Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate is one of those ingredients that, every now and then, simply must feature in the life of any respectable person – not including those of you who, physically or medically, can’t ingest or digest it. It really is the height of decadence and as such is one of those entities, for I am loath to call it an ingredient, that will never become cliché, or over used. Simply put, chocolate is astounding and has been for centuries. Quite honestly, if you are not a fan of chocolate I’m a little unsure about what you’re playing at.

The brilliance of chocolate becomes more and more apparent to me every time I use it – perhaps this is why my recipes which include chocolate always seem to be simpler than the last. It really isn’t something that needs a whole lot of excess baggage piled onto it, and should be treated with utter respect. Indeed, I think anyone would struggle to find a simpler chocolate based recipe than this, short of eating plain chocolate.

Chocolate Mousse 1

There is something very pleasing about the consistency of a mousse, be it chocolate or otherwise. It really is rather incredible that something so light and pleasing to one’s innards could be quite so devilishly delicious. This combination of bubble-like consistency coupled with the intense taste of chocolate makes this dessert, in my narrow mind, the perfect dinner party sweet.

In order to achieve this ideal, one must seek out what they consider to be a fairly decent chocolate. Luckily for me, decent chocolate appears to be plentiful in Britain with even the cheapest chocolate being fairly acceptable. However, it has also become apparent that the same cannot be said of other countries. During visits to numerous countries in Europe it has become clear that in some of them it is rather difficult to find reasonably priced chocolate that isn’t composed largely of milk – chocolate which would prove unsuitable for this recipe. This observation appears to be, on the whole, transferable to America also. At any rate, wherever you are, make sure that you’ve tried and tested your chosen chocolate and that it contains cocoa solids of absolutely no less than 55%, though 70% would be preferable.

Chocolate Mousse

Makes 6-10

Ingredients:

• 200g dark chocolate

• 100ml water

• 4 eggs

• 1-2 tbsp caster sugar, depending on strength of chocolate

Method:

1. Melt the chocolate together with the water either in a microwave or in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Beat the egg yolks into the chocolate one by one.

2. Transfer the egg whites into a large mixing bowl and beat until they form soft peaks. Add the sugar and continue to beat until the point at which they begin to form harder, stiffer peaks – be careful not to over beat. Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture in three parts. When fully incorporated transfer the mixture into vessels of one’s own choice, bung them in the fridge and serve after an hour or so.

Cost: Since chickens reside in my garden, the only cost I incurred as a result of this mousse was what was paid for the chocolate. In this case dessert enough for perhaps ten set me back a mere 70p. What an absolute bargain even if one must factor in the cost of one’s eggs.

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164 comments on “Chocolate Mousse

  1. Mama's Gotta Bake
    March 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    This looks absolutely decadent! I was looking for a good chocolate mousse recipe, and I think I’ll give yours a try!

  2. cravesadventure
    March 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    YUM – Grab Me a Spoon Please:)

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I shall! I had to eat more than one soon after making these 😀

  3. wamthomas
    March 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Looks lovely. I can never get a good airy texture like that.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Make sure to use an egg recipe and be gentle with them!

  4. Natalie
    March 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Looks divine. Am I missing the cooking of the eggs/egg whites?

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Nope! Uncooked eggs aren’t dangerous as long as they are less than 2 weeks old and are good quality – don’t fret!

  5. Shumaila
    March 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I love a good chocolate mousse but am always afraid to make it because of the raw eggs. But the simplicity of this dessert always draws me to it. The last picture of the mousse makes this dessert so inviting!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      There’s absolutely no reason to avoid raw eggs. If they are less than two weeks old and are from a reputable source then they are fine… I promise.

  6. An Unrefined Vegan
    March 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I want t dive into that bowl of melted chocolate ;-)!

  7. Shira
    March 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Totally KILLER! Love it, so yum!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Haha, awesome! Thanks 😀

      • Shira
        March 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        It will be even more awesome in my tummy – and it looks so super easy! My next dinner party dessert I think :)

        • frugalfeeding
          March 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

          Oh yes, it would. That and a cup of tea are my dinner this evening… woops. I’d love if you made it 😀

  8. motherofwonder
    March 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    oh that looks so good!

  9. The PaperCup Kitchen
    March 7, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Oooooooh yes please, LOVE love love chocolate mousse!!!

  10. lovelylici1986
    March 7, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    MMM! Chocolate mousse! :)

  11. trialsinfood
    March 7, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    That looks rich and decadent….just how I like my desserts!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      It was exactly that, you ought to give it a go 😀

  12. Joanne
    March 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Your chocolate mousse looks INCREDIBLE! So airy and light!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks! That is a real compliment coming from you, Spatula :D.

  13. Rachel
    March 7, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Absolutely dreamy! I’m not the biggest fan of a heavy chocolate cake…but a lighy choccy mousse….bliss!
    I don’t think I’ve ever actually made one before. Time to put it right, I think!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks! If you’re not a fan of heavy chocolate cake you ought to check out my gluten free chocolate cake. Oh yes, you must!

  14. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    March 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Looks amazing!

