Yogurt Strawberry Mousse with Chocolate Ganache


How I wish the strawberry season stretched to the whole year… Even though I’m happy to see cherries, apricots or peaches appear on my market, I am unable to ignore strawberries, which now, in their later varieties, have a much more complex and interesting taste. Last weekend I ended up once more making my staple yogurt and fruit mousse. At the same time the chocolate craving wouldn’t leave me, so I decided to cover each portion with a thin layer of dark chocolate ganache instead of the initially planned strawberry coulis. “Sensational” is the only word I find to describe it.

If you like this recipe, you might also like this coconut and strawberry combination:

Coconut and Strawberry Wobbly Cream with Agar
Coconut and Strawberry Wobbly Cream with Agar

TIPS: The amounts of gelatin depend sometimes on the brand. Leaves are sometimes bigger, sometimes smaller,  powdered gelatin sometimes contains other products and doesn’t set as well as pure gelatin in powder… In short, the aim here is to use the amount of gelatin which sets 500 ml/2 cups/about 17 oz liquid. (The whole mousse mixture has more than 500 ml, so the mousse will be firm but not hard as a standard jelly).

If you prefer a sweeter ganache, you can add sugar. I never do because even bitter chocolate is sweet enough for me (of course the instant coffee can be replaced with several teaspoons of strong espresso or skipped; I practically always add a pinch of coffee to my chocolate desserts because it enhances the bitter chocolate flavours). The chocolate ganache can be prepared with milk chocolate too.

The mousses keep well in the fridge for several days (up to five days if the fruits are fresh). If you want to serve them for a dinner, you can prepare the mousses a day before and cover with ganache just before the guests arrive. They will be ready after 30 minutes in the fridge.

Preparation: 10 minutes+ 2 – 3 hours in the fridge

Ingredients (serves 4):

250 g (about 1 cup) unsweetened natural yogurt (you can use also Greek yogurt, which will make this mousse creamier) 

300 g (about 11oz) strawberries (hulled)

4 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar or sweetener (or no sugar if you prefer your mousse to be very tangy)

the amount of gelatin necessary to set 500 ml liquid, see TIPS above (you can use leaves too)

Chocolate ganache:

70 g (about 2.5 oz) good quality chocolate (I have used 72% cocoa chocolate), roughly chopped 

70 ml (about 2.4 fl  oz) natural liquid cream, min. 25% fat (do not use crème fraîche or any thickened cream)

(1/2 teaspoon instant coffee or several teaspoons of strong espresso) 

some strawberries for the decoration

Mix the strawberries in a food processor or a blender. Add the sugar and the yogurt (remove the liquid floating on the surface). Mix once more.

Taste and add more sugar if needed.

Dissolve the gelatin in 4 tablespoons warm water (if using leaves, soften them in cold water, squeeze and dissolve also in 4 tablespoons warm water).

In a food processor mix well the dissolved gelatin with the strawberry mixture.

Divide the mousse into serving dishes.

Put the mousse into the fridge for 2 -3 hours until it sets.

When the mousses are well set, prepare the chocolate ganache.

Bring the cream to a boil. Put aside.

Throw the chopped chocolate and the instant coffee into the pan and, quickly stirring, dissolve in the hot cream (do not boil the mixture of chocolate and cream!).

Distribute the warm (not hot) chocolate ganache equally among the mousse portions and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes more.

Serve very cold.

38 Replies to “Yogurt Strawberry Mousse with Chocolate Ganache”

  1. Oh my goodness! This is like a chocolate covered strawberry in a glass! I was looking for an easy dessert for this week and I think I just found it! This is going to be a hit! Bobby will definitely stop whining about not having ice cream once he tastes this. Thank you Sissi!!!

    1. Dear MJ, thank you so much for such an enthusiastic comment! I’m glad you like this idea. It’s really easy to prepare and for lovers of chocolate and strawberries, it’s a pure delight. I hope you will try it (and like it too!).

  2. Really beautiful photo, looks like it came out of a gourmet food magazine. Well, this is a gourmet food blog so it belongs here also:)
    The frozen strawberry season does stretch whole year:) I have some in my freezer from the previous season(s) – not sweet. Thats why its taking so long to finish!
    And you have so much greens on your balcony, almost like a garden.

    1. Mr. Three-Cookies, I’m extremely flattered by your compliments. Thank you! You are right: frozen strawberries are a solution, but they are not as good as fresh of course… I wish I had space to grow strawberries, but then I would need something more than a balcony!

    1. Thank you, Dedy. It’s weird. I have never had problems following the instructions on the package.

  3. This is such an elegant dessert my friend! I agree with you strawberries are the best and the combo with chocolate is one of the best!

    1. Thank you so much, Katerina. I’m glad you find it elegant. For me it’s most of all delicious and completely guiltless 😉

  4. Chocolate and strawberries are a match made in heaven, aren’t they? I’ve been buying strawberries every week for a good month now and still can’t get enough of them!

  5. I really liked the original version, I’m sure love this chocolate added recipe. Gorgeous photos as always. I admire your photo styling – Can you be my teacher?

    1. Dear Nipponnin, I am so flattered once more by your kind compliments. I don’t think I merit them. Thank you so much!

  6. Sissi, such a perfect time of the year to make an easy, and light mousse, and not having to spend hours in the kitchen over a hot stove, or oven.
    Love the pretty layered look, and the chocolate ganache. Strawberries and chocolates are such a perfect pairing, no wonder they even dip it into chocolate, as well!
    An elegant dessert from an elegant and refined lady! xo

    1. Thank you so much, Elisabeth, for all your kind compliments. I am blushing 🙂 You are right: strawberries are not dipped in chocolate by accident 😉 They are perfect together.

  7. I loved your original recipe with strawberry coulis, but this looks even more delectable! Strawberries and chocolate combo is something I can’t pass up. I bet this would be perfect for a muggy summer day. I will have to try this while the strawberries are in season and still sweet! Thanks Sissi!

    1. Thank you so much, Gomo. I must say I liked it more too (not because it was worse without chocolate but because practically everything tastes better with chocolate 😉 ). The chocolate ganache layer is so thin, the whole desserts still stays healthy and light. I hope you will try it.

  8. Strawberry and chocolate is such a great combination Sissi, and you just brought it all to a higher level…looks so elegant.
    Hope you are having a fabulous week 😀

  9. This is such a gorgeous dessert. I agree, I wish the strawberry season last the whole year. 😛 But lucky enough, we always get strawberries year round and the quality is pretty good as well. Can’t wait to try this.

  10. Been missing out on blog posts for ages, but thought to drop a little note today when I saw this on my feed! looks wonderful, perfect for the HOT weather out there, and you know I have a weakness for pudding/ custardy things! yum!

    1. Thank you so much, Shuhan. I think you might like it. I cannot live without several custardy or moussy desserts in my fridge now… It’s so hot! I have made today coconut wobbly dessert with fruits and another coconut and coffee one… both set with agar. They are divided into small portions, I open the fridge and it’s such a pleasure to have refreshing light sweet treats waiting for me!

  11. Oh Sissi – you know how I feel about chocolate and if there’s one sure way to improve *anything* (really – ANYTHING!) it’s to cover it in chocolate! :D. What a delicious “upgrade” to an already wonderful-looking dessert, and so perfect for this season too!

    1. Thanks a lot, Charles. Almost everything tastes better with chocolate (maybe apart from crème brûlée… but I cannot find other example now).

    1. Thank you so much, Nami. The thin layer of ganache changes the whole dessert! I was really glad it worked so well.

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