If you’re looking for the perfect dessert to serve after dinner, a classic chocolate mousse never fails to impress. The perfect chocolate mousse combines rich chocolate taste with a smooth, light texture that melts in the mouth.
Many chocolate mousse recipes feature whipped cream and butter, but a classic chocolate mousse requires nothing more than good quality dark chocolate and eggs. Throw in a little sugar to counterbalance any bitterness from the chocolate and you have a chocolate lover’s dream dessert.
Be aware that this classic chocolate mousse recipe uses raw eggs.
1. Put the chocolate pieces and two tablespoons of water in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Allow the chocolate to slowly melt.
2. Remove the bowl from the heat, stir thoroughly and let the chocolate cool slightly before stirring in the egg yolks.
3. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Add the sugar and whisk again briefly. Be careful not to over beat the egg whites into stiff peaks.
4. Using a metal spoon, mix a tablespoon of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to help loosen it. Then carefully fold in the rest of the egg whites. Take your time doing this, using gentle cutting and folding movements to retain the air in the egg whites, as this is what will make the final mousse light and fluffy.
5. When there are no more white streaks left in the mixture, spoon the mousse into your serving dishes. Chill in the fridge for at least two hours.
6. Remove from the fridge for about 30 minutes before serving to soften slightly. Serve with softly whipped cream and fresh fruit such as raspberries.
Ring the changes with your basic chocolate mousse recipe by adding different flavours such as black coffee or dark rum. Simply substitute the water for the liquid when melting the chocolate in Step 1.