Sunday, April 24, 2011

Magic Chocolate Mousse Tart

This is one of the most decadent desserts I have ever had the pleasure of consuming! It is also unbelievably simple to prepare - which brings us to the magic part! The magic ingredient is (drum roll)....water! Water? Yes, water! This rich, decadent, creamy, truffle-like mousse is a simple combination of chocolate and water. This video provides the best explanation of how it works, but trust me that it works - we've made this tart three times now, and it was perfecto every time!

***In this recipe it is especially important to use a very good quality dark chocolate - the flavor of the mousse is completely dependent on the flavor of the chocolate, so make sure you like the taste of your chocolate before proceeding with the recipe! We use Trader Joe's 73% Cacao Belgian Dark Chocolate, it is divine!

Note: You can actually serve the mousse as is, but we like it in a slightly salty almond crust - it provides the perfect balance to the bittersweet chocolate. You can also flavor the mousse in a countless number of ways by adding a bit of extract or liqueur - orange, mint, raspberry, coffee, etc.

Magic Chocolate Mousse Tart:

Salty Almond Crust
1 1/2 Cups Finely Ground Almonds (AKA Almond Meal or Almond Flour)
3/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon (optional)
1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract (optional)
2 Tablespoons of Honey or Agave Nectar
3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all of the crust ingredients. Press the crust evenly into the bottom and sides of an 8 or 9 inch tart pan. Bake 10-15 minutes, until lightly golden brown, set aside to cool.

Magic Chocolate Mousse:
A large bowl, filled half way full of ice
1/2 Pound Finely Chopped Dark Chocolates
1 Cup Boiling Water
1/4 Cup Honey or Agave Nectar (optional - add more or less depending on the sweetness of your chocolate and your taste preferences)
1 teaspoon of Cinnamon (optional - we just love cinnamon!)
1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds, toasted (optional - for sprinkling on top of the tart)

1) Have your bowl of ice ready.

2) Place the chocolate, honey, and cinnamon and a glass or metal bowl that will easily fit within the the large bowl of ice. But don't put it in the ice yet - first melt the chocolate!

3) To melt the chocolate, pour the boiling water over the chocolate, honey, and cinnamon. Use a whisk to stir the mixture until it is completely melted - the finer the chocolate is chopped the easier and quicker this will be. *If your chocolate doesn't melt all the way, you can melt it in a pot, over a double boiler, or in the microwave, and then return it to the metal or glass bowl.

4) Once the chocolate is melted, nestle the bowl of chocolate in the bowl of ice and immediately start whipping it with your whisk - whisk vigorously like you would to make whipped cream or meringue. Your arm may get tired, switch hands if you need to or have a side kick take over (my preferred approach), but don't stop whipping until the mixture has lightened a bit in color and it has become slightly thicker than whipped cream - it should hold stiff peaks.

5) Immediately spread the chocolate mixture in the cooled tart shell, then sprinkle with toasted almonds (if using). ***If your chocolate becomes too thick and won't easily spread in the crust don't panic (this has happened to me) just do your best to press it into the tart evenly and then dip a spoon into hot water and use it to smooth out the top.

Another great part of this mousse is it is ready instantly - no refrigeration needed, so dig right in and prepare to swoon!

Best of all, you don't need to feel guilty about eating it: anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate, omega-3 filled almonds and no refined sweeteners or animal fat make for a pretty great nutritional profile!

P.S. You also can't go wrong adding fresh raspberries to the top!

As usual, I've included this post as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays , Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I Whipped Up, My Meatless Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays , Tuesdays at the Table, Real Food Wednesdays, Whatcha Makin' Wednesdays, Full Plate Thursday, Friday Foodie, Friday Favorites, Foodie Friday, Funky Fresh Friday, Sweet Tooth Friday, Sweets for a Saturday, Nifty Thrifty Sunday, and A Themed Baker's Sunday - This week's theme is Chocolate! Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!


  1. I love this! What a great balance of indulgence and health.

  2. Thanks Lauren - It really is a healthy indulgence, please let us know if you try out the recipe!

  3. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. This tart looks sensational!! Thanks so much for sharing your tasty talents with all of us in blog land.