  15. emmycooks
    March 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Well, that is beautiful. We used to make chocolate mousse regularly as a dinner party dessert but haven’t for a while–it’s time to bring it back!

  16. countrywoodsmoke
    March 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    That looks a stunningly simple yet fantastic mousse. My wife will be very happy as she’s a chocaholic.
    Do you think this would work with white chocolate?
    Cheers
    Marcus

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Ah, I’m sure she’d love it. I’m not sure that it would – give it a go though and let me know 😀

  17. Chica Andaluza
    March 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I know you are suspicioius of those of us who are not huge chocolate fans (migraine trigger in my case) but every so often I “need” chocolate and a perfectly simple or simply perfect mousse like this hits the spot! A beautiful recipe and I love the cup you made it in!

  18. Sharyn Dimmick
    March 7, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    In my opinion, chocolate mousse is one of the best uses for chocolate. Here in the U.S. it is easy to get 70% chocolate — you’ll find it in every grocery store.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      I totally agree. Ah, that’s a great thing to know! Thanks for the info :)

  19. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    March 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Delicious! We make one very similar, but without the water or sugar, and with the addition of a little booze.. 😉 Yours looks lighter, ours ends up quite solid!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Thanks! I was thinking of adding brandy, but I honestly don’t think it needs it. I think the water helps to lighten it up too.

  20. baconbiscuit212
    March 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I have always liked the idea of ending a meal with a chocolate mousse — something rich luxurious, while light and refreshing at the same time.

    And yes, Frugal, you are correct: there is plenty of good DARK chocolate to be had all over the heathen-ish United States of A 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Exactly, it works so well! Ahhar – I’m glad to hear that 😀

  21. everydayspectechols
    March 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    …. all I have to say is that this WILL be going in my mouth in the near future. Love it :)

  22. Cassie
    March 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Not only does it look delicious, but you put it in a tea cup. Love it.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Haha! Thanks. It was the best and most appropriate vessel 😀

  23. onceuponarecipe
    March 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I have a magnet on my fridge that states “Chocolate is the answer, who cares about the question.” Enough said.
    This mousse looks absolutely decadent.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Haha, what a great magnet :D. It’s true too. Thanks!

  24. Villy
    March 7, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I’ve never tried to make a mousse, which is weird because I KNOW I love it! Last photo is such a tease! :)

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Oh my, you must. I love the last photo too 😀

  25. Zoe @ Pantry and Fridge
    March 7, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Oh Heaven in a bowl :) I’ve never made mousse and I’m not sure if I’ve avoided it subconsciously out of fear I would make myself sick by eating it all before I could share it, or maybe because I had no idea it was quite so simple a process. Either way, YUM. Now I have to give it a shot.

    I have a big chocolate project in the wings soon that I think you’ll love, more on that later :)

    When I was visiting Anywerp years back, I picked up A LOT of delicious chocolates at this little chocolate shop to bring back for all of my friends…it to this day is the best chocolate I’ve ever had. Well, as ashamed as I am to admit this…after a weeks stop in Amsterdam and numerous cases of the munchies, I ended up only making it home with one small box for my mum. :{} Ooops.

    Cheers!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 7, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      It is very simple, you must give it a go :D. Ahha, I look forward to seeing this project! Oops. I’ve never visited Antwerp – I’d like to though!

  26. k.m.
    March 8, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Trust me, there’s lots of high cocoa content chocolate to be found in the US. Maybe not in a gas (petrol) station convenience store (though even those sometimes sell Ghirardelli) and possibly not in my house at this moment (insert a guilty look here), but it’s around! Most grocery stores sell it :)

    It’s impressive that so few ingredients can make such an impressive and crowd-pleasing dessert. I look forward to making it!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 8, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Oh good! We even sell it in small snack packets for 70p where I work :D. I hope you do give it a go :)

  27. filingawaycupcakes
    March 8, 2012 at 1:57 am

    mmmmmmm! Thanks! I miss when every nice restaurant had mousse on the menu, do you remember that?

    • frugalfeeding
      March 8, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Nope, I’ve never been much of a restaurant goer… I can imagine that it’s gone out of fashion though.

  28. Jennifer M.
    March 8, 2012 at 2:45 am

    This is going to seem silly, but I absolutely love your old, wooden table. It is the perfect rugged backdrop for your delectable photos!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Not silly at all, I love it too. It is a really good colour for photography.

  29. Spencer Samaroo
    March 8, 2012 at 3:11 am

    I love chocolate mousse and this looks like an awesome recipe! I would love to try some.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 8, 2012 at 11:00 am

      It really is utterly incredible :D. I’m glad you like it.

  30. Eva Kitcheninspirations.wordpress.con
    March 8, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Wow! That looks incredible! Sadly most of our chocolate in Canada tastes like wax, and therefore, not even in the most direst (is that even a word?) of situations (such as starving on the subway) would I even consider ingesting one! But on occasion I am able to find private label brands of Belgian chocolate on sale, which makes up for all the crap!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 8, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Thanks! OH NO! That is a real shame. Just the word dire would have done fine, or leave the word ‘most’ out and keep direst. Ahha, well if you stumble across such chocolate give it a go 😀

  31. whilehewasout
    March 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Mmm one of my ultimate favourites!!

