ffwD: Top Secret Chocolate Mousse

I really wanted to stay true to Dorie’s top secret chocolate mousse recipe this week. But after falling one ounce short of the required 3.5 ounces of bittersweet chocolate from my already open bag, I didn’t have the heart to open an entirely new bag of bittersweet chocolate chips just for the ounce. So, I improvised and added one ounce of butterscotch chips from an already open bag!

This was a simple and delicious dessert, but I was a bit surprised that it was not as “show-stopping” as Dorie’s other desserts. I’m glad the dollop of whipped cream was there to jazz up the presentation, and I added a few butterscotch chips as well. The mousse itself had a smooth, silky texture, which I enjoyed. I wanted to make this for my nieces who are visiting this week, but I was worried about the raw eggs in the recipe. So, they’ll have to wait a bit longer to try this recipe.

This top secret chocolate mousse was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

76 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 05:50:50

    Nice mousse! This is similar to the first one I was taught, which made in the true french way, had no cream.

  2. hotlyspiced
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 06:04:53

    I love chocolate mousse and yours looks great even with the added ingredient! xx

  3. Karen
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 06:13:34

    It certainly does look like a lovely dessert.

  4. Three-Cookies
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 06:19:26

    Whats top secret about this recipe? Butterscotch choc mousse sounds interesting

  5. TrafficDiva
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 06:26:31

    What’s top secret about this?!?!?.. That I’d bathe in it…looks SO GOOD!!!! =)

  6. Cher
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 06:39:07

    Hmmmm. I am wondering if I am the only one who didn’t figure out the secret…
    Looks perfectly smooth.

  7. apuginthekitchen
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 07:11:11

    Looks really good, chocolate mousse is one of those desserts thats not showy but it’s so satisfying and it’s so chocolatey at least when I take a bite I am in heaven. The whipped cream is perfect with it and I really like the butterscotch chips nice touchl

  8. Sara
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 07:35:05

    Wow, that is a beautiful mousse! The contrast between the mousse and the whipped cream is quite striking. It looks way more appetizing than mine did! Nice!

  9. Maggie
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 08:04:20

    I love the butterscotch add-in. I think butterscotch is a truly under-utilized flavor. I think I’m just too dumb to be worried about raw eggs because it didn’t even cross my mind to worry about it until I read everyone’s concerns – remind me of this if I ever have kids please 🙂

  10. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 08:12:32

    I bet it was yummy with your additions. I always think mousse is all about the quality of chocolate, I’m sure yours was lovely! We’re just so used to desserts with so many other ingredients, etc, but the simplicity of this one sounds heavenly!

  11. Mary
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 09:25:18

    How delicious!!! I know what you mean about the raw eggs – but I try not to worry too much using very fresh organic eggs – this is such a gorgeous picture :))
    Mary x

  12. Food,Photography & France
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 09:29:44

    Very sexy looking mousse:)

  13. Baking is my Zen
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 09:55:22

    Very nice addition of the butterscotch chips…I had mousse once and loved. However, when I saw it used raw eggs, I hesitated to make it. I guess using pasteurized eggs is the way to go…

    Enjoy that mousse without me…sob sob…


  14. InCucinaDaME
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 11:12:06

    So yummy

  15. Skylor @sprouthealthlifestyle
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 12:23:06

    It sounds like this chocolate shortage worked out for everyone’s benefit – with a butterscotch addition, what can go wrong? Nothing.

  16. Choc Chip Uru
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 13:32:10

    Delicious looking mousse my friend 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  17. Geraldine Saucier
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 15:15:54

    Your mousse looks delicious. I like the use of butterscotch with the chocolate. It is a great combination.

  18. Alice
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 15:31:03

    you did a great job with the chips! did you know that chips were formulated and have an additive so they dont loose their shape while baking or cooking? its not the recommended chocolate for tempering – but it looks like you did well with it anyways! I was wondering if chips would cause too much of an issue in the end, or if the texture changes if you use chips over bricks of chocolate.

