Nancy Pelosi’s Chocolate Mousse

This story also appears in One for the Table and the Huffington Post.

Everytime I see “the chair” I am instantly drawn to it. 

Regardless of how intently I am listening to what United States Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is saying…once I see the enormous chair she sits in while conducting House business, my mind turns into a cavernous cavern, focusing only on “the chair”.

Personally, there is something so appealing about having a chair 2-3 times larger than my body.  What does that say about me? 

Maybe I’m power tripping at the moment but when I see “the chair” I am able to successfully block out all the depressing political chatter relating to budget, the decrepit economy and rising unemployment.  I have no problem just pining away for the chair.  Shallow but true.

So what does “the chair” have to do with this dessert?  Nothing, other than this is Nancy Pelosi’s Chocolate Mousse.  If I can’t have her chair, I’ll take the mousse.  It makes me feel closer to the chair for whatever reason.

This mousse also intrigued me because Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dick Durbin entered this recipe into a March of Dimes dessert contest and won.  I’m a sucker for trying contest winning recipes.  I had no choice.  I had to make it. 

What I like is the simplicity and elegance this dessert offers during a time when back to basics cooking has become very “en vogue”.  Chocolate mousse is one of those great recipes that hits the spot after a large meal.  It’s light but very satisfying.

This recipe is great, I love it.  And remember to serve it in cute little dishes…presentation is EVERYTHING!

Let’s make it…

Here’s what you will need:  Dark chocolate, unsalted butter, egg whites (pasteurized or fresh), granulated sugar and heavy cream.

Place 12 ounces of good quality dark chocolate in a medium metal bowl.  Set bowl over saucepan of simmering water; stir until melted and smooth.  Stir in 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter until melted.  Set aside.

In another large bowl, with the mixer on high speed, beat 8 large egg whites and 4 Tablespoons sugar until soft peaks form.

Gently fold whites into chocolate mixture.

Next, fold whipped cream into whites-chocolate mixture until fully incorporated.

Spoon into 8 dessert cups.  Refrigerate at least two hours before serving.

Sprinkle with coarse sugar to give texture to the smooth mousse.

If you feel the mousse is still too plain, add vibrancy to the serving platter with pieces of brightly colored glass.

Trust me on this one, it was GOOD.

Nancy Pelosi’s Chocolate Mousse

12 oz. good-quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut up
8 large egg whites (preferably pasteurized)
4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped
Coarse sugar, optional

Place chocolate in a medium metal bowl.  Set bowl over saucepan of simmering water; stir until melted and smooth.  Stir in butter until melted.  Set aside.

In another large bowl, with the mixer on high speed, beat egg whites and sugar until soft peaks form.

Gently fold whites into chocolate mixture.  Next, fold whipped cream into whites-chocolate mixture until fully incorporated.  Spoon into 8 dessert cups.  Refrigerate at least two hours before serving.

Sprinkle with coarse sugar to give texture to the smooth mousse.

I’m going to eat my mousse while I dream about the chair.

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  1. Hilary 1

    Hi Cathy .. lovely chair & I see what you mean .. chocolate mousse is such a wonderful simple dessert to offer after a meal & most of us love chocolate .. & the other advantage is we don’t need too much & can sample & stretch the enjoyment ..

    Thanks for reminding us ..
    Hilary: Be Positive Be Happy

  2. The mousse looks pretty rich and the chair looks pretty big….probably would need a lot of dusting too. But it would be fun to lounge about in the chair while eating the chocolate mousse. And you know, the chair would probably look great in the tasting room of your winery…

  3. Laura 3

    It’s 6 in the morning and I would like to eat that for breakfast… I don’t care where I sit if I can eat that.

  4. Kate 4

    Looks divine. Well, both the recipe AND the chair. I need that chair at our school.
    And I remember that kidney stone post from last year!!

  5. MMMM, chocolate mousse would go so well with my coffee about now. And that chair, well, I am not telling you what enters my mind when I see that chair.

  6. Yes…that chair is the best chair ever! And that chocolate mousse…I am thinking this might be needed in vast quantities today.

    Thank you Madame Chairperson, from the great state of California, Cathy of Noble Pig!!! You totally rock.

  7. Philly 7

    This looks great ! Your presentation always looks lovely. I want to be you BF so I can come over and you can feed me.


