If anything can be said about chocolate mousse, it's that it fits deftly into every menu plan and has very few enemies at the dinner table. Tuck into this triple chocolate mousse recipe, prettily layered with homemade white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate mousses, for your next cocoa craving. Just add coffee or cappuccino for a show-stopping dessert course to impress your guests.
- 2 cups cream (heavy)
- 4 large egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons sugar (granulated)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 ounces white chocolate (chopped)
- 2 1/2 ounces chocolate (milk, chopped)
- 2 1/2 ounces chocolate (dark, chopped)
- Garnish: shaved chocolate ribbons
How to make triple chocolate mousse:
In a medium pan set over low-medium heat, heat 3/4 cup of the heavy cream until it just starts to steam. In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth.
In a slow, steady stream, pour the hot cream into egg mixture, whisking constantly. Pour the hot cream-egg mixture back into the pan and cook it over low-medium heat, constantly whisking, for 4 minutes, until a thermometer reads 160F.
Remove the pan from the heat, pour the custard through a fine-mesh sieve, and set it aside for a moment.
In three separate, metal bowls, one for each chocolate, melt the chocolates over a double boiler. Whisk one-third of the custard into each melted chocolate and allow the mixture to cool completely.
Beat the remaining chilled cream on high speed until peaks form. Stir two tablespoons of the whipped cream into each chocolate custard, and then evenly divide the remaining whipped cream among the custards and very gently fold it into a mousse.
Layer the white chocolate mousse, milk chocolate mousse, and dark chocolate mousse into serving cups and chill them for several hours before serving. The triple chocolate mousse can be held in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before serving. Serve it garnished with chocolate shavings, if desired.
If three chocolates in a mousse are not enough, you can vary the recipe by adding flavours to the chocolate. A dash of coffee or Espresso can be good. Add a touch of orange to one of the chocolate layers. For an adults-only dessert, certainly not for children, add a drop of your favourite liqueur be it a dash of brandy, whisky or perhaps a flavored liqueur like a Cointreau. Also lovely in chocolate is Baileys Irish Cream, smooth and creamy so blends well with chocolate.