This mousse is a light and refreshing dessert, unlike many chocolate mousses, which tend to be heavy and sweet. I have left out the usual dessert whip and the extra sugars and oils that are usually added. You can freeze it if you make it in advance, but I recommend taking it out of the freezer and putting it in the refrigerator about 1 to 2 hours before serving.
- 7 oz. excellent quality bittersweet chocolate -
- 7 eggs, separated -
- 2 Tbsp confectioner’s sugar -
- 1 Tbsp instant coffee -
- ½ packet sweetener or 2 tsp sugar -
- 3½ oz. good quality chocolate -
- 6-8 Tbsp dessert whip -
1. Melt 7 ounces of chocolate in a double boiler (or in a bowl placed on top of a pot ofboiling water). Once chocolate is fully melted, add the yolks slowly, constantly mixing while adding.
2. Meanwhile, beat the egg whites. When almost stiff, add confectioner’s sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
3. Dissolve coffee and sweetener in 1½ tablespoons of boiling water. Add the dissolved coffee into the chocolate mixture and combine well.
4. Fold the chocolate mixture into the whites until just combined. Place in individual glass cups or dessert bowls. Place in the freezer.
5. Once mousse has frozen, make the topping by melting 3½ ounces of good quality chocolate in a double boiler. Once melted, add the dessert whip and stir to combine. Pour over frozen mousse and freeze again. Before serving, you can garnish with nuts and white chocolate.
VARIATIONS: You can replace the coffee with 1 Tbsp orange juice or 2 teaspoons of rum.