Chefs' Recipes

Sixpenny's chocolate-marsala mousse with vanilla ice-cream

One of the silkiest chocolate mousses you'll have the good fortune to come across.

By Daniel Puskas
  • 25 mins preparation
  • 25 mins cooking (plus setting)
  • Serves 8 - 10
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"Our mead-vinegar custard dessert on our current menu uses the same technique as this chocolate-marsala mousse," says Dan Puskas, executive chef at Sydney's Sixpenny.


  • 250 gm egg yolks (about 14 egg yolks)
  • 150 gm caster sugar
  • 150 ml marsala
  • 200 gm dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), finely chopped
  • 500 ml (2 cups) pure cream
  • 5 gm gellan gum powder (see note)
Swiss meringue
  • 125 gm eggwhite (about 4 eggwhites)
  • 250 gm caster sugar
  • Vanilla bean ice-cream, to serve


  • 1
    Combine yolks, sugar and marsala in a large heatproof bowl set over a large saucepan of barely simmering water (don't let the bowl touch the water). Whisk until thickened and mixture reaches 73ºC on a cooking thermometer (4-5 minutes). Remove from heat, stir in chocolate until melted.
  • 2
    Combine cream and gellan gum powder in a saucepan; mix well. Heat over medium heat just until boiling, then simmer for 30 seconds to activate the gellan gum.
  • 3
    Pour cream mixture into yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Working quickly, pour mixture into a deep tray or slice pan to cool to room temperature and set (30 minutes).
  • 4
    Meanwhile, to make Swiss meringue, combine eggwhites and sugar in a heatproof bowl set over a large saucepan of barely simmering water (don't let the bowl touch the water). Stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture reaches 68°C (6-7 minutes). Transfer to a stand mixer and whisk until thick, glossy and completely cooled.
  • 5
    Transfer set chocolate mixture to a blender and blend until smooth; transfer to a bowl. Gently fold in Swiss meringue in two batches until just combined. Spoon into serving dishes and refrigerate until chilled and set (3-4 hours). You can also pipe the chilled mixture using a 1.5cm star nozzle. Serve with vanilla bean ice-cream.


Gellan gum powder is a setting agent. It's available from specialist shops or online at