Oh la la, la Mousse au chocolat!

Date agosto 29, 2012

Sometimes I do not understand myself. The more I am gasping to deliver the book on time, the more I want to carve out at least ten minutes to write here on my blog. It seems to be back to the earliest days of the blog, when I would write a post in one go, sometimes in an hour or so, including the time to decide what to cook, cook it, take a decent photo of the dish hanging in the balance on a living room chair, eat it, digest it and eventually write the post.

Everything was born just for passion, and for passion it goes on, even when you would just close your eyes and sleep at the end of the day or keep them closed for another minute, just one, in the early morning, when you still can hear the few cars racing on the road at the bottom of the valley.

I write my blog for passion, and for passion I cook, even when my mum – saint woman – let me off any domestic task as to let me get through the book without many sleepless nights. Take yesterday: a summer dinner in the garden with a big fish from Castiglioncello fished from a family friend, ten people at home, all at work.

There were those who sliced the vegetables, others were grilling the bread for bruschetta, my dad was taking care of the fire in the barbecue. I could stay in the living room, turned temporarily in an office, hidden behind my Mac screen among my papers highlighted in pink. Though, I made an innocent question in a low voice: What about the dessert? Silence.

I warn you: don’t start me off. I cannot figure out a summer dinner in the garden with grilled fish and vegetables without a dessert. I step above deadlines, sleep and tiredness. I step above diet. I made a chocolate mousse with Elizabeth David‘s foolproof recipe. I have made this mousse countless times, even for the fist issue of  Dolci Tentazioni, when I mixed in also a tablespoon of rose syrup to give a floral hint to the already perfect chocolatey pleasure. This time I kept it basic. Then I sprinkled on top a few lightly toasted coconut flakes. I took also a few shots, just to use the new blue background I painted a few days ago. At the end, I had all I needed to write a short post, I missed writing just for the heck of it.

The truth is, I wanted to feel again like Vianne in Chocolat, cooking for a dinner in the garden. Thank goodness they took care of everything else, otherwise I would have lost control of the situation. I still had time to fill ten glasses, decorate them with some coconut and hide them in the fridge. Then at the right time I pulled them out and went to the garden, and there I felt a shiver. With some imagination I was Vianne, bringing to the table the chocolate, the sweetness and a smile for everyone.

This is the most simple French recipe for a chocolate mousse, naturally gluten and lactose free. You whip it up in five minutes, then after you tasted it countless times just to fix your chocolate need, you forget it in the fridge, where it will get even more tempting, with a light and bubbly texture.

Since it has just two ingredients, make sure to use fresh free range eggs and a very good dark chocolate… but I know I’m talking with chocolate geeks, so I have no doubt you will make the best choice.

4.5 from 2 reviews

Mousse au Chocolat
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
You’ll need
  • 3 eggs, yolk and white separated
  • 90 g of dark chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder or coconut flakes to serve
How to make it
  1. Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie with three tablespoons of water.
  2. Beat lightly the egg yolks, then pour in the melted chocolate: whisk quickly until smooth.
  3. Beat the egg whites until stiff: stir in a tablespoon of whipped egg whites into the chocolate to soften it, then fold the rest of the egg whites until perfectly blended.
  4. Spoon the mousse into 4 coffee cups and stack them away in the fridge for a few hours.
  5. Just before serving sprinkle the mousse with the cocoa powder or some coconut flakes.

And then there’s the new one, Wolf. Wolf as Nero Wolf, a literary detective, where Nero means black. But wolf would perfectly describe also his eating behaviours, since he basically wolfs down anything even vaguely resembling food.

He was abandoned by someone – don’t let me use any other epithet because there are children who could read this blog – around mid-August. Claudia and her friends found him, and his yellow-greenish eyes first won mum, then the rest of the family.

Now we are trying to win him with cuddle and food, he is still a bit suspicious but he has already found his favorite corner to sleep, between the backgrounds I use for my photos. He loves fish, cuddle on the belly and on the snout and the pot of basil, behind which he usually sleeps in the afternoon. He is a gourmet cat, the new member of our family.

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29 Responses to “Oh la la, la Mousse au chocolat!”

  1. Rosa said:

    A sinful looking mousse! So luscious and tempting. This is one of my favorite desserts.

    Cute kitty. He is really beautiful!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Giulia Risposta:

    Mine as well, I remember the delicious mousse you made for G2Kitchen!

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  2. Zita said:

    Yum! I could have one right now! Oh My, I’m craving after dark chocolate (your photos are mouthwatering!) :)

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    Giulia Risposta:

    Thank you Zizi! I bet you can experiment a luscious vegan version! ;)

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  3. Emiko said:

    This is my all-time favourite chocolate mousse recipe, such a classic and like all good things, so simple! Thanks for reminding me of it, it’s been a little while since I’ve made it and now I will probably have to wait until the baby’s born to eat it again! But I think this will go down perfectly for christmas, wouldn’t you say? ;) P.S. Wolf is absolutely gorgeous!

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    Giulia Risposta:

    I think it will be perfect to celebrate Christmas and the new baby, easy to make, quick (and you know how important this aspect is!) and festive… let’s go for it! Wolf would love some cuddle! x

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  4. Annamaria said:

    This recipe looks easy and delicious. I’ve never made mousse but I will be soon. Thanks for the post.

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    Giulia Risposta:

    Annamaria, you should give it a try, it’s absolutely easy to make and so so so delicious! Thank you for your comment and let me know if you’ll make it!

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  5. Regula @ Miss Foodwise said:

    I can picture you sitting behind you screen and asking that question! :)
    How beautiful is your new friend!? Cats are so so great!!!

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    Giulia Risposta:

    He is so beautiful, and now that I know that he is so similar to Leon, I love him more than ever, it’s like having a fairy friend sharing our houses and connecting us! x

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  6. Bruno said:

    Hmmm, looks so good! (Food en photographic-wise)

    PS: So that’s where our cat (Leon) spends his time off! (he looks so like ours)

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    Giulia Risposta:

    so can you explain why he is always so hungry?!

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  7. thelittleloaf said:

    I make a very similar version but with slightly more chocolate and no water. I love the look of yours though with its slightly lighter, bubblier texture. Also love that you’ve included links to other mousses – they all sound divine!

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    Giulia Risposta:

    yum!! I would be interested in trying it ! do you have it on your blog? If there’s more chocolate it is undoubtedly gorgeous!

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  8. Denise @ TLT said:

    Being in your own version of “Chocolat”, love that!
    I also love the look and sound of this chocolate mousse. Bookmarked it and definitely gonna make this soon!

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    Giulia Risposta:

    Thank you Denise, so I promise you’ll feel into Chocolat as well! ;)

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  9. Daniela @ FoodRecipesHQ said:

    Oh my god, this would induce me into gluttony!

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    Giulia Risposta:

    sinful, I know… but so good!

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  10. leela said:

    what a brilliant simple recipe! and love your passion for what you do.

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    Giulia Risposta:

    Thank you Leela! :) we have been blessed, we do what we love, can you imagine a better life? Have a wonderful new week my friend!

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  14. Jainie said:

    how much ingredients would you need to make one cup? I’m planning to make them but I wanted to try with one first :) also, can you use regular chocolate instead of dark? :)

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    Giulia Risposta:

    Hi Janie, you can start with one egg and 30 g of chocolate, it should be a heaping cup!
    And yes, you can use regular chocolate as well!

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  15. Isabella said:

    if i make this can i take out the liquor and it still have the same consistency?

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  16. Isabella said:

    sorry, wrong recipe.

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  17. Patricia Figurski said:

    This looks delicious! I’ll have to try it!

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