Chocolate Strawberry Mousse

Servings: 9 servings


  • For the chocolate base layer:
  • 7 ounces (about 1 1/4 cups) Ghirardelli Bittersweet 60% Cacao Baking Chips
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the strawberry mousse layer:
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 packet (.25 ounces) powdered gelatin
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 ounces (approx. 5 or 6 large berries) fresh strawberries, hulled and finely chopped or pureed
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Drop of pink food coloring (optional)
  • For the garnishes:
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ounces Ghirardelli White Chocolate Baking Bar, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped softly with 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 9 Ghirardelli Strawberry Bark SQUARES


  • TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE BASE LAYER: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, mist a 9x9-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray, and line it with parchment.
  • Place the Ghirardelli Bittersweet 60% Cacao Baking Chips in a small bowl, and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring, until melted and smooth.
  • Place the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl, and whip until pale and doubled in volume.
  • Fold the chocolate mixture into the yolks, along with the almond meal, flour, extracts, and salt.
  • Place the egg whites in a medium bowl and whip until they can hold stiff peaks.
  • Fold the whipped whites into the chocolate mixture, a little at a time.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  • Cool completely, then top with strawberry mousse.
  • TO MAKE THE STRAWBERRY MOUSSE: Place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on top.
  • Heat the milk in a small pot over low heat.
  • Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a medium bowl, until pale and doubled in volume.
  • When the milk is steaming, pour it into the yolk mixture in a slow, thin stream, while whisking.
  • When all the milk has been added, transfer the mixture back to the pot and cook over low heat, whisking, until slightly thickened (about 5 minutes).
  • Stir in the gelatin mixture, the fresh strawberries, strawberry preserves, lemon juice, and salt.
  • Cool the mixture to room temperature.
  • Whip the cream until it holds stiff peaks, then fold into the strawberry mixture. Tint with food coloring, if using.
  • Pour the mousse over the chocolate base, and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.
  • TO GARNISH: Place the cream, white chocolate, and corn syrup in a heat-safe measuring cup, and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring, until melted and smooth.
  • Pour the glaze over the mousse.
  • Allow the glaze to set, then cut into bars.
  • Top each bar with whipped cream and a Ghirardelli Strawberry Bark SQUARE
  • Note: Ghirardelli Strawberry Bark SQUARES can be replaced with some of your other favorite Ghirardelli SQUARES

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