“I like chocolate mousse to be rich in flavour with a light, silky texture, and a hint of coffee makes it extra special. The beauty of a dessert like this is that you can spoon it into individual dishes, pop it in the fridge, and it’s all ready to serve when needed.”
PREP 15 MINS
COOK 5 MINS
150g plain dark chocolate
2 large egg yolks
45g caster sugar
150g full-fat crème fraîche
150ml double or whipping cream
1 tsp instant coffee granules
Chocolate curls or finely grated chocolate, to decorate
1. Break the chocolate into a large heatproof bowl and set it over a pan of gently simmering water. The base of the bowl should not touch the water. Leave until just melted, then remove the pan from the heat, stir, and leave the chocolate to cool slightly.
2. Put the egg yolks and sugar in a medium heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, as above. Whisk with an electric hand whisk on low speed for 4 minutes, or use a balloon whisk, which will take a little longer.
3. When the mixture has become paler and thicker, remove the bowl from the heat and continue whisking for a further minute. Set aside to cool slightly, stirring occasionally so the mixture does not stiffen. If it does, stir in 1–2 teaspoons of the crème fraîche to slacken.
4. Pour the cream into a medium mixing bowl and sprinkle over the coffee. Whip the cream to soft peaks and fold in the crème fraîche. Fold the cream mixture into the cooled dark chocolate, then fold in the egg yolk mixture. Make sure everything is well combined.
5. Spoon into glasses and chill for 1 hour. Decorate with chocolate curls. To make chocolate curls, simply pull a vegetable peeler along the flat side of a chocolate bar. It works best if the chocolate is slightly warm.
Recipe taken from Mary’s brand new book; Mary Berry’s Cookery Course, published by DK, £25, dk.com A perfect step by step guide to classic recipes. Available as an eBook to download from the iBookstore and Amazon Kindle Store.