That’s right, April 3rd is Chocolate Mousse Day. I don’t know when it became official, but I sometimes wonder why it isn’t at least as popular as President’s Day. I mean, I understand that we’re lucky to live in a democracy and we have had at least a few great presidents in the history of this country, but Chocolate Mousse Day has chocolate mousse! I think you see my point.
Mousse is a French word that translates to foam, or froth. This dessert is dense and airy at the same time. Each spoonful seems substantial when you scoop it out of the dish, but melts in your mouth with a deep chocolate flavor.
You should use the best chocolate you can get your hands on, the better the chocolate the tastier the mousse. And as always, we use as many organic ingredients as we can, and encourage you to do the same. The eggs and sugar are organic in this recipe, as well as the chocolate.
- 3.5 ounces (100 grams) dark chocolate
- 3 eggs
- 3 tsp sugar
- ¾ tsp orange extract (optional)
- pinch of salt
- Melt chocolate in a double boiler over low heat
- Separate eggs
- Whisk egg whites together, adding sugar 1 tsp at a time until stiff peaks form
- While stirring the melted chocolate, slowly incorporate egg yolks into chocolate
- Mix in orange extract and pinch of salt to chocolate
- Fold ⅓ meringue into chocolate
- Fold remaining meringue into chocolate
- Refrigerate for 4 hours and serve