Decadent Dessert | Dark Chocolate Mousse

Today I have a little bit of a different post for you, so please do let me know in the comments below if you enjoy this and you would like to see more! 

So I had a dinner party over the weekend and I was really having a struggle thinking what I would serve for dessert. I have never actually been much of a baker despite watching every season of ‘The Great British Bakeoff, which obviously really limits what you can prepare for dessert, but after digging around for recipes I came across an old favourite – chocolate mousse! This is quite a simple dessert, but if done right it can honestly be the most heavenly so I thought I would share my recipe given it came out pretty well, even if I say so myself!

INGREDIENTS

  • 250 g of Lindt 90% or 70% Dark Chocolate
  • 55 g Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 8 Egg Whites
  • 150 g Caster Sugar
  • 12 Dark Chocolate Cubes (to serve)
  • 12 Chocolate Squares (to decorate)
  • 12 Strawberries (to decorate)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • STEP 1: Melt the chocolate by breaking into pieces and placing on a bain marie (To prepare a bain marie place a bowl over gently boiling water making sure the bowl has no contact with the water)
  • STEP 2: When the chocolate is almost fully melted stir in 55g of unsalted butter to give some extra consistency and shine
  • STEP 3: Leave the chocolate mixture to cool on the side
  • STEP 4: Separate the egg whites and reserve one egg yolk
  • STEP 5: Whisk the eggs whites until they are frothy and add 150g of caster sugar
  • STEP 6: Continue to whisk the egg whites until they form hard peaks
  • STEP 7: Once the chocolate mixture has cooled down, add the egg yolk and mix throughly (Don’t add this when the chocolate is too hot or you will end up the chocolatey scrambled eggs) 
  • STEP 8: Add 1/3 of the egg whites to the chocolate mixture and mix in until there are no white specs visible
  • STEP 9: Slowly add in the egg whites to the rest of the mixture folding them in with the chocolate to make sure you keep in as much air as possible
  • STEP 10: Once all the egg whites have been mixed in with the chocolate mixture and there are no white specs, transfer the mixture into a clean container with an airtight lid and refrigerate for atleast 2-3 hours (preferably overnight) to set before serving

SERVING SUGGESTION

I bought these dark chocolate cubes (links below) and piped the mousse into them, added a strawberry and a chocolate square to serve, it adds a very nice touch to a relatively simple dessert!

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This mousse is absolutely decadent and a must try recipe for any chocolate lovers, so I hope you enjoy it!

TIP: The key to a good chocolate mousse is good quality chocolate, so make sure you buy one with a high cocoa content

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