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A Special Dessert White Chocolate Mousse with Strawberry Sauce

Sometimes in life, a person uniquely touches you. My friend Elsa Gerst “Bunny” deBeer was one of those people. Although, I know that I first met her during the period when I was the principal bassist at Albany Symphony Orchestra. It feels like this lovely, gentle lady was always part of my life, despite the long distance between her home on the Hudson River and mine in Tuscon. Bunny opened my eyes to books, art, travel and slightly exotic (for me, at the time) flavours.

Sadly, I had to say goodbye to this beautiful friend in December as a tribute I created this sweet dessert an elegant White Chocolate Mousse with a Strawberry Sauce in her honour.

White Chocolate Mousse Strawberry Sauce Dessert

White Chocolate Mousse with Strawberry Sauce

This mousse is simple to make, all you need good quality white chocolate and fresh eggs. The decoration is personal, but I chose to use strawberries, edible flowers and mint leaves.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 16 people


  • 12 ounces White Chocolate broken into pieces
  • 4 eggs separated
  • 1 envelope Gelatin roughly 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • 3 cups heavy cream (35%)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 pints strawberries
  • to taste Sugar
  • to taste Grand Mariner or Chambord
  • Assorted edible flowers for decoration
  • Mint Leaves for decoration


  • Place 1 1/2 cups of the cream in a saucepan; sprinkle with the gelatin and let stand 10 minutes.
  • Place the saucepan on medium heat and add the chocolate.
  • Cook, stirring with a whisk, until the chocolate is melted.
  • Add egg yolks and beat well. Remove from the heat and refrigerate for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  • Beat remaining 1 1/2 cups cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form. Fold into the cooled custard.
  • Using clean beaters, beat egg whites and salt until soft peaks form.
  • Gradually add sugar, while beating, until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold the whites into the custard and stir until fully incorporated. (You may use a whisk for this step.)
  • Place mousse in a large, decorative dish and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  • During that time clean the strawberries, and remove the tops. Place in a food processor and purée the strawberries, sugar, and liqueur to make the sauce.
  • Before serving decorate with fresh strawberries, mint leaves, violas, or Johnny Jump-ups, if in season.
  • To plate, spoon several tablespoons strawberry sauce onto the plates, and top with a dollop of mousse.


Note: this can also be served in individual goblets or small dishes.
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!

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