Top-Secret Chocolate Mousse #FrenchFridayswithDorie

Dorie Greenspan shares her Top-Secret Chocolate Mousse Recipe. A lovely, French indulgence!

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie schedule gave us free reign to choose any recipe from the cookbook. I should logically be hunting in the vegetable or seafood chapters during this week of Thanksgiving gluttony, but this chocolate mousse has been calling to me since I bought my copy of Around My French Table.  And lucky for you all, this recipe has been shared in Bon Appetit…so if you didn’t have enough pumpkin pie to satisfy your sweet tooth, whip up a batch of this heavenly cloud of chocolate for yourself.

I added a teaspoon of vanilla to the egg yolk mixture…and this is where you can get creative with other extracts or oils.  They were each topped with a dollop of sweetened whip cream and a luscious berry. This mousse was dense and rich…Bill and Nick both got to scoop samples from my mixing bowls and declared it a success. Bill did mention he preferred some of my other mousse recipes…I think he missed the lightness from incorporating whipped cream into the egg/chocolate mixture.  I loved that this didn’t need to be refrigerated before eating…so it’s easy to put together at the last minute, but it can also be parked in the fridge for hours before a dinner party. Thanks, Dorie, for this winner!


The recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s magnificent cookbook, Around My French Table. If you’d like to see what the other “Doristas” thought of this dish, check out the LYL section for this recipe on the French Fridays website.



  1. ?????? , <3 xoxoxox Flavia

  2. Yikes! What did I do? Lol

  3. May I please say yum yum yum!!! Choc mousse is my favourite dessert. Your pics are beautiful too : )

  4. So glad you went with gluttony instead of restraint. YUM!

  5. Beautiful French Friday!!!!

  6. I like the name of this recipe Lizzy, though I not a dessert person but this mousse is one that I love.

  7. Mmmm… That looks like it would be good for breakfast.

    Or maybe I just need some breakfast right now. ._.

  8. yum. yum. yum. Perfect for those of us who are apple’d out.

  9. Lizzy… this mousse is making me hungry!! I love chocolate mousse. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving day too. I agree, I am very thankful to all the foodie friendships I have made since I started my blog (especially you!):) Thank you for stumbling my cookies.. you’re a sweetheart! :) Yes, the day I figure stumble out… I will rule the world. LOL! :) Hope you are enjoying some Black Friday sales today. ~ Ramona

  10. I love pudding…and mousse is even better! It looks heavenly and a great “choice”! I made the rice pudding but am craving this chocolate now!

  11. This looks delicious and I would rather have chocolate mousse than pumpkin any day.

  12. I think look perfect Lizzy I love them:)

  13. Looks great! As we were planning out Thanksgiving menu my German husband actually suggested chocolate mousse for dessert and I had to explain to him that chocolate doesn’t really play a big role on Thanksgiving. I had to promise that I would whip up something chocolate next month :-)

  14. I missed not having any chocolate with dessert for Thanksgiving, so this mousse looks delicious today! Good to know this version doesn’t need resting time.

  15. Liz…how nice that you all got to choose this time around. And what a splendid choice you made! I woke up this morning, craving a little dab of chocolate and this would be perfect. So pretty in your glasses with a dollop of cream and a pretty berry! : )

  16. Mmmmm, your mousse with raspberries looks delicious – and the red brings out the chocolate in the most wonderful way.

  17. There’s nothing like a good chocolate mousse. I have to admit that on those rare occasions that I do like chocolate (THAT time), I lean towards the mousse side of things. This sounds and looks perfect for me. :)

  18. Lizy…great choice :) love that chocolate mousse…looks delish with the cream and berry on it. Good job. now let’s have our potbless party! Have a great weekend.

  19. Oh Lizzy! This recipe and your lovely presentation has really caught my eye! I’m saving this recipe for over the holidays, it’s just the perfect serving of chocolate to share with company;-)

  20. Dear Lizzy, I just love, Love, love…Chocolate mousse. I bet this was a piece of Heaven. Blessings, Catherine xo

  21. A girl after my own heart – I had to go for the dessert section as well, Lizzy. :) Your top secret mousse looks so smooth and creamy. I think I am going to be making this very soon. I really like the idea of serving raspberries with this.

  22. I came [] close to making this mousse this week, but went with cookies instead. Now I know I’ll have to make it!

  23. Lizzy these look killer! So creamy and I am seriously drooling.

  24. Perrrrfect weekend recipe. I’m darn ready for something other than pumpkin:)

  25. Can I tell you a secret? When I read this was cook’s choice I kinda wondered if you would choose a dessert. lol. Boy did you pick a doozey and do it proud!

  26. It looks delicious and how fun that you got to choose your own recipe! Happy Thanksgiving (or day after!)

  27. Thanks for pointing out that this mousse doesn’t need chilling and can be served immediately. I wouldn’t have thought of trying this recipe otherwise!

    Isn’t it nice to serve a dish which everyone in the family loves? :) No challenging taste/ingredient for a change this week!

  28. This could make me eat chocolate – it is stunning to look at, and I love how the chocolate mousse looks so festive with the holiday red!
    Happy French Friday!

  29. A really eye-catching and delectable sweet treat!

  30. MMM!! One of my favorites! A friend of mine gave me a recipe from his German Grandmother many years ago. I haven’t made it in such a long time, but you are tempting me to dig it out. Nicely done (as always!!)

  31. Chocolate mousse is my husband’s favorite – and his birthday is coming up! I’ll have to get out my cookbook and make this soon :-) Yours looks gorgeous!

  32. sounds heavenly!

