Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Save Recipe Print
Total:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
1 hr

Nutrition Info

Ingredients

Directions

1. Bring a saucepan filled with 1-inch or so of water to a slow simmer. Put the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl and set the bowl over, but not touching the water. Stir the chocolate occasionally until melted and smooth. Alternatively, put the chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Melt at 50 percent power in the microwave until soft, about 1 minute. Stir, and continue to heat until completely melted, about 1 to 2 minutes more.

2. Meanwhile, whip the cream in a medium bowl until it holds soft peaks. Take care not to over whip the cream or the mousse will be dense. Cover and refrigerate while you cook the eggs. Whisk 2 teaspoons warm water and espresso powder together in a small bowl, if using.

3. Put the egg and yolks in another heatproof bowl that also sets over the simmering water in the saucepan. Beat the eggs, sugar, and pinch of salt until foamy and light, about 30 seconds. Set the bowl over the water and whip with an electric mixer or whisk, moving in a circular motion around the bowl, until the eggs are fluffy, thick, and warm to the touch, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and continue beating on high speed until thick ribbons fall from the beater when lifted over the bowl and the mixture has cooled slightly, about 3 minutes more. Fold in the espresso. (The mixture will seem loose at this point - that is ok.)

4. Fold about a quarter of the chocolate into the eggs to lighten it, then fold in the rest of the chocolate. Finally, fold the whipped cream into the chocolate base to make a smooth light mousse. Pour the mousse into 4 serving dishes or wine glasses. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. If desired, dust the tops with cocoa powder before serving.

Cook's Note

For a dark, double-rich mousse, use all bittersweet chocolate instead of the semisweet, and decrease the cream to 3/4 cup.

Trending Videos 4 Videos

Get the recipe

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing 01:25

Get tips and ideas for decorating holiday cookies with icing.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Peanut Butter Bars with Salted Chocolate Ganache

Recipe courtesy of Nancy Fuller

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Pie

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Tony's Chocolate Pecan Pie

Recipe courtesy of The Neelys

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon

Chocolate Ice Cream

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Browse Reviews By Keyword