Monday, January 5, 2015

Chocolate Mousse

If you've already started your post-holiday detox, you may want to set this aside for another special occasion (or just go for it - dark chocolate is good for you, right?) 
Valentine's Day will be here before you know it, and any chocolate lover would be happy to dig into this. If you've got a gluten intolerant friend coming for dessert, as I did recently, this also would be most welcome. And most importantly, it's just plain delicious without being too heavy, like many chocolate mousse recipes, since this one contains no egg yolks, just the whites (well, and some heavy cream too).
It comes from a cookbook of recipes gathered together by the delightful tea shop and café called Alice's Tea Cup, with several locations in New York City. 
You can serve it in individual compotes or parfait glasses, as above, topped with a dollop of whipped cream and some chocolate shavings, or in one large bowl with crunchy meringue cookies on top, as in the photo below.
Whichever way you serve it, though, don't be surprised when it disappears in a flash.

Dark Chocolate Mousse
recipe from Alice's Tea Cup cookbook
(Makes 6 to 8 servings)

9 ounces dark chocolate pistoles or quality semisweet chocolate
1 1/2 tsps. instant espresso powder, dissolved in 2 T. hot water
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
5 egg whites (the eggs will not be cooked, so if there's any concern about food safety, please use pasteurized eggs)
1/3 cup sugar

extra whipped cream for topping

  1. Melt the chocolate in a small bowl in a microwave oven at 1 minute intervals, stirring after each interval so it doesn't burn. (If you don't have a microwave, use a double boiler or place the ingredients in a heat-proof measuring cup or bowl set inside a saucepan filled halfway with water, and bring the water to a simmer over medium heat; stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted.
  2. While the chocolate is melting, use a mixer to whip the espresso and cream in a large bowl until you have whipped cream, but don't overwhip. Set it aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, use the mixer (with clean beaters) to whip the egg whites until they start to look white and creamy. Then add the sugar and whip just to combine. Again, do not overship.
  4. When the chocolate is fully melted, pour it into a large mixing bowl. Add a scoop of the whipped cream and a scoop of the egg whites, and stir them thoroughly into the chocolate. In small alternating batches, fold the remaining whipped cream and egg whites into the chocolate until the mousse is smooth and even.
  5. Cover and chill for at least an hour to set. Serve from a large bowl, or use individual ramekins or parfait glasses. Cover and chill before serving, then top with a dollop of whipped cream.
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Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It looks and sounds divine!



Frank Fariello said...

No need to put this aside—I read somewhere that chocolate is actually good for you... ;-) And anyway this looks much too tasty to pass up.

Proud Italian Cook said...

If I can be a good til Valentines Day I will make this and treat myself. 7 years ago I never would have chosen a chocolate dessert, now I crave them! I just love your top picture and I'm pinning this right now.

Faith said...

My "niece-in-law" had her wedding shower at Alice's Tea Cup (Upper West Side if I remember), and it was very nice. This sounds like a great recipe!

domenicacooks said...

I haven't made chocolate mousse in years! I like the idea of this lighter version with egg whites. Must try.

Chiara Giglio said...

dovrei mettermi a dieta ma guardando il tuo fantastico dessert credo che rimanderò ancora.....

Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

Oh Boy!! I can taste the creamy chocolate on my tongue and it tastes so good I don't want to swallow it! It looks incredible and I know I just read some diet guru that said you should not deny yourself all the things you love. You should indulge occasionally. :-) Believe me I'll find the diet gurus that think like I do. This is definitely on my DO list.

Claudia said...

Love that it just uses the egg whites - almost French! A wee bit lighter but no skimping of the chocolate. Yes - works for me.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Even though we have had to put the breaks on for a little while I can't wait to try this in the near future. It looks wonderful!

Roz Corieri Paige said...

I'm just dying for some chocolate right now . . . eating so much lettuce and healthy stuff is going to lead me up to a chocolate binge I'm sure! Stay warm, Linda! It's going to even freeze down here for a few days!

AdriBarr said...

I love Chocolate Mousse. Remember back in the sixties how we all thought we were so sophisticated when we served it? I also remember that it was real heavy back then. Your version sounds really delightful, as does the tea room you mentioned. I love places like that. This one sounds great for Valentine's Day... or earlier.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Oh my! My weakness! No, no, I must look away. Although I lost a little weight after having the flu at Christmas, it quickly went right back on after I indulged in all the Christmas treats after I felt better. Maybe I'll splurge by Valentine's Day, Linda ---lol!