White Chocolate Mousse

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 7 ounces white chocolate, chopped into very small pieces
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, plus 1 cup
  • 12 fresh blackberries, for garnish
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish, optional
Directions

In a large glass bowl, place the chopped white chocolate and set aside.

Add the egg yolks and sugar to a small bowl and whisk until pale in color.

In a saucepan, over low heat, bring 1/4 cup of the cream to a simmer, and slowly add the cream into the yolk and sugar mixture to temper. Pour the creamy mixture back into pan and stir with a wooden spoon until it coats the back of it.

Pour hot mix into a fine mesh sieve placed directly over bowl with the chopped chocolate. Stir until completely smooth.

In another bowl, whip remaining 1 cup of the cream to almost stiff peaks. Fold half the whipped cream into the white chocolate mix to lighten and then fold in the remaining whipped cream.

Spoon the white chocolate mousse into 4 serving cups and refrigerate until set, approximately 1 hour.

Garnish each serving with 3 blackberries and a sprig of mint, if using.


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This was a huge hit. Absolutely perfect white chocolate mousse. Not difficult to make. just a lot of dishes for what you get out of it. For those who might be a little intimidated by the directions I would recommend having all the ingredients measured out and lined up. I found myself constantly re-reading the instructions as I went along. After reading the remarks about the chocolate not melting, I decided to have a pan of simmering water nearby. when it was time to add the egg mixture to the white chocolate I shut the simmering water off and set the bowl of chocolate over it. This warmed the bowl just enough to help in the melting process. Don't believe the remarks about this being too sweet. It isn't. Be sure to use a GOOD quality white chocolate. I'm not big on sweet desserts either. For myself I would make dark chocolate mousse. But the person I made this for does like sweets, and loves white chocolate. For white chocolate lovers this will not be too sweet. Hope this helps. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cut the sugar in half. This would make a great pie filling. Love the combination with the blackberries. Better served 10 min after removed from fridge as the consistency is more mousse-like item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this yummy goodness. Rich, sweet, satisfying. It is heaven for white chocolate lovers!!! Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very rich and delicious! I did have one problem...the white chocolate was smooth until I added the cold whipped cream and then it separated and left lumps of white chocolate but I loved it anyway. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was decadent! I tried both Claire's original recipe and the suggested recipe for the chocolate mousse from one of her readers (thank you so much for the share and love love love both! Mind you, I'm not a baker and this made me look like an expert : item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is SOOO good! My husband said it was one of the best desserts I've ever made! item not reviewed by moderator and published
the phrase " TO DIE FOR" describes the taste/flavor beautifully, loved it: item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was SO delicious! I didn't have a strainer so I just dumped it in and it worked fine but I'd use one next time. My family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Basic, simple, decadent & oh sooo good! You can top with any kind of fresh fruit garnish for a perfect dessert! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was easy to make but the white chocolate didn't melt easily. I had to put it in the micowave for 15 seconds. Love the tart/sweet combo with the blackberries. I also put sliced fresh strawberries on the mousse. I will agree with it being very sweet but the berries helped calm the sweet down. Next time I'm going to use 4 blocks of the white chocolate instead of 6. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The chocolate didn't melt when I poured cream over it, had to microwave it for 30 seconds. It was way too sweet for my liking. Didn't use the blackberries, and so there was no other taste/ flavor except for sweetness. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for a white chocolate mousse recipe when I stumbled on this one, and noticed it's almost identical to a dark chocolate mousse recipe that's been around for fifty years. For chocolate mousse, use bittersweet (not semi-sweet chocolate instead of white, 3 tbs sugar plus a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 4 egg yolks, and melt the chocolate before adding the custard. The procedure is identical, just different amounts of ingredient. I noticed one person said she thinks she didn't heat the custard enough before adding it to the chocolate and that puzzles me because the recipe specifically says to bring it to the simmer. If you don't, the yolks won't coagulate and the whole thing won't work. For the dark chocolate mousse, I heat the cream + yolks + sugar + vanilla mixture to around 150 degrees before adding it to the melted chocolate. You don't need to be precise about the temperature; just heat it until the mixture is starting to thicken. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very touchy to make. Would never make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was amazing, but super sweet! It was very versatile I used it as dessert for my family and also as a cake filling. Everyone loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved the texture and creaminess, but it was too sweet. The next time I make this, I will reduce the amount of white chocolate. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Next time I will remember to cut the white chocolate into much smaller pieces. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I doubled the whipped cream and it made the mousse fluffier and less sweet. It ended up being a huge hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for one of my Christmas Eve desserts. Used good quality white chocolate chips instead of chopping which was not a good idea because it did not melt too easily. I had to put in the microwave for 20 second intervals until I got the right consistency I also added a drizzle of chocolate sauce and used raspberries instead. My son-in-law ate two! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was excited to try this recipe and my guests enjoyed it. However, it was a little difficult for me to prepare. I whisked the sugar and eggs for what I thought was a long period of time, but it never looked ?pale? to me. Perhaps I should have whisked longer because the final outcome was a little grainy. It wasn?t as smooth as I had hoped it would be, but the flavor was awesome. I took the advice of others and reduced the quantity of white chocolate by an ounce, but next time I?ll reduce it even more. Finally, be cautious when melting the chocolate. I don?t think that I allowed the egg mixture to become warm enough before pouring it over the chocolate. Therefore, I had a hard time mixing the chocolate until it was smooth. Overall, this has the potential to be a great dessert after a few tweaks. Enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used only 1 Tablespoon sugar and added 1 Tablespoon Cointreau to the eggs. I also added 1 teaspoon Cointreau to the whipped cream close to the finish. I set the chocolate over simmered water (which was no longer on the stove) while the eggs were cooking. Made the mistake of beating cream too long and it separated when added to the chocolate mixture. Very light, not too sweet with the Cointreau and very delicious!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you really want to wow someone this is a perfect dessert!!! It was sooooo easy!! It did come out a little sweet for my taste, but you can add more unsweetened whipped cream to balance it out. Just makes a larger serving!!! But who's counting calories anyway! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw her do this and thought, "wow" I can do this too and not so much. I think I didn't simmer enough and used White Chocolate Chips and they were too big. Finished product, a little too sweet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had half a quart of heavy cream sitting in the fridge that needed to be used, when I watched Claire make this great chocolate mousse. I followed her recipe exactly, only I used 60% bitter-sweet chocolate chips, as that is what I had in my pantry. The only problem I had was that the yolk/sugar mixture is definitely not enough to melt all of the chocolate. I had to set the mixture over a pot of hot water to finish melting it. The only other thing that I didn't expect was how thick and creamy this mousse turned out to be. I assumed it was going to be light and fluffy mousse, but mine was not. I can't wait to try it with white chocolate and to what else Claire has in store this season...from TN girl to another! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy, i made it right after the show was over without writing the recipe down. Topped with blueberries and sliced almonds. It set perfectly however next time less sugar with egg yolks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is terrible. I love mousse and have made lots of them. Was hoping this would be much simpler than Ina Garten's, which has lots of steps but is worth it for the final taste. Simpler is not better in this case. You need more than 1/4 cup of cream to melt the chocolate, it didn't set properly and I tasted more of the cream than the chocolate. Stick to Barefoot Contessa. item not reviewed by moderator and published
mine came out a little runny. anyone knows why?? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a wonderful dessert. I found it easier to melt the chocolate first; however, it works either way. It is very smooth and because of its texture you might wonder if it is going to set up. No worrys; it sets up great. This is a great recipe and very much a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been playing around with this one for a few months. I tried it with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, dark chocolate & cinnamon sugar, strawberries & bourbon. The white chocolate was the best by far (it goes without saying but use the best white chocolate you can find). I can whip this up at just about any dinner party and always go home wiht a prize ;)' item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nobody ate it. Maybe i'd try it w/ regular or dark chocolate and no extra sugar. I like the execution of the dish though. It was really easy item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone at my dinner party loved this light sweet dessert. I added a mixture of both blackberries and halved strawberries ;tossing them with a blackberry balsamic vinager and basil. This gave a nice fragrant zing to the creamy sweetness of the mousse. item not reviewed by moderator and published
wow this was delicous, so light and so flavorful, this recipe will be a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
easy, quick, and delicious!!! try with butterscotch chips, it's amazing!!! very rich though; The way I like it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just happen to turn on the television when Claire was doing the Steakhouse Dinner. Her Mousse recipe perked my interest. Knowing that I'd have dinner guests that night, I decided to try it. It was a HIT!!!! My husband who doesn't care for any creamy textured deserts (i.e. pudding) was so amazed by this, he asked me to make it for Easter Dinner for 8 people!!! Again, it was a hit. Remarkable recipe. My only daring question is how many calories does this come to? I know, I'm asking for trouble, but it would be nice to calculate it in my calorie-count.com Blessings! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ok, how many of you think Claire is related to Jillian Michaels from Biggest Looser?? Claire, are you her sister??? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is fantastic. The easiest mousse ever. For the dark chocolate lovers, can this be made the same way, only with seven ounces of dark chocolate? I would be greatfull for an answer. Thanks Claire Lori item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thia recipe was both easy VERY good.I really liked the show as well.The only prob. with this recipe is all the weight I am going to gain... Thank you Claire ! - Christopher Kessler(Boulder Co.) item not reviewed by moderator and published

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