  32. Meenakshi
    March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am

    How beautifully written! And I think I too, shall call chocolate an entity now…you are right, it is too divine to be called a mere ingredient! BTW I love that shot of the chocolate bar :)

  33. Spoon Feast
    March 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Yum, Frugal! Thanks for specifying the cocoa content of the chocolate.
    For me, the darker the better, love cocoa nibs too.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

      No probs, spoon! I’ve never had cocoa nibs, I shall have to get some.

  34. allythebell
    March 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    All I saw was the first picture and my mouth started to water. Your photography is improving in leaps and bounds, and I am of course always inspired by your recipes!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Awesome, Ally. Mouth moistness is my speciality. I’m glad you think my photography is improving 😀

      • allythebell
        March 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

        Not to say it was bad before or anything! I think it’s just a repetition thing. Mine’s definitely gotten better since I started …

        • frugalfeeding
          March 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm

          It was pretty bad to start with… I love yours 😀

  35. cakeboule
    March 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Oh dear Lord! Chocolate will win every time – great photos thatare drool worthy.

  36. Richa@HobbyandMore
    March 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    love that texture… so smooth and creamy!

  37. movita beaucoup
    March 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    As always: screen lickingly good! Oh how I want to grab a spoon and break into that mousse…

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks, Movita – always a massive compliment coming from you!

  38. Textbooks and Tea Cakes
    March 8, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Mmm, this looks absolutely delicious! I love chocolate mousse, and it’s been quite some time since I’ve made it myself, but I’m always surprised by how easy it is to whip together and how yummy it tastes.

    Halie

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks! I adored this, please give it a go, Halie!

  39. Kaitlyn
    March 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Wow, so simple really! I usually put espresso powder & cream in mine but I like that yours uses caster sugar and only eggs. Won’t need as many ingredients next time I go to the market :)

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks, Kaitlyn. I don’t think it needs to cream – unnecessary fat that reduces the lightness. I hope you give this version a pop!

  40. cefields
    March 9, 2012 at 12:30 am

    oh my! these photos totally make me regret giving up chocolate till easter. but i’ll keep this one in mind to make in just a few weeks!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

      That was very silly of you. I do hope you try it eventually.

  41. {Main St. Cuisine}
    March 9, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I love how a few ingredients come together so simply to make a beautiful dessert. This would be especially good after a heavy dinner. I hope I can get the texture just right (yours looks perfect in your photo).

    • frugalfeeding
      March 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Thanks! This was my first and only attempt and I had to rectify a mid-process mistake – you should be fine :)

  42. Daily Dose of Fresh
    March 9, 2012 at 2:25 am

    It looks fantastic!

  43. nicole
    March 9, 2012 at 2:48 am

    A simple but elegant dessert. Im going to have make this soon!

  44. musingmar
    March 9, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Oh my, that looks tempting. I haven’t made chocolate mousse in the longest time – perhaps this is the time!

  45. mamagwen
    March 9, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Oh yum, chocolate mousse! Looks delicious, might have to give it a go this week-end :)

  46. cityhippyfarmgirl
    March 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

    My boys would be all over this in a flash!

  47. Bam's Kitchen
    March 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

    So light and fluffy and rich! How nice to have your own farm fresh safe eggs.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks BAM. Most eggs are safe these days, it’s just an old wives tale…

  48. Simply Tia
    March 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    YUMMAAAYYY!!! This looks rich and decadent!!

  49. cibusamare
    March 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    hahaha, your comment about people who aren’t a fan of chocolate made me laugh! I have to admit, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth generally, but this looks so good I’m going to have to try it!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      I’m glad it did! Please do, you’ll love it – not too sweet anyway.

  50. Just A Smidgen
    March 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I think mousse is the perfect way to enjoy the true flavor of a great piece of chocolate. I agree that the simpler the recipe the better and the best chocolate must be used in a recipe like this… it looks madly delicious!!

  51. Kimby
    March 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Your chocolate thoughts are much appreciated — I’m in total agreement. I’m also passing this post along to my chocolate loving friends… Really an outstanding dessert, and photos!

  52. Korena in the Kitchen
    March 13, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Uh-oh, now I have to make chocolate mousse.

    (Have you seen this one? Just chocolate + water = mousse! http://cafefernando.com/the-best-chocolate-mousse-of-your-life-under-5-minutes/)

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Indeed. I took a look at it, but it doesn’t really look like a mousse – more like a delicious chocolate sauce, where’s all the air bubbles?

  53. chabesquen35
    March 14, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Reblogged this on I Like to Cook Gluten Free and commented:
    I made this today with a couple of changes, just to experiment. Instead of water I used coffee and I added a pinch of cayenne. It was so easy and really good. I’m sure the original version is wonderful too!

  54. twophdsbaking
    March 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    See, now you have me craving chocolate… Looks fantastic (and nice presentation!)