  4. Awesome, my dad is going to be asking me to make this for him all the time after he trys it! This fits in perfect with our healthy diets we try to achieve daily. What a great treat!! Thanks for sharing. I'm also your newest follower.

  5. Brandy J. - Thank you so much for brightening our day with your sweet comments!

    Oxford Impressions - What a sweet daughter you are :) Please let us know how you like the recipe when you give it a try!

  6. I was just about to invite you over to my blog to link up but I see you have already. I don't think this lovely tart went threw, though. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  7. Thanks Cheryl - it's there now, I was planning on linking up tomorrow, I didn't know you were so ahead of the game with the Watcha makin Wed. :)

  8. Oh my.. This looks SO delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!
    I would love it if you joined my linky party @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!

  9. This looks so incredibly tasty. I love how simple it is as well! :)

  10. Would an electric hand-beater be a good choice for those of us who lack arm strength and have no side kicks? :)

  11. Thank you Vanessa - and we would love to link up on Saturday! See you then :)

    Without adornment - thank you, the simpler the better in my book ;) When a recipe looks good, but is overly complicated a usually don't make it!

    Anonymous - I never even thought of it (I guess I'm just used to being low tech and depending on manual labor from my sweet side kick), but it seems to me that a hand beater would work perfectly. Be sure to let us know how it turns out if you give it a try!

  12. A luscious healthy dessert, what more can one ask for ... I'm quite eager to try this one out!

  13. This looks so good! I saw you on the Just Something I Whipped Up linky party hosted by The Girl Creative.

    I would like to feature this on my blog. Will send you the link. I am having my Funky Fresh Friday linky party starting tomorrow and I would love for you to join us!

  14. Decadent is right!! I love the added crust - salty and sweet is super!! This is such a great recipe - I love the use of honey and/or agave instead of sugar. My husband will LOVE this!!

    Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

  15. Thanks Trisha - please let us know how it turns out if/when you make it!

    April - Thanks! We would love to participate!

    LBR - I (Ashlie) have become pretty obsessed with the sweet/salty combo. At night, my favorite snack is sliced banana topped with a little bit of natural peanut butter and flaky sea salt - it is soooo good! I hope your hubby loves the tart - please let us know the verdict! See you next week :)

  16. Your Chocolate Mousse Tart looks so divine! I've bookmarked the recipe. Hope to try it soon!
    Following you now from Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend!

    Tina@Pinay In Texas Cooking Corner

  17. This sounds just heavenly. Especially the crust, that's my favorite part of a pie.

    I'd love to have you share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there.

  18. Thanks Tina - We hope you enjoy it was much as we did!

    Allison - The nutty salty crust is great - I use it a lot with fruit tarts too! And we'd love to link up, thanks for the invite :)

  19. That looks amazingly fudgy and rich. I hope you'll come by and link it up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  20. Thanks Lisa - it certainly is fudgy and rich. So, even a little piece is pretty darn satsifying, but I've never shyed away from taking a "healthy" wedge :). And, we'd love to link up - thanks for inviting us!

  21. What a lovely tart. It is just what I need for dessert to take to my friend. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  22. yummy! wow this looks so good. its making my mouth water. I will definitely have to try it sometime.

    I'm a follower

  23. This looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

  24. Miz Helen - Thank you my dear, see you Thursday :)

    Kathryn - We are so happy to have you as a follower, please let us know what you think if you try out the recipe!

    Jessica - Thank you for stopping by and for putting a big smile on my face with your sweet comment - the perfect way to begin my Monday :)

  25. Hello! I have a linky party going on at my blog called A Themed Baker's Sunday and this weeks theme is Chocolate! I'd love for you to join!

  26. Alyssa - Thank you so much for the invitation, we would love to join in on the chocolate fun :)

  27. Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    I hope to see you again this tonight! :)
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  28. Update: I made this tart again to celebrate graduating with my Ph.D. Woohoo. This time I topped it with raspberries. OMG - chocolate + raspberry (+ plenty of champagne) = heaven on earth!!!

  29. This looks incredible. I can imagine it would be good with a few drops of coffee extract added, for a mocha variation. Can't wait to try this!

  30. Thanks Nicole - that does sound great. I was also thinking of using espresso or strong coffee in place of the water, but I haven't tried it yet. Please let us know what you think if you try the mocha variation!