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Total Time
30 MIN
Yield
Serves : 8
© Stephanie Foley

How to Make It

Step 1    

In the top of a double boiler, combine the chocolate, butter and espresso and cook over simmering water over moderately low heat, stirring, until the chocolate is melted. Remove the top of the double boiler and let cool to 75° on an instant-read thermometer. Beat in the egg yolks until incorporated.

Step 2    

In a large bowl, beat the egg whites at medium-high speed until very soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and beat until the whites are slightly firm and glossy.

Step 3    

In another bowl, beat the cream until firm. Gently fold half of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture, then fold in half of the beaten whites until no streaks remain. Repeat with the remaining whites and whipped cream.

Step 4    

Spoon the chocolate mousse into glasses or bowls and refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours. Garnish with chocolate shavings and serve chilled.

Make Ahead

The mousse can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Suggested Pairing

A fruity Cabernet blend is Alexis Swanson Traina's favorite complement to this luxurious chocolate mousse—its able to stand up to the mousse's potent chocolate, rich cream and bitter espresso flavors. For an alternative, pour a sweet red dessert wine or Port.

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