Chef John's Dark Chocolate Mousse

Chef John's Dark Chocolate Mousse

Chef John

"This has a pinch of chile pepper as the secret ingredient. It's firm yet unbelievably light and airy. The little bit of chile pepper is in there just to bring out the flavor of the chocolate and add a tiny bit of delicious heat. Garnish each serving with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of shaved chocolate."
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Ingredients

4 h 25 m servings 297 cals
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Nutrition

  • Calories:
  • 297 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 24.8 g
  • 38%
  • Carbs:
  • 19.8g
  • 6%
  • Protein:
  • 3.1 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 156 mg
  • 52%
  • Sodium:
  • 89 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Bring a saucepan of water to a simmer over low heat. Place chocolate, butter, 2 tablespoons water, ground chipotle pepper, and salt in a heatproof bowl; set bowl over the simmering water. When the butter melts, whisk the chocolate mixture gently until smooth and shiny. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Whisk egg yolks, 2 tablespoons water, and sugar in another heatproof bowl over the same pan of simmering water until egg yolk mixture is foamy and hot to the touch, about 3 minutes. Pour hot egg mixture into warm chocolate mixture, whisk until smooth, and set over a bowl of ice to chill. Whisk constantly until mixture has cooled to room temperature or slightly cooler.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon cold cream into a chilled metal bowl; whisk until cream holds soft peaks. Place about half the whipped cream into the cooled chocolate mixture; gently fold the cream into the chocolate. Repeat with remaining half of whipped cream, folding gently until nearly all the streaks have disappeared. Divide mousse into 4 6-ounce ramekins.
  4. Cover each ramekin with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours (up to overnight) before serving.

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Outstanding, simply outstanding! This recipe is the reason that Chef John is the first person I've added to my "chefs I follow". I've made it 4 times now in less than 3 weeks. I'm not a dessert ...

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I've made a lot of chocolate mousse over the years and this recipe was the most cumbersome and didn't turn out for the effort. It didn't yield 4-6 servings as advertised (and I am a small person...

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Outstanding, simply outstanding! This recipe is the reason that Chef John is the first person I've added to my "chefs I follow". I've made it 4 times now in less than 3 weeks. I'm not a dessert ...

Delicious! And OH, SO EASY! Very elegant and romantic dessert. I'd make it again. Used a dark chocolate candy bar with 77 Percent Cocoa. Also, added a couple of teaspoons of powdered sugar to st...

This recipe is super easy!! Since I did not have whipped cream, I saved the egg whites and whipped those. But I doubled the portion of egg whites. Ex: I used 2 egg yolks for the chocolate mixtu...

This is the best recipe for chocolate Mousse I have found! It so rich, and simple to make. I did not add as much pepper as it said though. Would rate it ten stars if I could! :) Thumbs up for Ch...

Love it! I'm a huge fan of dark chocolate and this recipe is fantastic. This was my first attempt at making mousse and I found the video and instructions easy to follow. The mousse held up well ...

This recipe is delicious and very easy. My husband loves mint so I used half dark chocolate and half mint dark chocolate. Turned out really nice. Will certainly do this one again.

Absolutely perfect! Not only the best recipe for chocolate mousse I have made, it's also the simplest. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Chef!

Made this for my mom for Mother's Day. She is a chocolate mousse connoisseur (or so she thinks). She loved it! We both did! Thank you!

I looked and looked at recipes because I wanted to make something for National Chocolate Mousse Day (April 3) and decided on this one and WOW, it did not disappoint. I added the pepper but only ...

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