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Olive Oil Dark Chocolate Mousse

Olive Oil Dark Chocolate Mousse

We’ve long known that olive oil and chocolate have a natural affinity for each other. This ethereal chocolate mousse proves it. The orange zest is optional and can be replaced by a few drops of Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur.


  • 10 ounces high-quality 72% cacao bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, or chocolate chips
  • 8 large pasteurized eggs, separated, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules dissolved
  • in 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • Grated zest of 1 small orange (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


Step 1

Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in a microwave, stirring after each 10-second increment, until smooth, about 1 1/2 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Step 2

Place the egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium bowl and whisk until pale yellow. Whisk in the olive oil, coffee, zest, if using, and salt until combined. Add the melted chocolate and whisk until smooth.

Step 3

Beat the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually sprinkle in the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat just until stiff peaks form. Add a generous spoonful of the egg white mixture to the chocolate mixture. Stir firmly until completely incorporated. Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl of egg whites. Gently fold with a large spoon or rubber spatula until completely combined.

Step 4

Divide the mousse into six 6-ounce ramekins or wine glasses and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

Serves 6 — Recipe adapted from Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller, March 2014