I love an easy dessert, something that can be whipped up quickly with minimal effort and provides a light ending to an indulgent dinner party. This basic chocolate mousse can be used as a base for you to innovate- switch it up with different flavoured chocolate or top it with something fresh, cooked or crunchy.
Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6 small portions
100g (or 1 slab) of lindt 70% dark chocolate
100g (or 1 slab) of lindt 70% milk chocolate
200 ml cream
4 large eggs - separated
Optional: Berry Topping
400g Frozen Mixed Berries
1/4 Cup Sugar
4 Cardamom Pods (semi-crushed)
1 Cinnamon Stick
1/2 Cup Water
Fill a small pot with a little bit of water (say a quarter of the pot full) and place over a medium heat. You want to see some steam coming off the water so you know it’s hot but you don’t want the water to boil.
Place a metal bowl over the pot (take care to ensure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the pot) and roughly break the 2 slabs of chocolate into the bowl gently stir as the chocolate begins to melt. Once fully melted remove from the pot and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
In a bowl whip the cream until you get stiff peaks and add in the egg yolks and mix well. Fold in the cooled chocolate.
In another clean bowl, add the eggs whites with a pinch of salt and beat until super stiff. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and serve straight away or let chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
Berry: Add the frozen berries to a small pot with water, sugar and spices. Allow to cook on medium until the berries are softening, reduce to low and simmer until thickened to your desire. Balance the flavours with juice of half a lemon if required.
Eat it plain or serve it with some cooked berries
Swap the plan chocolate for an orange chocolate or a mint chocolate for a different flavour profile