Naked Mousse with Peppermint for that after dinner mint swing
Sophie, a friend of mine suggested this recipe and it is incredible and very easy. It really fits in with Jamie Oliver‘s simple approach to food, it’s a no fuss dessert that everyone will just love and you can make ahead to make entertaining easier. The mousse has the perfect amount of density and air and my little add of peppermint essence helps lift the intensity of the dark chocolate. This is the easiest dessert I’ve done it many times when we organise last minute dinners with friends, an hour in the fridge tops, which is about how long it is to do hellos, wine, cheers, cheese and dinner.
Serves 2 large or 4 Small
- 175g dark chocolate (I used Lindt 70% Cocoa – intense)
- splash of milk
- 1 egg yolk
- 4 egg whites
- 25g sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp peppermint essence
- chocolate shavings, to serve. I also added strawberries and dusted with icing sugar – totes no necessary if you don’t want to.
Break the dark chocolate into small pieces and melt in a bowl over a pot of simmering water.
Remove the bowl from the heat and beat in the egg yolk.
Add a splash of milk and beat a little more. Allow to cool.
In another bowl, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks, adding the sugar little by little as you do so.
Fold a quarter of the egg whites into the chocolate, and then whisk briefly. Carefully fold in the remaining egg whites. You want to be gentle here, as you want as much air to remain in the mousse mix as possible.
Add the peppermint essence and gently fold through.
Pour into 2 large Martini glasses or 4 ramekins or serving bowls and chill for at an hour. Test by gently placing your finger to see if they’re solid. Serve with the chocolate shavings and berries.
Handy Hint: If the chocolate gets kinda gritty when you add the splash of milk, you’ve not added enough, just add a little more milk and continue beating and the mix will smooth out again.