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Elegant White Chocolate Mousse

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling

Makes

8 servings

Updated: Feb. 02, 2023
Simply elegant is a fitting description for this smooth treat. Whipped cream teams up with white chocolate to make this easy white chocolate mousse recipe extra special. —Laurinda Johnston, Belchertown, Massachusetts
Elegant White Chocolate Mousse Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces white baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Mixed fresh berries, optional

Directions

  1. In a small heavy saucepan, combine chocolate and 2/3 cup cream; cook and stir over medium-low heat until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl; cool to room temperature.
  2. In a small bowl, beat remaining cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until soft peaks form. Fold 1/4 cup whipped cream into chocolate mixture, then fold in remaining whipped cream.
  3. Spoon into dessert dishes. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours. If desired, garnish with berries.
White Chocolate Mousse Tips

How can you make sure the white chocolate melts smoothly?

My favorite technique for making ganache is a secret I learned as a professional pastry chef. It involves melting the chocolate down a bit differently than this recipe instructs, but saves you hands-on time. Heat the cream separately over medium heat until it begins to bubble around the rim (so it's hot, but not boiling). Meanwhile, chop the chocolate into medium-sized pieces. Place the chocolate in a bowl, then pour the very hot cream into it and whisk until smooth and blended. Voila! Find more tips on how to make ganache if you're looking to perfect your skills.

Can you use store-bought whipped cream instead of making homemade whipped cream?

No. While I love to keep a can of store-bought whipped cream on hand for a quick chocolate mug cake and to top my hot Irish coffee, the real-deal, homemade whipped cream is more predictable in its performance when you're making most recipes. Plus, it's more affordable to boot.

How can you serve white chocolate mousse?

Fresh berries, chocolate shavings, a dusting of cocoa or a single Pirouette cookie are all easy, classic garnishes. If you're feeling creative, don't be afraid to layer the white chocolate mousse (or a different kind of mousse recipe, whether it's butterscotch, maple or pumpkin) in a parfait with cubes of cake or brownies.

Christine Rukavena, Taste of Home Senior Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 422 calories, 34g fat (23g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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