Birthday Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

For my birthday this year, I requested chocolate mousse rather than a cake. Mainly because I LOVE chocolate mousse but also because it uses eggs. I’m always looking for good egg recipes! Here’s a fantastic chocolate mousse recipe adapted from my Joy of Cooking cookbook which is about 40 years old and still the best cookbook ever.

1) Mix together in a saucepan and cook over a low heat until it just starts to get small bubbles around the edges:
   – 2 cups milk
   – 1/4 cup sugar
   – 100 g sweet chocolate (grate a bar or use easy melting chips)

2) Pour a small part of this warm mixture into 4 beaten egg yolks

3) Pour egg mixture into pan with chocolate mixture and stir constantly over low heat until it just begins to thicken (sieve out any lumps)

4) Place pan immediately into a bath of cold water and allow to cool.

5) While egg & chocolate mixture is cooling, whip 3/4 cup of cream until stiff

6) Add:
  – 1 teaspoon vanilla
  – 2 tablespoons brandy

7) Fold the egg & chocolate mixture into whipped cream and mix until blended

8) Place mousse into single serving containers and refrigerate before serving

Do I need to say how wonderful this dessert is? Next time we’ll use dark chocolate because we’re pretty sure that would taste even better. This dish ticks all the boxes for me to call it a huge success:

  • It is easy to make.
  • It uses eggs from my sweet chickens.
  • It tastes fantastic.
  • I looks very fancy.
  • I’d proudly serve it to friends.

That’s a win, win, win…. recipe. Note, I didn’t say it’s particularly good for your heart or waistline, but that’s never been one of the criteria I use for judging food – and I hope it never will be 🙂


About Laura Rittenhouse

I'm an American-Australian author, gardener and traveller. Go to my writing website: for more. If you're trying to find my gardening blog, it's here.
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6 Responses to Birthday Mousse

  1. I love chocolate mousse too, so shall definitely try our recipe as we too have eggs from our chickens. by the way belated happy birthday

  2. Happy belated birthday – Joy of cooking is also one of my favourite cookbooks – mine is 30 years old, and very tattered and food splattered.

    • Thank you for the birthday greetings.

      Isn’t that an amazing cookbook? No glossy photos and weird exoctic ingredients, but it’s rare that I look for a recipe in it that I can’t find. And it give so many sensible explanations and how to’s. Broken binding, food stains, folded pages, all add to its charm 🙂

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