Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
3 HR
Serves : 12
Abby Hocking / Food & Wine

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, combine the chocolates with the butter and coffee and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter melt, about 6 minutes. Remove the bowl from the heat and let cool until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the chocolate reads 75°, about 30 minutes. Add the 8 egg yolks and whisk until smooth.

Step 2    

In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, whip the 8 egg whites at medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle in the sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, and whip until the whites are thick and glossy, about 4 minutes.

Step 3    

In a second large bowl, using a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream with the liqueur at medium-high speed until medium peaks form, about 5 minutes.

Step 4    

Using a rubber spatula, fold half of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture until just a few streaks remain. Fold in half of the whipped egg whites, followed by the remaining whipped cream and egg whites. Scrape into a large serving bowl or small bowls. Cover the mousse with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

Step 5    

Garnish the mousse with coarsely grated bittersweet chocolate just before serving.

Chef's Notes

Please note that this mousse contains raw egg whites.

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