Chocolate mousse

Light and fluffy, yet deeply chocolaty - a perfect fuss-free pudding from Eleanor Smallwood
By Eleanor Smallwood
Chocolate mousse
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  • Serves: 6-8
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes plus chilling overnight
  • Effort: easy


  • 100 g chocolate
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 6 egg whites


1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water, then set the bowl aside and let the chocolate cool a little.

2. Whisk together the egg yolks and 40g of the sugar for a few minutes until the mixture thickens, becoming pale and fluffy. Pour in the cooled chocolate and fold together gently.

3. Whisk the egg whites in a large clean bowl until they are billowing and stiff, but not dry. Add the remaining sugar and continue beating until the mixture becomes glossy.

4. Spoon a third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture and stir together - you don't want any flecks of white. Gently fold in the remaining whites, then pour into a serving bowl. Chill in the fridge overnight to set. Decorate with chocolate shavings before serving.

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