Classic chocolate mousse recipe

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  • Serves 8
  • 15 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 400 calories / serving
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For the custard, place the milk, cream, scraped vanilla pod and vanilla essence into a bowl and leave to infuse for five minutes. Whilst the milk infuses, whisk the vanilla seeds with the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture is pale and fluffy, then heat the infused milk and cream for about 5-8 minutes.

Whisk the two mixtures together by adding the warm milk to the egg yolks. Once combined, return to the pan and cook on a low heat until it reaches 85°C. Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl and set aside to cool.

For the meringue, heat the sugar in 50ml cold water until it reaches 121°C (using a sugar thermometer). Once the sugar has dissolved, increase the heat slowly. Meanwhile, whisk up the egg whites in a grease-free bowl until they form medium-to-firm peaks. Trickle the sugar syrup into the egg whites slowly whilst continuing to stir, and whisk with an electric beater until cool.

While the custard is still warm, add the gelatine leaves and stir until completely dissolved. Add this to the melted chocolate and stir until well incorporated. Once the meringue has fully cooled, add it to the chocolate mixture by folding in gently until fully combined. Finally, carefully fold in the lightly whipped cream.

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  • Ingredients

  • For the custard:

  • 140ml Lactofree semi-skimmed milk
  • 50ml Lactofree cream
  • ½ vanilla pod, split lengthwise, seeds scraped out
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 35g caster sugar
  • For the Italian meringue:

  • 160g granulated sugar
  • 80g egg whites
  • For the mousse:

  • 250g custard (see above)
  • 1 1/2 gelatine leaves
  • 225g dark chocolate (72% cocoa) melted
  • 180g Italian meringue (see above)
  • 200ml lightly whipped Lactofree cream
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  • Calories
    400
    20%
  • Sugar
    32g
    36%
  • Fat
    25g
    36%
  • Saturates
    15g
    75%
  • Salt
    0.1g
    2%
of an adult's Reference Intake daily amount.
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