Chocolate–Cognac mousse in espresso cups with maple Chantilly and bittersweet chocolate shavings

Chocolate–Cognac mousse in espresso cups with maple Chantilly and bittersweet chocolate shavings

This classic French dessert is all too often overlooked, but I find it to be utterly delectable, especially when the mousse is light, airy and silky-smooth – all the qualities I tried to highlight when I created this recipe.

Here the mousse is marvelously chocolaty and not-too-sweet (only 1 tablespoon of sugar is added to the whole dessert!), but every spoonful is as luscious as can be.

Served in stylish espresso cups, this mousse makes a stunning dessert. Plus you can prepare it ahead of time – the finishing touches require only a few minutes of your time before serving.

A classic dessert that deserves a spot in every cook’s repertoire!

Food & spirit pairing: Cognac with chocolate-Cognac mousse

Spirit iconA glass of Cognac, Armagnac or Bourbon is perfect for sipping after this dessert. Another classic pairing that’s hard to beat!


Dark chocolate


Chocolate–Cognac mousse in espresso cups with maple Chantilly and bittersweet chocolate shavings

serves 6
active time: 45 min

For the mousse

  1. 7 oz (200 g) semi-sweet chocolate (preferably Callebaut, Scharffen Berger or Valhrona) – broken in 1″ chunks
  2. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  3. 3 extra large eggs – at room temperature, separated
  4. 1 tablespoon organic sugar
  5. 2 tablespoons Cognac (or Brandy)
  6. 3/4 cup heavy cream – whipped

For the Chantilly

  1. 1/3 cup heavy cream
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  3. 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. bittersweet chocolate – for shavings as garnish

  1. Step 1:camera icon In a double boiler, over slow simmering hot water, melt the chocolate and butter. Stir until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl to cool slightly.
  2. Step 2:camera icon While the chocolate is cooling, place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the whisk attachments, whip at medium speed until frothy. Add the sugar and increase to high speed. Continue to whip at high speed until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  3. Step 3:camera icon Add the Cognac to the cooled chocolate (the chocolate should be warm to the touch but not hot), and whisk with a wire whisk until just incorporated. Add the egg yolks one at a time and whisk until just incorporated. With a silicone spatula, fold in the whip cream until well incorporated. Then, very gently, fold in half the egg whites until well incorporated. Finish by folding in the remaining egg whites until just incorporated, being careful not to over-mix. Spoon the mousse in espresso cups and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  4. Cook’s note: The chocolate mousse can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.
  5. Step 4:camera icon To make the Chantilly – Place the heavy cream, maple syrup and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and whip at medium speed until soft peaks form. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. Step 5:camera icon Remove the espresso cups from the refrigerator 20 minutes before serving. Spoon a dollop of the Chantilly on top of each mousse. Using a vegetable hand peeler, shave the bittersweet chocolate over the mousses and serve.
  7. Cook’s note: When consuming raw eggs it’s most important that they be as fresh as possible. I also recommend using organic eggs, instead of commercial eggs.

Chocolate–Cognac mousse in espresso cups with maple Chantilly and bittersweet chocolate shavings

dessert, chocolate, mousse

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13 Comments

  • Reply El October 28, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Your site looks fantastic. The chocolate mousse? I’ll be right over.

  • Reply Medeja February 15, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Looks really beautiful and delicious!

  • Reply cakewhiz February 14, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    i strongly believe the classics are the best…this mousse is lovely and i wouldn’t mind helping myself to a cup :)

  • Reply Lisa February 14, 2013 at 10:41 am

    This looks yummy!

  • Reply Stephanie (Velez Delights) February 13, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    This looks great! It’s definitely becoming a part of my future To-Do list! :)

  • Reply Evelyne@cheapethniceatz February 13, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    You are right a well executed chocolate mouse is fantastic, love the touch of cognac!

  • Reply Sandra's Easy Cooking February 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    This looks wonderful Viviane..perfect for Valentine’s Day on a cold romantic night!
    I wish you an amazing mid week!

    • Reply Viviane February 15, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Thank you Sandra… I hope you had a fabulous and delicious V Day!

  • Reply Donna Ford February 13, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Looks delicious Viviane. It’s still really cold here in Nevada so I’m sure we will enjoy this yummy chocolate drink!

  • Reply Milan February 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    This looks amazing and super simple to boot! I will be adding this to my list of desserts, who doesn’t love chocolate.

    • Reply Viviane February 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you Milan… I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love chocolate!

  • Reply Kayle (The Cooking Actress) February 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    These are simply beautiful and perfect to a chocolate lover like me :)

    • Reply Viviane February 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you Kayle!

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