French-style chocolate mousse

French-style chocolate mousse

There are endless possibilities for flavouring and topping this simple French-style chocolate mousse, which is aerated with egg whites.
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  1. Step 1

    Melt the two chocolates and butter together gently in a bain marie
  2. Step 2

    In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until they look pale and foamy and the mixture forms a ribbon when lifted
  3. Step 3

    On medium speed, whisk the 6 egg whites together in a bowl with the lemon juice and salt until they are ‘barely soft peaks’ - the lemon juice helps stabilise the egg whites
  4. Step 4

    Pour the melted chocolate mixture into the egg yolks and sugar and whisk to combine
  5. Step 5

    Fold the whipped egg whites into the mixture in 3 additions, making sure not to over mix
  6. Step 6

    Divide into 4-6 serving dishes (depending on size), cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours but ideally overnight
  7. Step 7

    Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before serving