24 October 2016
'crunchy' chocolate mousse
So I was going through my photos the other day (as you can probably tell from my previous blog posts) and I realised that I never actually posted this recipe... which is crazy because it is one of my all time favourite recipes and if I could, I would eat this chocolate mousse everyday! This recipe is actually my Maman's and it has evolved over time, at first it was just a simple chocolate mousse (although no less amazing than this one), but now there is a little element of crunch to it which is just beyond special!
It actually has some 'crunchy' chocolate in it which just adds that little bit extra when you're eating it. And like all amazing recipes, it came about with experimentation and like a lot of amazing recipes in our household it came about because we were missing ingredients and had to substitute. Not enough dark cooking chocolate equals in adding some cadbury crunchy chocolate bar and the result is just yum!
This is such a special recipe to me because on pretty much any special occasion in my family we will whip out this recipe and start baking the night before to enjoy it as a dessert the next day. Either we have it on its own like in the pictures below. Presented in beautiful glasses with a chocolate straw (just because you can never have too much chocolate and crunch!), or we put it in one large bowl and share it as a side with a cake. Usually my grandmas french sugar cake (which reminds me, I'll have to put up the recipe for that one too, because it is to die for) or for anyone else, a simple butter or yoghurt cake would go great too!
Be warned, this is super rich but you won't be able to stop eating it! IT IS THAT GOOD! Although, don't worry, for those of you who aren't massive chocolate fans it isn't heavy, it may be rich but it's not heavy if that makes sense? It is light, fluffy, airy and mousse like (obviously) but it doesn't have that super super dark chocolate taste that is bitter. The mixture of the milk crunchy chocolate with the dark cooking chocolate is just perfect!
Now, I should probably stop writing so much about it because I am nearly drooling at the thought of eating some and unfortunately I am in France right now and do not have the ingredients at my disposal to just whip one up. But, it is something to look forward to when I get home (and yes Maman, I am thinking of you... and thinking that this would be a great coming home dessert for the night I arrive... just hinting a few months in advanced!)
Anyways, enjoy! There is no day in your life I am sure you will regret making this chocolate mousse... and everyone is going to love you for it!
serves 6 (generous servings)
180 grams cooking chocolate
70 grams crunchy chocolate block (this one, not the bar)
200 grams caster sugar, plus one teaspoon extra
200 grams unsalted butter, softened
4 eggs, separated
6 chocolate straws, to serve (optional)
Pinch of salt
Put the sugar in the saucepan, cover it with water (just enough to cover) and cook until it melts and boils. Add the chocolate (both kinds) and when it starts melting take it off the heat and allow it to melt whilst stirring with a wooden spoon.
Add the butter to the chocolate mixture and when smooth, add the egg yolks and mix well until smooth and glossy. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt and once firm, add a teaspoon of caster sugar and beat a little more.
Carefully fold the egg whites in with the chocolate mixture and then pour into 6 individual ramekins (or if you want, one large bowl). Refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours.
It's great on it's own as a rich dessert topped with a chocolate straw or serve as a side with some cake (vanilla, yogurt cake or something of the likes).
This is a recipe from my book “Great Friendly Food”, if you want to see more great gluten free recipes buy my ebook here
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