Thursday, April 29, 2010

Boozy Chocolate Kahlua Mousse

I have good news, and I have good news!
First, my oven has been fixed by the delayed repairman - he turned up, only 15 minutes late this time, and managed to replace the broken oven fan.  He also scratched the floor when he shifted the oven out, but I'm willing to overlook this because the oven now works!

In other good news, I found a Chocolate Mousse recipe that does not contain raw egg yolk. Because I was 'without oven' for over a week, dessert-time in my household was a sorry affair of ice cream for most nights.  Then I discovered this recipe.

I've always been a bit hesitant about eating raw eggs, so I've avoided making uncooked mousse.  This is a good recipe, though. The whipped eggwhite makes the mousse very light, and the dark chocolate is not too sweet, so even though the mousse seems quite rich, you don't feel weighed down afterwards.  Serving the mousse with strawberries may have helped. Give it a go, and don't skimp on the Kahlua - I highly recommend it. 
Caveats: i) You will need 3 mixing bowls for this recipe. ii) I don't like raw egg yolk, but eggwhite is okay by me.

Chocolate Kahlua Mousse
serves 4

200g dark chocolate, chopped
1 eggwhite
2 tsp caster sugar
300ml thickened cream
1/2 tsp instant coffee powder
50ml Kahlua (or a smidgeon more, if you like)
1 punnet strawberries
1/2 cup white chocolate, grated

1.  First bowl: Place chocolate into a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until chocolate has melted. Set aside to cool
2.  Second bowl: Place cream and coffee powder into a bowl and beat with electric beaters until starting to thicken. Add Kahlua and beat until soft peaks form. Fold one-third of the cream mixture into the chocolate.
3.  Third bowl: Beat egg white until soft peaks form. Gradually add caster sugar beating until stiff.
4.  Back to the first bowl: Fold remaining cream and egg white into chocolate mixture until just combined.
5.  Spoon mixture into 4 x 1 cup ramekins or glasses. Cover and chill for 2-3 hours.
6.  Serve topped with strawberries and sprinkle with grated white chocolate.
Recipe adapted from
In the 3 mixing bowls are: the cream/coffee/Kahlua, the melted chocolate, and the beaten eggwhite.  I used a white chocolate frog (grated) to top the mousse.
In other news, you could also replace the coffee powder and Kahlua with Cointreau.

The mousse will harden in the refrigerator, so remove from the fridge 30 minutes before serving, if you want a softer texture.

I will be making this excellent mousse often, even though I have an oven again.


  1. This looks delicious. I need to make a chocolate mousse for a family event on Saturday. I may have found the recipe!

  2. Che meraviglia....Voglio assaggiarne uno per favore..
    Complimenti davvero una bella proposta!

  3. Gorgeouuus!! I shall have to make some with my leftover Kahlua ^^!

  4. I dunno, icecream every night sounds pretty good to me! My sister doesn't like eating raw egg yolks either so this is a great recipe, I reckon the alcohol will kill any bugs anyway so keep on pouring!

  5. Hi Bel! This looks so delicious and beautiful too. I suppose it's a bit more healthful than the average chocolate mousse too in terms of cholesterol-that's nice.
    Don't you love it when a contractor comes and fixes one thing while breaking or damaging another (that almost always happens to me)? I don't like to be so sarcastic, but it does seem to happen to me a lot too...
    I most often bridle my tongue knowing that they do a lot of hard work-it is frustrating though!

  6. Chocolate is my best friend. And there is never skimping on kahlua.

  7. Bel! Your choc mousse looks amazing. I'm bookmarking this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Yay for the oven (again) haha - I just understand the pain! The oven fan broke on our old oven, appeared to be unfixable though so mum and dad went out and bought a new one, was very reluctant to crank the oven up so high without a fan.

    Those mousses sound so good. (Note to self must make kahlua souffle).

  9. What gorgeous photos!
    I made a boozy white chocolate mousse for Christmas dessert this year. I think it used the vanilla kahlua from recollection. So indulgent, but oh so tasty.

  10. I'm impressed that you made a beautiful dessert even without your oven! Strawberries sounds like the perfect foil to the chocolate too!

  11. Ooh fantastic news about your oven! The first time I made a mousse when I was little everyone refused to eat it because of the raw egg lol.

  12. Don't skimp on the Kahlua? Uh, you know this is _us_ you're talking to, right?

    Hooray for a new oven! And just add some more Kahlua and the floor scratch will magically disappear.

  13. I have a bottle of vanilla Kahlua, but find it too sweet for drinking. Now I know what to do with it :D Thank you for sharing!

    P/S: Sorry to hear about the floor. But yay for the fixed oven

  14. Gorgeous dessert - love the boozy aspect!

  15. Glad to hear that your oven is working again :)

    These mousses look wonderfully velvety. Well done Bel!

  16. Ah, no one ever looks at kitchen floors anyway! :) I love the addition of kahlua - I'm just now trying to reintegrate some spirits into my life, after not being able to stomach them. I think this might be an option!

  17. Hi Belle i am not fond about kalhua but O k I can try again !! cheers de Pierre in Paris

  18. Great looking mousse. I think my oven might be about to fail :( I don't know what I will do.

  19. Belle! So glad to hear your oven is working! can't wait to see some over baked treats! In the meantime, I'll drool over the chocolate mousse! It looks so yummy!

  20. I've only ever made chocolate mousse once and that was a few years ago- the recipe only used egg whites and chocolate so it ended up tasting quite bad. I only later learnt of the dangers of raw eggs and then got scared of making chocolate mousse again....=]

    But this chocolate mousse has inspired me to make it again- it looks so good!