ffwd: top-secret chocolate mousse

I doubt this is the first time I’ve made this confession on my blog. I am not a chocoholic. I like, but am nowhere close to loving, chocolate. For French Fridays with Dorie, this week’s recipe was Top-Secret Chocolate Mousse. This was bound to make Howard, the resident chocolate fiend, happy. Plus, I don’t think I’ve ever made mousse before, or at least not in many years, so I welcomed a new challenge.

What’s top secret about this recipe? According to Dorie, every French home cook knows this recipe from the back of the chocolate package. The recipe is hiding in plain view. Sort of like home-baked Toll House cookies in the U.S., maybe?

This recipe couldn’t have been easier, so no wonder it’s a go-to recipe in French homes. You melt the chocolate, you whisk in egg yolks, you beat egg whites with a tiny bit of sugar, and you fold that into the chocolate. Voila! A 4-ounce chocolate bar is just the amount for the recipe plus one square leftover to grate on top plus have a mini-snack. And, because we get super-fresh eggs from a neighbor down the street, the barely warmed eggs didn’t concern me.

I took Dorie’s tip and served the mousse in (stemless) martini glasses. As promised, they looked cute.

The recipe got the Howard seal of approval. I liked that the mousse was light and not overly chocolate-y. I opted for 62% dark chocolate, but I think it could have handled the 70% dark bar that I left on the shelf. Next time. This would be a great dessert to whip up for company. Not too much effort, but elegant taste that anyone would enjoy.

I’m looking forward to next week’s goat cheese mini puffs, much more up my alley.

We don’t post the recipes, but consider getting your own copy of the book, Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table. I’m off to enjoy a weekend on Cape Cod with college friends, so won’t get a chance to catch up on the other Dorista’s posts until after the weekend. If you want to check them out, follow their links here to read all about it.

Happy Friday!


Posted on 9 November 2012, in French Fridays with Dorie and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I am glad to hear that I am not the only one out there who isn’t a chocoholic :-) And I am totally psyched about the goat cheese puffs…
    Glad to hear this recipe went easily for you. Have a great weekend!

  2. I only really like very dark chocolate, so this mousse is a good thing. It turned out great Betsy! Have a great weekend!

  3. Wow, have a great weekend! I used 74% dark chocolate and added a few speckles of sea salt and it was amazing! :)

  4. I liked these because they were not too sweet! Have a great weekend!

  5. Perversely, I am a chocoholic, but have never liked chocolate icecream or chocolate mousse much. Lucky, as my mousse did not turn out. Yours looks like a fabulous success.

  6. Your mousse looks so light and creamy and looks beautiful in the martini glass. I am glad it met with Howard’s approval. I hope you have a great weekend!

  7. Have a great weekend Betsy! I’m glad you liked it! I still do not believe that there are people out there who can resist chocolate! I admire and secretly envy you :)

  8. I’m late (again!) this week. I accidentally bought the wrong kind of chocolate last week and didn’t figure it out until after I tried to melt it. Oops. I just went to the store today so I’ll try again this weekend. All of your lovely posts are making me hungry.

  9. Betsy, what a wonderful presentation of your Mousse au Chocolat in your elegant Martini glasses! And I agree, this is a wonderful and easy recipe to have on hand when you are expecting company!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Your mousse looks beautiful! My result wasn’t my best, but my guests enjoyed it – certainly a nice dessert after a meal, decadent, but not too much. Hope your weekend is lovely!

  11. My mousse got the husband seal of approval too. It’s a great one to whip up when you (or someone you loves) needs a quick chocolate fix!

  12. Betsy, This mousse was fabulous!! So glad it was a hit in your house! Yours looks lovely! Enjoy your weekend in Cape Cod!

  13. Your mousse looks great! Mine was such a disaster on the first go!
    I’m not that big on chocolate either.

  14. I do like chocolate a lot, but I don’t crave it like most of my friends do. Your mousse looks tasty!

  15. As you know, I am getting ready to make this tomorrow. I am not a chocoholic either but I know plenty of people in my neighborhood who are. They are going to be loving me tomorrow evening when I deliver this dessert for taste testing.. Your mousse looks delicious and, from your comments, it looks as if you tasted it and approved also. Your presentation was pretty.

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