Chocolate Mousse: Mousse au Chocolat

8 servings

In the top of a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pot of hot water, melt the chocolate and butter, stirring. Remove from the heat and beat with a heavy wooden spoon until smooth. Return to the heat and 1 at a time, add the yolks, beating well after the addition of each. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large bowl.

In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks start to form. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar and beat until stiff.

In a third bowl, beat the cream until it becomes frothy. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and the Grand Marnier and continue beating until it holds soft peaks.

Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture until no white speaks appear. Gradually fold in the whipped cream, reserving about 1/2 cup for garnish.

Transfer to a large decorative silver or glass bowl and refrigerate until well chilled.

To serve, spoon the reserved whipped cream on top and garnish with chocolate shavings.

Contains Raw Eggs: The Food Network Kitchen suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs due to the slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use shell eggs that have been treated to destroy salmonella, by pasteurization or another approved method.

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    This recipe is amazing, I make it on Christmas Eve every year and it has never failed to be a show stopper! I follow it exactly and it comes out beautifully, a true winner!
    This mousse is better than any restaurant mousse I've ever had. It's so easy to make and absolutely delicious! Instead of Grand Marnier I used Baileys and a bit of Kahlua. Absolutely delicious! I can't wait to make again. Thanks Emeril!
    my family loved this recipe !!
    Made this yesterday for a Bastille Day party. What a hit! If you aren't a huge fan of Grand Marnier, I'd suggest cutting the GM in half.
    Make it for when guest come because otherwise you'll eat the whole thing yourself!
    I like that this is so rich, but not too sweet. Excellent without the Grand Marnier, too. I add a touch of cinnamon to mine. This is easy to make and guests will love it.
    The texture of the mousse was great once it set. Although I thought it had an after taste that I wasn't a huge fan of. Not quite the right chocolate flavor I was looking for, although I love emeril's recipe's. Two of my friends tried it. One loved it although she did mention an aftertaste. The other though the liqueur was too much.
    This is a great dessert. I've made it a few times now. This time I substituted the Grand Marnier with the zest of one orange and the feedback I got was very good.
    This is very very good mousse! First time I ever made homemade mousse and it turn out fantastic and everyone raved about it!!!
    I love cookies! and my fav chef is Emiril L.I Give It 5 stars.
    all the famili loved it and i will make it many times more
    i loved this! it has the perfect texture and the perfect rich chocolate flavour. it is incredibly simple to make. i substituted bailey's irish cream in place of the grand marnier which gave it a more creamy taste.
    I recently served this at a party and it was a huge hit! Very easy to make, and great flavor. The Grand Marnier really adds to it!
    This is the best chocolate mousse recipe that I have ever used! I've made it many times and it hasn't once disappointed me. The texture and the flavor of the mousse is, for me, perfect. I make it with bittersweet chocolate, but I love dark chocolate, so if you're not up for an intense chocolate rush, I would reccommend using semisweet or a mix of semisweet and sweet (or milk) chocolate.
    I was looking for a mousse to use as a filling for a triple layer chocolate cake that I make and found this wonderful recipe. It was worth the effort. I had extra mousse after spreading it between the layers of the cake and it was great as dessert by itself. By the way my cake was an even bigger crowd pleaser.
    This is the easiest and yummiest chocolate mousse recipe. Yum yum
    this was absolutely amazing! i made it for my mother for valentines and she loved it; the only thing we disliked about it was the fact it had raw eggs in it. this was Great!
    Easy and DELICIOUS!
    this is a very wonderful dish if made correctly and carefully.
    Absolutely delicious. Very straightforward recipe. Will make it again and again!
    very easy to prepare and incredible flavor and elegent to look at. everyone ohhs and ahhs over this one.
    If you love chocolate this mousse is decadent. It was actually easy to make dont let all the steps scare you.
    This is a good recipe if you like very dark chocolate mousse. The texture and taste is very good, although I thought it had a little too much chocolate. I would omit one or two ounces making it next time. Otherwise, you and your guests will enjoy it very much. Not difficult to make at all.
    This mousse is by far one of the best I've ever tasted- it's decadent and delicious- a little piece of heaven in your mouth. Impress your friends and try this one today, you won't be sorry!
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