  19. Jenn and Seth
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 15:57:17

    such a great idea to add the butterscotch chips! looks heavenly!

  20. Cakelaw
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 16:46:21

    Hey, at least you got mousse – mine was a mess. Congrats on actually making this – there were quite a few people like me who did not get far with this.

  21. Jessica
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 17:19:20

    This is looks yummy!

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  22. Mary Hirsch
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 18:04:31

    Did you taste the butterscotch in the mousse? I think that would be an interesting and quite tasty addition to the chocolate. Good call on not opening another bag of chips. For me, that would only mean trouble. Your mousse looks lovely.

  23. Norma Chang
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 18:43:05

    I too worry about raw and avoid recipes calling for them. You mousse looks smooth and yummy, great job with the substitute and presentation.

  24. Ronda
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 19:00:52

    That is the way to use of the opened bags! Looks good!

  25. saffronandhoney
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 19:25:00

    Looks gorgeous and silky smooth!

  26. Elaine
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 20:47:46

    I bet the butterscotch chips added a really nice flavor. i was also surprised at how quick and easy this was to put together.

  27. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 21:04:58

    After 2+ years, I think we can tweak to our heart’s content! Your mousse looks wonderful!

  28. Tandy
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 00:37:17

    I love your adaptation 🙂

  29. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 01:48:08

    I’m excited to hear about this delicious chocolate mousse. Looks wonderful!

  30. kitchen flavours
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 07:08:50

    Looks so yummy and smooth!

  31. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 08:34:45

    I love it when people improvise and come up with something good. Looks very pretty.

  32. oneexpatslife
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 09:27:32

    A little butterscotch never hurt anything. Actually sounds like a tasty combo.

  33. Maria
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 10:10:43

    Well, I really admire your resolve not to open a new bag of chocolate! Most of the time I make up excuses to open a new one! Now you have given me an excuse to open a butterscotch drops bag also 🙂

  34. The Squishy Monster
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 13:24:25

    I’m curious to try it to see why it fell a bit short bc I’m in love with the glossy tops of yours =)

  35. dulceshome
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 14:21:08

    Your mousse looks wonderful! What a great presentation. I bet the butterscotch was a nice addition (kind of like an easy salted-caramel flavor). I didn’t just love this one either, and despite my sticking with the recipe, it didn’t turn out as expected. Oh well! But it did make me want to make the Mexican Chocolate Mousse that I might normally make!

  36. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 15:43:59

    Great photo. Looks wonderful.

  37. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 16:40:15

    I love chocolate mousse! This looks really delicious =)

  38. Lola
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 19:34:32

    Butterscotch chips sound interesting! Lovely pic.

  39. Jasline
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 06:12:41

    The mousse looks absolutely amazing, love how you improvised the recipe on the spot, I’m sure it’s yummy!

  40. Inger Wilkerson
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 06:16:04

    I just learned that eggs pasteurized right in the shell are available. Haven’t tried them, but like you I am hesitant to serve raw eggs to guests (from homemade eggnog in my case).

  41. Parsley Sage
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 07:25:02

    Oh my! Any recipe that includes sneaky butterscotch is a win in my book. I’ve never tried mousse on my own at home, too nervous! Well done!

  42. cquek
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 08:21:35

    I’ll be bookmarking this one.

  43. Amanda CHic
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 08:34:57

    Nice!! it’s the perfect dessert for christma’s day 🙂


    A chic kiss 😉

  44. Ameena
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 10:21:08

    I think that butterscotch was probably a fantastic addition…I too don’t like opening new packages of things, just to have them sitting around unused!

    Looks delicious.

  45. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 11:49:25

    Every time I see a FFWD post it reminds me that I need to get a copy of her book. Your mousse looks so good and love the butterscotch too:)

  46. rebecca
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 11:56:55

    looks wonderful love the butterscotch you added

  47. Audrey Allure
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 14:05:34

    Mmm it looks perfect!

