Hemelse Modder – Dutch Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate mousse is a delicious dessert that is light in texture and has a full rich chocolate flavor and if one knows how to prepare it, it will surely be an absolute hit at any dinner party. This recipe is fairly simple and sure to find its way to a chocolate lover’s heart. The secret to a good mousse is to use very good chocolate. Hemelse modder (meaning heavenly mud) is a Dutch dessert with an intriguing name that truly fits this heavenly chocolate mousse just fine.

Hemelse modder


  • 6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 level tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

Here’s how to make Hemelse modder – Heavenly mud

First prep the eggs by separating the egg yolks from the egg whites. Chopping the chocolate not less you have chips. Measuring out all your ingredients and set aside, this will help make the cooking process flow smoothly. If you don’t have a double boiler, substitute for a metal bowl or thick glass bowl (heat-resistant) by placing it over a saucepan of simmering water (not boiling).

In a double boiler over medium heat, melt the chocolate and butter, whisk constantly to keep the heat from scorching the chocolate. Just before the chocolate is completely melted, add 1 teaspoon of sugar and stir well. Whisk egg yolks in one at a time. Make sure each yolk is well incorporated before adding the next. Remove from heat. Place the chocolate in a bowl and store it away in the fridge.

In a large bowl beat egg whites with the other teaspoon of sugar, beat egg mixture to stiff peaks but not dry. Whisk cream and vanilla until it hold soft peaks. With a large spoon, fold in half the egg white mixture to the chocolate mixture. Fold gently in the rest of the egg whites until smooth in color and texture. Divide the chocolate into martini glasses, Refrigerate for 2 hours. Hemelse modder should be eaten in the same day it’s made because of the raw eggs. Garnish with whipped cream or a few shaved slices of chocolate or sliced strawberries.


always melt chocolate on low heat on the stove.

Please leave a comment

  1. Raymund Says:

    Wow that mousse looks so tempting and delicious

  2. Stephanie Says:

    Hi there,

    Can you tell me how many servings the above recipe yields? It is not mentioned.


  3. DutchCook Says:

    Thanks Raymund :-)
    Stephanie, this makes between 4 – 6 servings, depending on your dishes :-) Enjoy

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