“Everyone needs some chocolate from time to time. We’re happy with this one – see what you think. It’s a little indulgence from us to you with our love and has mercifully few calories!”


04-mousse100g plain dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)

300g low-fat ready-made custard, preferably fresh

3 large egg whites

150g fresh raspberries

1/2 tsp icing sugar

1 To make the mousse, break 95g of the plain chocolate into pieces and place these in a large heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water until almost melted.

2 Remove the bowl carefully from the pan and stir the chocolate with a wooden spoon until it’s smooth. Leave to cool for about 15 minutes but don’t let the chocolate set.

3 Stir the custard into the melted chocolate until smooth. Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl with an electric whisk until fairly stiff but not dry.

4 Stir a third of the egg whites into the melted chocolate mixture with a large metal spoon to loosen, then fold in the rest.

5 Divide the mixture between 6 dessert dishes or coffee cups. Cover them with cling film and chill for at least 1 hour.

6 When you’re ready to eat, take the dishes out of the fridge and uncover them. Tumble a few raspberries into the centre of each one, dust with sifted icing sugar and grate the remaining chocolate over the top. Serve this on the day of making.

147 calories per portion

Recipe extracted from the NEW book The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life by Si King and Dave Myers. £14.99. ebook £7.99 Weidenfeld & Nicholson.

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