  48. nana
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 15:59:34

    Looks delicious. i like the addition of the butterscotch too, and for such a small
    amount needed, it makes sense not to use up an open bag of ingredients.
    Great job.

  49. peachkins
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 16:49:58

    This looks like something I’ll be eating a lot of in front of the tv!!!

  50. bakeawaywithme.com
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 17:25:19

    Butterscotch chocolate mousse…sounds wonderful!!

  51. Beth
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 18:08:09

    Im sorry that the dessert didn’t live up to your expectations. It does look beautiful, and easy.

  52. betsy
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 19:18:13

    Butterscotch sounds like an interesting twist.

  53. eatinglikeahorse
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 03:03:58

    The addition of butterscotch sounds inspired to me and it definitely looks a show-stopper!

  54. My Kitchen Stories
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 04:51:32

    Wow it looks fluffy and gorgeous and a great idea to add caramel!

  55. Recipe Junkie
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 05:00:57

    mmmm I have been thinking about chocolate mousse a lot recently. This looks delicious 🙂

  56. kitchen therapy
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 05:11:32

    Your mousse looks perfect!
    The butterscotch sounds like a nice addition!

  57. ohfishiee
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 05:58:37

    yummy mousse cake! 🙂 im thinking of more flavours now

    Latest: J for Japanese

  58. cecilia
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 12:30:15

    I made one of these the other day and it was divine, so simple, only eggs, chocolate, brandy and coffee.. i would only use my own raw eggs though.. wish i could send you some.. c!

  59. Sara
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 13:23:37

    Looks yummy! I like the butterscotch chips, yum! 🙂

  60. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 14:24:31

    so glad you let us in on the secret! The mousse looks amazing and i love butterscotch

  61. Juliana
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 18:57:42

    Beautiful chocolate mousse…love the colors!
    Have a great week 🙂

  62. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 19:44:50

    I wish this was my dessert tonight!

  63. Bam's Kitchen
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 20:41:58

    Light and airy mousse with rich chocolate is my favorite… so how exactly was there missing Chocolate chips from the bag? I am sure it was part of the quality assurance program at your home, just need to make sure they have not gone bad… Take care, BAM

  64. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Nov 12, 2012 @ 21:31:08

    I love adding butterscotch chips to chocolate desserts…looks like I’m not alone.

  65. Jessica
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 01:20:08

    wow this looks so incredible!


  66. Francesca
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 06:11:28

    Simply delicious… the butterscotch chips are a master’s touch!!!

  67. Katerina
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 10:18:45

    Mmm, I never say no to a bowl of chocolate mousse! Looks perfect!

  68. ashley@bakerbynature
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 12:35:09

    This looks sinfully good!

  69. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 18:47:57

    I bet it was still decadently delicious with the butterscotch chips! It looks rich and creamy.

  70. tracy
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 19:41:34

    I love chocolate mousse. Yours looks delicious.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  71. Sammie
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 20:37:19

    What a clever idea! Mixing butterscotch chips and chocolate sounds amazing! This mousse must be crazy good! And yeah, I do worry about the raw eggs too when I’m making for others. Doesn’t matter too much when it’s for myself though. haha.. 🙂

  72. Ryan
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 21:33:42

    Your mousse looks perfect and great idea to improvise with the butterscotch chips- yum! Great flavor combo!

  73. helene dsouza
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 04:05:49

    yumm, love choco mousse. As others have mentioned above already, it is all about the chocolate type and technique. I have never had choco mousse that way though. In fact I have never tried using choco chips in my cooking, that’s not very common from where I come from. You did a great job and even made me feel like making some right away.

  74. smartfoodandfit
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 05:37:13

    I’d do the same, I hate opening up a new bag for a small amount. I bet it tasted wonderful!

  75. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 12:56:48

    Rich and decadent! Want this , please.

  76. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 03:44:09

    Wow! Rich and decadent! Just how I like my mousse!

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