  8. Nah, she can keep the chair. But I’ll take the mousse!!!

  9. Barbie with a T 9

    Well, I cannot comment much on the chocolate mousse because I am allergic to chocolate, but I wanted to make one other comment. I wish you were sitting in that chair instead of Nancy Pelosi.

  10. Cheryl 10

    Think there is definitely a bit of a throne fetish revealed here…which I similarly possess! 😉

    Who wouldn’t feel a bit “queeny” with that mousse? 😉 Mmmm.

  11. I think you’re too nice to ever officially sit in that chair! However, I like the mousse recipe (just from reading and seeing your fab photos), a lot. Chocolate mousse has always been one of my absolute favorites. In college, my roommates and I used to go to a French restaurant in town several times a week just to eat the mousse. Mousse, ambiance, a good-looking waiter … it was all wonderful. If I make this, I wonder if I can get my husband to dress up in a tux and serve it to me. LOL


  12. Cool, egg-whites only! What a great recipe for chocolate mousse!

  13. Katrina 13

    Sure looks good. I haven’t had “real” mousse much in my life, so I’m sure I don’t appreciate its deliciousness. I need to try this!

  14. I love chocolate mousse, and this looks incredeblely easy-or at least you made it look that way. I love the sprinkles of the coarse sugar on top. Yummy in the the tummy. I’m with Donna-I wish I had some to go with my mug o joe sitting here.

  15. HoneyB 15

    Looks delish and that IS a cool chair!

  16. If I eat that, I’ll need that chair.

  17. MMmmmmmmmm. Chocolate mousse has ALWAYS been one of my favorite treats! Thanks for the new recipe to try.

  18. Biz 18

    Um, you had me at Godiva!

    Have a great weekend!

  19. Kiki 19

    MMMMmmmm I’m so hungry I could eat a mousse!
    May I please have a little chambord with my whipped cream?

  20. kayola 20

    That chair IS gorgeous isn’t it? What would it be like? The mousse sounds and looks very yummy…hhmmmmm godiva chocolate……

  21. Pam 21

    She looks so small in that huge chair. I am loving this recipe. My husband is a huge fan of mousse and I’ve never made it for him. It’s time.

  22. I like oversized chairs as well, but I prefer big, over stuffed chairs that look like you could sink into them and sleep for 12 hours straight.

    That mousse looks unreal…maybe that would be good to in while sinking into a big oversized chair!

  23. dawn 23

    The mousse does sound good, but the photography is amazing.

  24. Sheila 24

    Okay, you don’t have to tell me anything other than it has chocolate {which its name already states}; I am sold.

    But, I really need to get some presentation lessons from you. Those glass beads are gorgeous and I would never think of adding something like that to the serving platter. Beautiful!

  25. Louise 25

    You always select THE BEST chocolate when cooking!

  26. Liz C. 26

    Every time I sit in a big, over-sized chair I feel Lily Tomlyn’s character Edith Ann.

    I adore Chocolate Mousse although I can’t stand Nancy Pelosi. So I won’t tell Mr. Snooty it’s her recipe when I make it.

    I love to collect old champagne glasses for serving desserts in. I usually add a little plate underneath and add a delicate little cookie. Yum!

  27. If I call this Noble Pig’s Chocolate Mousse we’re in business. If not . . .

    12 ounces of expensive chocolate? Whoa!

    Sounds delicious, but please change a step and call it NP’s Mousse.

  28. imom 28

    It’s usually very easy for me to say no to dairy, unless it’s cheesecake or chocolate mousse. That looks really yummy and easy to make!

  29. dawn 29

    now that’s a chair! that would last a few hundred years!
    have you seen the price of those aeron chairs? holy moly

  30. The mousse looks great, the glass beads look funky and the chair just looks plain big!

  31. Alisa 31

    Yum. I too, love that chair. Although, it would completely dwarf me and I’d look like a little kid. My feet would come nowhere near reaching the ground!
    I still love you even if you’re on a mission to fatten me up. There must be some Italian grandmother in you somewhere?

  32. Helene 32

    What a beautiful chair. I’d love to get one. Mousse is one of these dessert that you eat with a really small spoon and savor every bite.

  33. Elyse 33

    I love the chair, too! Perhaps it would be nice to eat this mousse while in the chair. I must admit to being quite impressed with Ms. Pelosi’s culinary skills. This mousse looks quite amazing!!

