June 2019 Recipe of the Month:

Birthday Mousse

I am SO EXCITED to share this recipe with you. It’s my all-time favorite chocolate recipe — and by far the best mousse I’ve ever had. It’s light, it’s fluffy, and the crust — THE CRUST! — the crust is perfection.

You can make this recipe in a springform pan, spread it amongst little ramekins (like we did at our wedding!), put it in wine glasses for a fancy twist, or slap it in individual bowls for watching Netflix. Decorate it with fruit, cookies, chocolate curls, peppermint patties…basically anything you want. 

Crust ingredients:

  • 3 cups chocolate wafer crumbs (my mom always used these wafers when I was a kid, so they’re my favorite)

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted

Filling ingredients:

  • 1 pound semisweet chocolate

  • 2 eggs

  • 4 egg yolks

  • 2 cups whipping cream (regular whipping cream, NOT heavy whipping cream)

  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar

  • 4 egg whites, room temperature

In honor of the other type of “mousse",”  here are some fun moose facts .

In honor of the other type of “mousse",” here are some fun moose facts.

Crust steps: 

  1. Combine crust ingredients. Eat way too many wafers in the process.

  2. Press the crust evenly in the bottom (and partially up the sides, if using a springform) of whatever container you decide to use: a 10-inch springform pan, ramekins, wine glasses, bowls, etc.

  3. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Filling steps:

  1. Soften the chocolate in a top-broiler over simmering water (or just microwave it, I won’t tell).

  2. Cool to 95 degrees F.

  3. Add the whole eggs and mix, then blend in the 4 additional yolks.

  4. With an electric mixer, whip the cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Have a lick.

  5. Beat the egg whites until stiff, but not dry.

  6. Stir a little cream and egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it up a tad, then fold in the rest.

  7. Pour into the prepared crust and chill overnight (or at least 6 hours).

Final steps:

  1. Decorate as you will.

  2. Stick a candle in the top and make a wish!