Easy Chocolate Mousse
Updated: May 19, 2020
This quick and simple chocolate mousse is the most indulgent no-bake and naturally gluten-free dessert. This old-school, seemingly fancy dessert is light and fluffy, yet deeply rich and decadent all at the same time. The results are incredibly creamy, silky, and smooth with big flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness. This decadent chocolate mousse is pretty to serve and a treat to eat for chocolate lovers of all ages.
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2 large egg yolks
⅛ cup granulated sugar
1¼ cups heavy whipping cream
5 oz semisweet baking chocolate, chopped
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
½ cup heavy cream, cold
2 tsp granulated sugar
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks with an electric handheld mixer on high speed for about 3 minutes until thick and pale yellow colored. Then gradually beat in the sugar until incorporated.
Heat ½ cup of the whipping cream in a saucepan over medium heat until just hot, but not boiling. Gradually stir at least half of the hot whipping cream into the egg yolk mixture. Then gradually stir the egg mixture back into the remaining hot whipping cream in the saucepan. Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, but is not boiling.
Remove from the heat and mix in the vanilla. Then stir in the chocolate and butter until completely melted and smooth. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, just until chilled.
Beat the remaining ¾ cup of whipping cream in a chilled bowl with an electric handheld mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the chilled chocolate mixture. Pipe or spoon the chocolate mousse into serving bowls.
Before serving, use a handheld electric mixer to whip the heavy cream until it begins to thicken up. Add the sugar and vanilla and whip until medium peaks form. Dollop the whipped cream on top of the mousse and enjoy.
Looking for more simple recipes made with basic pantry ingredients? Check out these other recipes in Barth Bakery's Pandemic Pantry series:
The Best Easy Blueberry Muffins
Easy No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Cookies
Easy Australian Lemon Delicious Pudding
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