekend, and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers!

You can find the recipe for Salted Butter Caramel-Chocolate Mousse on page 258 of David Lebovitz’s book My Paris Kitchen.



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11 responses to “Salted Butter Caramel-Chocolate Mousse

  1. I think this version might have bumped Dorie’s in my mind too. I loved this one. Hope next week is less eventful. Happy Mother’s Day to you.

  2. Those days happen but it appears that you took it with good cheer. I hope one yard man didn’t run in to another yard man and why was that happening anyway? Just asking. I loved this version also and, not being disloyal because I love everything about Dorie, I did like it much better. The dark chocolate. The texture. The taste. And, it was easier to make, IMO. I must say “Happy Mother’s Day to you.” From everything I read and know about you, I realize what a great Mother and parent you are. I am so glad we’re cooking along together again, as I’ve said before.

  3. Emily

    Glad everything was A-Okay by day’s end! Love love the entire setting for your pictures, and you are brave to use white table linen!

  4. I hope the weekend makes up for all the frustration of today. I hate days like that. Your mousse turned out beautifully – thank goodness it was there to soothe your spirits!

  5. I agree that waiting 8 hours is hard! Sorry for your crappy Friday but really, your mousse turned out wonderfully!

  6. Sorry for your bad luck Friday. At least you had the memory of the mousse to sweeten things up a bit! This one is my new favourite but Dorie’s is my “go to” because it’s a bit easier to make…

  7. I love the spirit how you’ve turned things around amid all the bumps along the way and how your day ended on an up-note. Happy Mother’s day. When in doubt, see dessert first!

  8. Nicole @ The 2nd 35 Years

    So sorry to hear that everything went off the rails, and hope things are on the mend now. This dessert definitely makes up for some of that!

  9. Oh, man, Karen! Why do these things happen on a Friday?!? I’m telling you, something weird was going on in the last week. Seriously. I’m glad things are looking up and that the dessert worked so well for you all!
    Happy Mother’s Day–hope it was great!

  10. Chocolate always makes things better and this dish is so full of chocolate!! Happy Mothers Day to you also

  11. Theres nothing to big a thing which cant be solved by some chocolate !!
    Great stuff looking forward to more stories and recipes !

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