01 September 2021

Walt Disney World 50 for 50: Bon appétit

France’s Boulangerie Patisserie was a staple of any visit to Epcot for me for many years. In 2013 when it was closed in its original location to make room for L’Artisan des Glaces, it opened in its new home under the name Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie. While many of the changes to the menus were great, and it getting the crowds it deserved was even better, there were dishes that I missed, looking at you Raspberry Schuss, as well as the hole in the wall vibe the original presented.
Many of the dishes stuck through the transition, including some of the sweetest and richest treats ever to grace a Walt Disney World menu. Today, we’re making one of the staples, Boulangerie Patisserie’s Chocolate Mousse.


5 Ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate (melted)
3 Egg Whites
2 Egg Yolks (lightly beaten)
1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract


Melt chocolate in a double boiler over warm water, then remove chocolate from heat.
Combine egg yolks and cream.
Slowly add chocolate while stirring briskly.
Add vanilla.
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites together with sugar until stiff peaks form.
Lightly fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.
Spoon mousse into a mold or individual serving containers (approximately 3 cup).
Chill mousse for 2 hours or until firm.
This is not the easiest preparation, but it also isn’t as hard as it may look at first. If you have any inclination towards baking, I promise this won’t be that difficult. I would also recommend that you select a higher quality semi-sweet chocolate to work with, as the quality will repay you tenfold in the final product.
What you’ll come away with is some of the richest chocolate mousse that you’ve ever tasted. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was so rich that you have to through in the towel on your serving and save some for a second pass later. The vanilla is only a hint in the background, while the semi-sweet chocolate adds a touch of bitterness to each bite, for this predominantly sweet treat that is almost exclusively a vehicle for chocolate and chocolate lovers.

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