Chocolate mousse is a classic dessert that tastes amazing and is not too hard to make.
Ingredients: (makes 4, although it depends on what serving size you want)
– 200g dark cooking chocolate, finely chopped
– 25g butter
– 3 eggs, separated, at room temperature
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 250ml thickened cream
– 4 strawberries
1. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. I used a chocolate fondue pot from a set to melt the chocolate as it is easier to use but if you don’t have anything like that just use a bowl and saucepan.
2. Use a wooden spoon to stir the egg yolks and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Make sure you don’t overstir, or the chocolate can harden.
3. Use an electric beater to beat cream in a bowl until soft peaks form – the cream should just cling to the beaters when you lift them.
4. Gently fold half the cream into the chocolate mixture until it’s almost combined. Fold in the remaining cream.
5. Use an electric beater to beat egg whites in a dry, clean bowl until soft peaks form – they’ll curl over slightly when you lift the beaters.
6. Fold half the egg white into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining egg white.
7. Place in glasses and place in fridge for 3 hours to set.
8. While you are waiting for the mousse to set, cut the strawberries into quarters and arrange in a flower arrangement using the quarters as petals. You could also cut and arrange them in any way you like or not even have strawberries but I think the way I’ve done it is nice and simple and the strawberries give a fresh relief when you eat it.
9. Once they are out of the fridge out the strawberries on and enjoy!