Rich chocolate mousse

For a deliciously dark, rich and indulgent dessert, this glorious chocolate mousse from Tamasin Day-Lewis fits the bill perfectly
By Tamasin Day-Lewis
Rich chocolate mousse
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  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes plus setting
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

  • 140 g vanilla sugar
  • 3 whole eggs, separated, plus 3 extra egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 200 ml double cream
  • 85 g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 225 g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1 tbsp armagnac

To decorate

  • 125 ml double cream, lightly whipped
  • 50 g dark chocolate, grated

Method

1. Put 55g of the sugar, all 6 egg yolks, the cocoa powder and the cream together in a bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.

2. Whisk the mixture continuously until it thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.

3. Remove from the heat and add the butter and chocolate pieces, a little at a time, whisking until melted and fully incorporated.

4. Stir in the armagnac.

5. Whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add the remaining sugar a little at a time, and continue to whisk until the mixture is thick and glossy and meringue-like.

6. Fold the meringue lightly but thoroughly into the chocolate mixture.

7. Spoon the mixture into a large serving bowl or individual glasses and refrigerate until set.

8. Decorate with a swirl of whipped cream and some grated chocolate.

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