- 1/2 teaspoon unflavored powdered gelatin (from one 1/4-ounce packet)
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- Fine salt
- 2 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
- 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
- Unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
Step 1In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 2 tablespoons water. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, granulated sugar, and a pinch of salt until pale, about 1 minute.
Step 2In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup cream and espresso powder over medium until warm, stirring occasionally with a silicone spatula. Gradually whisk warm cream mixture into egg mixture until combined, then return to saucepan. Stirring constantly, cook over medium until mixture thickens, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in gelatin mixture. Press plastic wrap onto surface of espresso mixture and let cool completely (do not refrigerate), about 45 minutes.
Step 3In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat 1 cup cream until soft peaks form. With a spatula, gently fold cream into espresso mixture. Divide among six 4-ounce containers. Cover and refrigerate until set, 1 hour (or up to 1 day). Before serving, whisk 1/2 cup cream and confectioners' sugar until soft peaks form. Top mousse with whipped cream and sprinkle with cocoa powder, if desired.