  34. tipper 34

    I’d like to see you sitting in that chair-I dare say you could do a better job in it! The dessert looks YUM as always!

  35. Can I have the mousse and eat it in the chair?

  36. sharon 36

    oh, heavenly!

  37. I’m gonna make this mousse . . . then serve it to my dad . . . THEN tell him it’s Nancy Pelosi’s recipe! Heh heh

  38. Scott 38

    Yes, that is a beautiful chair, but Cathy, we are eaters! The dark chocolate mousse wins this contest every single day!

  39. Suzette 39

    I’m glad I’m not the only one fascinated with that chair! I can’t concentrate on the business at hand, without wondering how comfortable it is. Or isn’t. I also think of Goldilocks and the 3 bears. I think this is Papa Bear’s chair!

  40. Melynda 40

    I must say, love your presentation of food; it is spectacular. As for chairs, I think it would be interesting to have a sitting room with only chairs. None would match, each would be different styles and sizes. Everyone could find a comfortable spot and the room would be like no other.

  41. wkf 41

    The Mousse looks devine, The Chair is lovely, that woman makes me twitch and yell at the TV….. Please don’t make a Clyburn Stew or “W” Barbque….

    I can’t take it anymore!!!!!!!!!

  42. Bob 42

    That looks mad good. I’ve been dying to make mousse lately, my mom has the best recipe ever. I guess I’ll just have to make a batch of this and a batch of my moms and do a taste test. It’s the scientific thing to do, future generations would thank me for being so altruistic. 😉

  43. Paula 43

    I, too, am facinated by the large chair. I call it the Edith Ann Syndrome, from the old Laugh In show where Lily Tomlin sat in the giant rocking chair! Love the mousse … those pictures are divine! I want to scoop up that sprinkled sugar, and then dig into the chocolately goodness! YUM! (PS: Thanks for the heads up about the allowed comments on my blog. All is well, now!)

  44. Laura 44

    Maybe you need more back support? 😉

    This looks fabulous–I love mousse in all guises (cake, bowl, dark, milk, you name it). I’ve never made an egg one. I need to rectify that.

  45. Mary 45

    Re the chair: I think you harbor a secret desire to rule more than a kitchen. Just a thought. The mousse, by the way, looks luscious.

  46. Love the mousse! I really have to try making some.

  47. grace 47

    yeah, that’s a pretty awesome chair. regal, even. i’ll take the mousse though, and hope that i don’t eat so much that i would no longer fit in said chair. :)

  48. I almost passed out when I saw the Godiva……. Gonna try THIS one :)

  49. That mousse looks FANTASTIC!!! YUM!

  50. gail 50

    I wish you were in that chair instead of her. At least she can cook!

  51. This mousse is absolutely perfect, thick, creamy and very chocolaty. YUM-O

  52. If someone could put that chair on a large enough chain I bet dollars to donuts you could be hypnotized. Just saying.

    Very tempting dessert.

  53. lynne 53

    egg whites in a box??? Who knew?
    Actually, probably most of Northern America, but for me, its all new! And very, very strange.
    And what about the fact that you have no excuse to make lemon curd or lemon merangue with all the left over yolks? Now that’s deprivation!

  54. Lori 54

    That Godiva is calling my name!!

  55. phillygirl64 55

    I sat in that chair once…when it was Tip O’Neill’s

    and since this is Speaker Pelosi’s recipe, shouldn’t you be using Ghiradelli or Scharffen Berger 😉

  56. Mrs. L 56

    A much better chair than the techno Aeron chair I had to buy for work and home :( Of course with a chair like that you’d need a matching desk!
    Love the mouse recipe and like you, I love to try all these winning/contest recipes!

  57. Who knew Nancy Pelosi had a hidden talent for desserts? I think she’s a force, and I’m so glad she’s in that chair now.

  58. That is a big chair! I hate when my feet don’t touch the floor though…I would have it all the way down and then it would just look fat and squat, um, kinda like me! The mousse looks fab though!

  59. This is my all time favorite dessert one that I admit that I have not tried to make at home. That is until now… I am ready to step outside the box and try this one!!

  60. I must try this mousse recipe. I love the vibrancy of the glass pieces on the serving tray though I think the mousse is fancy enough as it is.


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