- 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 3 large eggs, separated
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- ½ cup chilled heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Whipped cream and chocolate shavings, for garnish
- One hour before preparing mousse, put heavy cream in a medium bowl in the fridge to chill the bowl.
- In a medium saucepan, bring 1 inch of water to a simmer.
- In another medium glass bowl (or other heat-proof bowl), put chocolate and softened butter in the bowl and put the bowl on top of the pan of water. The water should not touch the bottom of the bowl.
- Stir the chocolate mixture until it is melted and smooth.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly (1-2 minutes).
- Beat one egg yolk into the chocolate mixture with a whisk until smooth. Repeat, one at a time with the other two egg yolks. Set aside.
- In a separate small bowl, using an electric mixer on low, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and beat on medium speed until you see soft peaks form. Gradually mix in ¼ cup of the sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
- Take your chilled bowl of cream out of the fridge and beat the cream on high speed until it starts to thicken. This will take some time so don’t be concerned if it doesn’t thicken right away.
- Add remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and the vanilla. Continue beating until the cream holds soft peaks.
- At this point, you should have 3 bowls. It’s now time to mix everything together.
- Stir in a large tablespoon of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture just to lighten the consistency.
- Fold in the rest of the egg whites, slowly, with a spatula. Do not stir.
- Fold in the whipped cream. Do not overwork the mousse or it will be heavy and you want it to be airy and light.
- Spoon into dessert cups or glasses and chill for several hours.
- Garnish with more whipped cream and chocolate shavings before serving. To create the chocolate shavings just grate the chocolate using a cheese grater over your mousse cups.
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