It may seem daunting to throw together a chocolate mousse, but Jamie Oliver certainly proved it wasn’t in an episode of his 30 Minute Meals. We adapted this recipe from his show, eschewing the fruit in favour of orange zest — orange and chocolate make the best bedfellows. The garnish is instead some easy chocolate shavings.
An electric mixer is always handy when it comes to whipping eggs whites, unless you have a really well-practiced arm. With one, this whole recipe is done in 15 minutes. Without… well, let’s see just how strong that arm is.
- 2 100 gram bars of good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
- a small knob of butter
- 2 tablespoons golden caster sugar
- double cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- a splash of Grand Marnier
- orange zest
- cocoa powder, for dusting
- Leave the chocolate bars in their wrappers and smash them against the counter.
- Get a large serving bowl and 2 mixing bowls out. Tip the chocolate chunks into a heatproof mixing bowl with the butter, then place over the pan of simmering water and leave to melt, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the serving bowl with 300ml of cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste or extract and whip until silky with soft peaks.
- Separate the eggs, adding the yolks to the whipped cream and the whites to the empty mixing bowl. Gently mix through, then put aside.
- Add a pinch of salt to the whites and whisk really well until stiff (test it by holding it over your head!)
- By now the chocolate should be melted, so spoon it into the bowl of whipped cream with a swig of your favourite liqueur and the orange zest and stir through. Gently fold the egg whites through with a spatula, then put into the freezer to set.
- Before serving, sprinkle with cocoa powder and top with chocolate shavings (use a vegetable peeler on a regular chocolate bar).