French Chocolate Mousse | Let’s Celebrate TV
Are you looking for a decadent, devilish, creamy and rich dessert? Then French Chocolate Mousse or Mousse Au Chocolat is for you. Mousse is the French word for “foam”, so a French Chocolate Mousse is a light and airy dessert experience. Richer in flavor than a pudding, a little goes a long way. It is easy to make and adds a level of elegance to the ending of your meal.
12 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, chopped
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
6 eggs, separated (reserve the whites)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup plus 4 table spoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream (cold)
Chocolate shavings, berries (garnish)
Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and place over a saucepan containing barely simmering water. Melt the chocolate and butter together, and stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add the egg yolks to the chocolate, 1 at a time beating with a whisk until incorporated. Set aside.
In a chilled bowl beat the heavy cream until it begins to foam. Add the 4 tablespoons of sugar and vanilla extract. Whip the cream until it holds soft peaks. (use a handheld or stand mixer)
In another bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar, and gradually add the 1/2 cup of sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form. (use a handheld or stand mixer)
Gradually and gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it. Then, delicately fold in the whipped cream. Take care not to over-work the mousse. Divide the mousse into 8 individual glasses. Cover and chill for several hours. Garnish with chocolate shavings, berries, etc.