Monday, 4 April 2011
MasterChef chocolate mousse
Rich and decadent, this is the mousse I made on MasterChef and is an utterly luxurious; it's the perfect naughty treat for a Christmas dinner party and a fab alternative to a Christmas pudding as dessert on the big day!
1 vanilla pod split lengthways with the seeds scraped out OR 1 tsp of good vanilla extract
100ml double cream
2 eggs separated
1 tbsp cocoa powder
40g unsalted butter
150g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces (this will make it easier to melt)
1 tbsp of your favourite liquor (optional)
Set a large bowl over a pan of simmering water; make sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl. Add half the sugar and the egg yolks, the cocoa powder and the cream and whisk continuously until the mixture thickens. Make sure you whisk all the time or the eggs will scramble. This won't take any more than 3 minutes.
When the mixture has thickened a little and is the consistency of thick custard, take the pan off the heat and add the cubes of butter, the vanilla seeds and all the chocolate. Stir until fully incorporated.
Stir in your liquor if you're using.
In a separate, spotlessly clean bowl (this is important) whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add the remaining 37g of sugar a little at a time, and continue to whisk until the mixture is thick and glossy and meringue-like.
Fold the meringue mixture into the chocolate mixture, slowly; you don't want to knock any of the air out!
Spoon the mix into your preferred serving bowl(s) and chill until set for a few hours or so. This can be made the day before no problem.
Top with whipped cream, more chocolate, red fruits, anything you like :)