Peter Gilmore’s Chocolate Mousse Recipe

February 7, 2012

Perfect for that romantic night in, celebrity chef Peter Gilmore shares his recipe for mouth-watering chocolate mousse that is sure to turn up the heat in – and out – of the kitchen this Valentine’s Day.

“I believe there is nothing better than showing someone how much you care for them than with a little home cooking,” says Peter Gilmore, Executive Chef of Sydney’s Quay Restaurant and Electrolux cooking ambassador. “My delicious chocolate mousse is the ideal dish for you and your partner this Valentine’s Day.”

Serves 8


325g dark chocolate

500mL cream

4 egg yolks

50g caster sugar

½ vanilla bean, split and scraped

3 egg whites


1. Finely chop the chocolate and melt it over a double boiler and keep warm. Whip the cream until soft peaks form.

2. Make a sabayon by combining the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla bean. Cook over a double boiler, whisking continuously until the egg yolks become thick and glossy, then remove the sabayon from the heat. Have the whipped cream nearby.

3. Pour all of the melted chocolate into the warm sabayon and with a large hand whisk, beat as fast as you can to incorporate all the chocolate into the sabayon. The chocolate will begin to seize; at that point you will need to add 1 large kitchen spoonful of cream and whisk vigorously for a further 1 minute. The chocolate, egg and cream mixture will now be more workable and relatively stable. You should have half the whipped cream left.

4. Immediately whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Place the whisked egg whites and the remaining cream on top of the chocolate mixture and gently fold through until well incorporated.

5. Gently place the mousse into serving glasses and refrigerate a minimum of 2 hours before serving. Serve with fresh raspberries.

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