[Friday Recipe: mousse au chocolat]

For Christmas my sister sent me, much to my delight, the Ladurée recipe book that I’ve had my eye on for over a year: Sucré.

I am really excited to start trying macarons again but I don’t have a lot of the basic kitchen items essential to the recipe (scales, multiple mixing bowls, a good-quality baking tray and piping bags). So as I stock my kitchen with the required items I’ll be trying some of the less technical recipes in the gorgeous suede-lined book. The first was an easy-looking chocolate mousse, which turned out to be every bit as simple as I expected. Despite having a hatred for eggs, I adore a good chocolate mousse, so this recipe will become a regular in the Croft household I expect!

Please note: the original recipe served 8 which was a little excessive for just Brendan and I so the quantities below are halved.

mousse au chocolat


  • 160g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa), chopped finely
  • 40g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 40g chocolate extra, for decorating


Add butter and chocolate to a bowl and place over a small pan of simmering water (double-boiler) to melt, stirring constantly.

mousse au chocolat

Remove from heat and allow melted chocolate to cool to barely lukewarm.

Whilst the chocolate is cooling, separate the eggs and set the whites aside. Lightly beat the yolks. Place egg whites in a large, clean, dry bowl with a pinch of salt and whip to a foam. Once they are white and frothy, add the sugar and continue to whip until firm.

mousse au chocolat

Immediately add the egg yolks, gently folding into the whites. Incorporate 1/4 of the egg mixture into the chocolate and butter by gently folding together. Pour this entire mixture back over the remaining 3/4 of the eggs, folding them together gently.

Transfer the chocolate mousse to a large serving dish and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Serve in small cups or ramekins with chocolate grated over the top to decorate.

mousse au chocolat

About Elle Croft

Stylish traveller, food fanatic, coffee addict and francophile. Blogger at [a bird in the hand]. I believe it's possible to travel without having to look like a backpacker...
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  • Amanda Yaceyko

    Looks lovely! Now, I can’t wait to see your macarons when you start making them. On that note, have you bought yourself a kitchen scale yet? ;)