Chocolate mousse

Chocolate mousse

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From
At Home with Ben
Serves
6
Photographer
Mark Roper

Chocolate mousse is a winner every time! The chocolaty richness, and the sensual way it melts at the touch of your tongue. The secret is getting the volume into the mousse with your whipped egg whites.

It’s important that the bowl you use to whisk the egg whites in is clean, dry and free of fat. These elements will restrict the egg whites’ capacity to hold air and achieve the volume you need. To make sure that your bowl is really clean, wipe it with vinegar-moistened paper towel.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 teaspoon instant coffee
150g dark chocolate, 64% minimum cacao
50g unsalted butter
1 tablespoon runny honey
1 tablespoon tia maria or other coffee liqueur
3 eggs, separated
1 cup cream
sprigs mint, to garnish
strawberries, to garnish

Method

  1. Dissolve the instant coffee in 2 teaspoons of hot water. Place the chocolate, butter, honey and dissolved coffee in a heatproof bowl positioned over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Stir until the chocolate is melted.
  2. Remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the Tia Maria and egg yolks. Allow to cool – when you dab some of the mixture on your lips, it should feel warm.
  3. Use electric beaters to whisk the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl for 3–5 minutes, until foamy and soft peaks form. In a separate bowl, whip the cream to soft peaks, then keep chilled.
  4. When the chocolate is cool, gently fold in a third of the chilled whipped cream. Gently fold in half the whisked egg white, keeping as much air in the mixture as possible. Fold in the remaining egg white, followed by the remaining cream.
  5. Divide the mousse among six 1-cup serving glasses, or a large bowl, and chill for 4–6 hours to set.
  6. Serve garnished with sprigs of mint and strawberries.
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