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Decadent Chocolate Mousse

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Robyn Valarik
Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 10 to 12
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.

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

Nutrition Information

  • calories 387
  • caloriesfromfat 74 %
  • protein 6.8 g
  • fat 31 g
  • satfat 17 g
  • carbohydrate 29 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • sodium 47 mg
  • cholesterol 147 mg

How to Make It

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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

  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.