Decadent Chocolate Mousse
Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Robyn Valarik
YieldsServes 10 to 12Total Time30 mins
Deep, rich, and luxurious, this mousse, inspired by a recipe from Isabel Allende, is a grand finale to a great meal. Use good-quality chocolate for the best flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Put chocolate, coffee, and sugar in a large metal mixing bowl. Set bowl over a large pot filled with 1 in. simmering water. Melt chocolate, stirring often, until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 2
2

Whisk egg whites in a medium bowl with a mixer until they hold stiff peaks. Whisk cream in another bowl until soft ribbons form.

Step 3
3

Stir yolks into warm chocolate mixture. Mix in liqueur. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in whites until almost blended, then gently fold in whipped cream until no streaks remain.

Step 4
4

Pour chocolate mixture into a large (8-cup) glass serving bowl. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve. Serve with sweetened whipped cream.

Step 5
5

Make ahead: Up to 3 days, covered and chilled.

Step 6
6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ingredients

 18 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
 1/2 cup strong coffee
 1/3 cup sugar
 6 large eggs, separated
 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
 1/4 cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier

Directions

Step 1
1

Put chocolate, coffee, and sugar in a large metal mixing bowl. Set bowl over a large pot filled with 1 in. simmering water. Melt chocolate, stirring often, until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 2
2

Whisk egg whites in a medium bowl with a mixer until they hold stiff peaks. Whisk cream in another bowl until soft ribbons form.

Step 3
3

Stir yolks into warm chocolate mixture. Mix in liqueur. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in whites until almost blended, then gently fold in whipped cream until no streaks remain.

Step 4
4

Pour chocolate mixture into a large (8-cup) glass serving bowl. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and chill until ready to serve. Serve with sweetened whipped cream.

Step 5
5

Make ahead: Up to 3 days, covered and chilled.

Step 6
6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Decadent Chocolate Mousse