Mousse au Chocolat

A no-cook dessert with two ingredients? Deep, dark chocolate turned into a fluffy mousse? All in a day’s work.

Tuesday was another not-so-great day. I had a few work-related disappointments, the weather was gloomy, and I was really just having a hard time dealing with the feast or famine nature of consulting work. It’s really hard at times to NOT take things personally when people just don’t respond. I know I will get better at it one day, but Tuesday was not that day.

I rarely turn to chocolate for comfort, but sitting on the couch, moping, I decided I needed to make a dessert. You know, there’s just something about puttering around in the kitchen that is soothing to a heavy heart.

After just a little bit of Googling, trying to find a chocolate mousse that didn’t require cream (because I was too lazy to walk a block to the store to buy it), I found that traditional chocolate mousse doesn’t even require cream!

eggs

I eventually decided on the simplest recipe ever, then change it up ever so slightly. Four eggs, separated, and a heaping cup of dark chocolate chips. The original recipe called for a few teaspoons of sugar, but I knew I wouldn’t need it.

chocolate chips

I started by creating a makeshift double boiler, a metal bowl in a pot of water, and melting the chips until glossy.

melted chocolate

Once the melted chocolate had cooled a bit, I stirred in the egg yolks quickly, making sure they didn’t scramble.

chocolate and egg yolks

Next up, I whipped up the egg whites, waiting until they made stiff peaks.

 

egg whites

I folded the whites into the chocolate and yolk mixture until everything was incorporated and looked chocolatey again. Then I popped the bowl of mousse into the fridge for two hours, and it was ready to go.

chocolate mousse

I served the mousse in my nana’s dessert dishes. I was disappointed at first in the yield of the recipe which was about four servings. That was until I realized how incredibly rich it is! I ate about half of this bowl and was full and had my chocolate craving satisfied. This is a keeper! Being in the kitchen and moving around also lifted my spirits a little and made me feel hopeful for a new day.

What do you go for when you are craving sweet? What about salty?

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  1. Charlene’s avatar

    WOW I can’t believe how straightforward this recipe is and I love that is only requires 2 ingredients! Thanks for the recipe – I think this will make for an easy dessert for Father’s Day this weekend!

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  2. Daisy’s avatar

    another great recipe you whipped up with what you had on hand. love it!

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  3. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Fancy! I’ve never made traditional chocolate mousse. I did once make my friend’s mom’s recipe for a mousse-like frosting that used raw eggs (something I don’t often do). It was so delicious.

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  4. Megan’s avatar

    Wow, that sounds so easy… and dangerous. Because now I know what to make for my next chocolate craving. Usually I just grab chocolate chips out of the container. Ha ha. Hope you’re feeling better about things… try not to let it get to you.

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  5. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    That looks delicious. I love a thick, filling dessert. This has certainly been a down week for me too. Things are looking up though and I hope they are for you too.

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  6. Shani’s avatar

    That looks so fantastic.

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  7. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    This is dangerously easy – I can see myself making this a lot in the future. I always have chocolate chips on hand because cravings strike pretty much every night!

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  8. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    Oooooh Meghan this a great recipe that I will definitely be bookmarking for future use! I def have sweet cravings more often than salty, and always have some sort of chocolate at home. Always. I hope your days get better soon!

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  9. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    This looks so decadent!!

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  10. Elina (Healthy and Sane)’s avatar

    Things will definitely get better!
    I had no idea how easy it was to make chocolate mousse. I am SO making this soon :)

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  11. Michelle’s avatar

    I’m sorry that things haven’t been going so great for you…I hope things will pick up soon! I’ve discovered mochi at Whole Foods and I’ve been having one of those whenever I have a craving for sweets!

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  12. Terri’s avatar

    This looks like a super easy, delicious dessert!

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  13. alicia’s avatar

    Wow!! I had no idea that traditional chocolate mousse didn’t have cream! When I was a kid i would ALWAYS order chocolate mousse when I saw it on a dessert menu!

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