Ricotta and Coffee Mousse
Elegant and easy to prepare, a classic mousse flavored with espresso and topped with a dusting of chocolate is a great way to end a romantic meal. Helen Rosner

The recipe for this elegant, easy-to-make dessert is based on one prepared at Ristorante Dattilo in Calabria.

Yield: serves 6


  • 2 cups store-bought ricotta
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 13 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. instant espresso
  • 1 tbsp. powdered gelatin
  • Shaved chocolate


  1. Purée ricotta in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl; set aside.
  2. Whip together heavy cream and sugar in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  3. Bring 1⁄4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan; remove from heat. Whisk 2 tbsp. of the water with espresso in a small bowl. Whisk remaining water with gelatin in another small bowl until dissolved.
  4. Stir espresso mixture into ricotta, then gelatin mixture; fold in cream in 3 stages. Chill mixture for 1 hour, then transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe mixture into 6 sundae glasses; refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Garnish with shaved chocolate.