  33. Lizzy, these look not only heavenly but stunning. What gorgeous photos! Love the top secret…

  34. Ha! I should have known you would pick something Chocolate! I’m so glad you tried this because I’ve been wanting to make it, too.

    Excellent photos!

    I’m grateful for your mentorship & friendship, too! xoxo

  35. O, how dumb was I. I could also pick something with chocolate. I love chocolate.
    And your mousse looks so delicious with all that chocolate. And your pictures do look great too.
    Happy thanksgiving.

  36. So happy the secret is out, and thrilled that it can be devoured right away!

  37. I am sure this is going to go over very well in my house one of these days :-) Perfect for those chocolate lovers out there!

  38. You can never go wrong with chocolate.

  39. I could DEVOUR an entire batch of that mousse right now, oh my gosh, yum! That looks insanely good. Thanks for tempting me so early in the day Lizzy lol Have a great weekend =]

  40. I don’t think there’s any combination I like better than chocolate and raspberries!

  41. Mmmm, chocolate mousse :) Looks like a wonderful dessert!

  42. mmm can I get one with white chocolate? :) And those raspberries again…. mmmmm…. heaven.

  43. Oh, I could really go for some of this heavenly mousse right now!

  44. Liz they look scrumptious. I really need to buy Doris book to make all these great recipes. Nice photos too:)

  45. this sounds and looks heavenly! I love chocolate mouse but haven’t found a good recipe yet, definitely saving this!

  46. Lizzy, if you and Bill come out this way, we will definitely take you on a wine tour! And we’ll get Trevor and Elaine to come up, too!

    I have this great idea that our FFWD experience should culminate in a grand finale party! Can you imagine how much fun it would be for all the Doristas to meet in person?!?

  47. Congrats on top 9 Mama Liz!

  48. I love chocolate mousse….
    This looks good Liz…

  49. That mousse looks incredible!
    I can’t wait to make this recipe.
    Your photos look amazing!

  50. Who doesn’t love chocolate mousse and it’s always a success. I have Dorie’s book but haven’t tried this recipe. so nice of you to test it for us Lizzy (smile).

    Hope your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  51. Sound and look amazing! What a great choice!

  52. Congratulations on Top 9!

  53. Congrats on Top 9! I have made Julia’s mousse and loved it but recently made Jacques Pépin’s mousse (posting this week) and loved it more – it was easier – so Dorie’s mousse is on my list now too! Pretty pictures!

  54. Oh My God !!! absolutely delish , the pics also look just great .

  55. Oh I forgot , congratz on top 9 :).

  56. Liz, yummy! AND I LOVE THE photography! I really should take part in this mingle. Looks like so much fun!

  57. Nicely done..this one look so good!!! I wish I had some right now! Hope your Sunday is beautiful!

  58. This sounds like a perfect holiday dessert.

  59. Lizzy, one of my good friends just asked me recently if I have a good mousse recipe! Now I know where to send her! This looks so good! :)

  60. Such a lovely presentation of the mousse with berries and red cloth. Perfect for the holidays, I like that the mousse has the whipped cream on the top!

    Congrats on the Top 9 today!

  61. I would use vanilla too! I use it everywhere… Congrats for the Top9!!

  62. This looks like a wonderful mousse recipe. You know you’re a lucky man when you can say “this” mousse recipe isn’t as good as “the other” mousse recipe!

  63. oh my….chocolate mousse is one of my all time favorite desserts…..i hope you had a marvelous thanksgiving weekend!!!!

  64. The mousse looks so elegant in those glasses—I have to try it.

  65. … not so top secret any more, and such beautiful photos. Am now a happy follower! Regards, Anthony.

  66. I adore chocolate mousse!

  67. Congratulations on Top 9!! Great post and photos!! =]

  68. I’m pretty sure the vegetable or seafood dish would have tasted delicious, but this mousse, oh, this sounds heavenly Liz. I’m so happy you picked it!

  69. When there is a “label” Top Secret on a post, that is a must to read and I’m glad I read it 😀
    Tq for sharing the recipe link and gorgeous photos Liz! :) and tq fr ur sweet comment before, I just hope my baby paprika grow sweet and healthy 😀

  70. 2Peeeps Health and Fitness says:

    yummy chocolate

  71. Adoro la mousse al cioccolato.. adoro il cioccolato ^_^!!!!!
    Il fatto che non necessiti di essere refrigerata è ancor più interessante!!!
    Da provare subito!!!!!!
    Un bacio grande grande!!!!!!

  72. I love chocolate… I am sure I love this mousse. Look delicious and it’s nicely presented. A guaranteed holiday treat!

  73. I like that you put raspberry with this!! :) It sounds like this is a great dish to have around!

  74. I need to look this up in the book and make it asap. Looks absolutely fantastic! Congrats on TOP 9!!!:)

  75. Chocolate mousse is, hands-down, my all-time favorite dessert. I’ll be looking up this one!

  76. Congrats on the top 9! I have tried so many different variations of chocolate mousse and this sounds and looks so yummy!

  77. I’ve made this recipe a few times and I loooove it. I never knew mousse was so easy. This stuff is dangerous for me to be around, though. I have no self control. Glad you picked a winner!

  78. Sounds so good! I’m a sucker for anything rich and chocolatey like chocolate mousse.

  79. To a Fellow Hawkeye,

    If it’s chocolate, I like it and so will my dinner guests. I also loved your vanilla mousse. And, your pumpkin pie wasn’t half-bad either! Thanks for your holiday Posts. The way that you bake and cook, how CAN you remain skinny. No such luck from this Iowan!

  80. Hi, Mary! You’ll have to come to Indiana and I’ll take you to hot yoga practice…you sweat off a zillion calories. I also hit the treadmill regularly :) Thanks for saying hello~

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