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Decadent Chocolate Mousse

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.

Sunset DECEMBER 2010

  • Yield: Serves 10 to 12
  • Total:30 Minutes


  • 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


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.

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

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 387
  • Calories from fat: 74%
  • Protein: 6.8g
  • Fat: 31g
  • Saturated fat: 17g
  • Carbohydrate: 29g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sodium: 47mg
  • Cholesterol: 147mg

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