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April 3, 2010 / Sarah

National Chocolate Mousse Day


Rich Chocolate Mousse
From Gourmet

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (no more than 60% cacao), chopped
3/4 stick unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
3 large eggs, separated
1 tablespoon Cognac or other brandy
1 cup very cold heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon salt

  1. Melt chocolate and butter in a large metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, gently stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, beat yolks in a small bowl with an electric mixer until thick enough to form a ribbon that takes a few seconds to dissolve, 2 to 4 minutes. Whisk yolks into chocolate mixture along with Cognac, then cool to warm.
  3. Beat cream in a medium bowl with cleaned beaters until it just holds stiff peaks.
  4. Beat whites with salt in another bowl with cleaned beaters until they just hold soft peaks.
  5. Fold whipped cream and beaten whites into chocolate mixture gently but thoroughly. Transfer to stemmed glasses, 4-ounces ramekins, or a serving dish.
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2 Comments

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  1. kathy / Apr 7 2010 10:38 am

    I love chocolate mousse. Though I haven’t tried it yet with cognac or brandy. Thanks for this post. 🙂

  2. Sarah / Apr 7 2010 10:52 am

    I actually substituted strong brewed coffee for the brandy. I think it turned out pretty good!

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