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    Rich Chocolate Mousse

    Beating the egg yolks over a gentle heat to thicken them means this mousse is both extremely light and very rich.

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 40 minutes, plus chilling
    • Total time: 40 minutes, plus chilling 40 minutes

    Serves: 8


    • 200g dark chocolate
    • 3 tbsp very strong coffee
    • 4 medium eggs, separated
    • 1 tbsp whisky or dark rum
    • 125g caster sugar
    • 200g unsalted butter, cut into small dice
    • Squeeze of lemon juice
    • Pinch of salt


    1. Break the chocolate up and place it in a bowl with the coffee over a pan of barely simmering water. Once it has melted, remove from the heat.
    2. Put the egg yolks in a bowl with 1 tbsp water, the whisky or rum and all but 1 tbsp of the sugar. Put over the pan of simmering water and whisk steadily until the mixture is thick, pale and creamy - about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Return the bowl of chocolate to the simmering water. Gradually whisk in the butter. Remove from the heat and combine the chocolate mixture with the egg yolk mixture, whisking well.
    3. Put the egg whites in a clean bowl with a squeeze of lemon juice and a small pinch of salt. Whisk until the whites form soft peaks. Add the reserved tbsp of sugar and continue to whisk until it forms stiff peaks. Thoroughly whisk a quarter of this mixture into the chocolate mixture then gently fold in the remainder, taking care to blend in all the whites without losing too much volume. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve plain or with cream, crème fraîche, ice cream or with coffee bean custard.

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    Cook's tips

    This dish contains uncooked eggs so is not suitable for pregnant women, the elderly, very young children or the infirm


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