Ingredients: For the Chocolate Mousse: 8 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) of semisweet chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate 3 large eggs, separated 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Pinch of salt 1 cup heavy cream For the Chocolate Cups: 8 ounces of high-quality dark chocolate For Garnish (optional): Whipped cream Fresh berries Shaved chocolate Mint leaves Instructions: Make the Chocolate Cups: a. Place 8 ounces of dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. b. Microwave the chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring each time until fully melted and smooth. c.
Take silicone cupcake liners or small silicone molds and brush a thin layer of melted chocolate onto the bottoms and sides, creating the cup shape. Make sure to coat evenly. d. Place the cups in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes to set. You can also put them in the freezer for a quicker setting time. e. Once set, carefully peel the silicone molds away from the chocolate cups. If they don’t release easily, you can gently tap them on the counter to release the cups.
Make the Chocolate Mousse: a. Melt the semisweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water (double boiler) or in the microwave in 20-30 second intervals, stirring until smooth. Let it cool slightly. b. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt until well combined. c. Slowly pour the melted chocolate into the egg yolk mixture, whisking continuously to combine. This will temper the eggs. d. In another bowl, whip the heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. e. Gently fold the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture until fully incorporated. f. In a clean, dry bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. g. Carefully fold the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture until no streaks remain. Be gentle to keep the mousse light and airy. Assemble the Dessert Cups: a. Spoon the chocolate mousse into the chocolate cups you prepared earlier. b. Chill the dessert cups in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours, or until the mousse has set. Serve: a. Garnish your chocolate mousse dessert cups with a dollop of whipped cream, fresh berries, shaved chocolate, and mint leaves, if desired. b. Enjoy your decadent chocolate mousse dessert cups! These chocolate mousse dessert cups are not only delicious but also visually impressive for special occasions. Enjoy!