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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Incredible Chocolate Mousse & Chocolate Shards Recipe...

Chocolate Mousse is one of those desserts I've always wanted to attempt but just never really known how and also I just didn't think it was something that would go well if I made it. Well, how wrong was i?! I gave it a go recently and I'm so glad I did! It was absolutely delicious. I did a review of a personalised cookbook a while ago and this recipe was featured, as it turned out so well I wanted to do a full recipe post on it. All credit goes to This Is Your Cookbook for the recipe, though I did make a few tiny little changes to suit what I had in. Instead of using just dark chocolate for the shards, I used a bit of milk chocolate aswell, and also with the mousse I used a mixture of dark and milk chocolate too, so I altered it a little to suit me but it's basically the same recipe!
Ingredients: (chocolate shards)
100g dark chocolate
75g of milk chocolate
50g of white chocolate

Ingredients: (mousse)
100g dark chocolate
50g milk chocolate
3 eggs, seperated
125ml double cream

Method: (chocolate shards)
1. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside
2. Break up the dark and milk chocolate into small pieces and place into a glass bowl. Place bowl over a pan of simmering water and wait for the chocolate to melt, keep stirring until fully melted
3. When the chocolate has melted, pour onto baking paper and spread out with a spoon into a large rectangle. Now break up the white chocolate into chunks and add to a clean bowl, again melt over a pan of simmering water. When that's melted, drizzle all over the chocolate with a spoon and then pull the tip of a cocktail stick downwards to get the ripple effect. I then placed the tray in the freezer for about 3 hours until it was fully set

Method: (chocolate mousse)
1. Now the shards are done, repeat the melting process with another 100g of dark choc and 50g of milk, when melted leave to cool for a few minutes
2. While this is cooling, seperate your eggs, I kept the yolks in one bowl and whites in another
3. After a few minutes, add in the egg yolks to the chocolate mix one at a time, stirring after each one, this will probably make quite a sticky mixture but it's fine
4. Now in a seperate bowl, measure out 125ml of double cream and whisk until it just holds it shape, when you've reached that stage, add to the chocolate mix and fold in until fully combined
5. Now in a completely clean bowl, whisk your eggs whites until they reach soft peaks. This won't work unless the bowl and whisk is clean, I tried to do this in the same bowl as the cream after I'd put that into the chocolate and they just wouldn't whisk properly, second time they reached soft peaks within less than a minute!
6. When the egg whites are whisked, pour into the chocolate mix and fold in. This might take a bit of time, you don't want to rush it
7. When everything is combined, pour into a fancy dish, or just any really! and leave to set in the fridge for at least 2 hours. I think this one was in the fridge for about 3 and it was perfect!
8. When set, remove chocolate from freezer, break into big pieces and add to the mousse. I tried to make it look neat and fancy, and I don't think I did too bad! 
First of all I know the shards might not look the most professional thing but for a first attempt I'm so proud of how they turned out! I loved the feathered pattern I managed to achieve, they set perfectly and were really easy to just snap. The mousse set so well and about 3 hours in the fridge was perfect, though just 2 should be okay. I've been a bit obsessed with the new Muller mousses recently and this honestly tasted just as good as those! It was really thick, had a nice dark chocolate taste and was so filling. Obviously I made it for just two of us so we ended up eating it over a few days, it's definitely too much for one sitting but if you had people round, this would be such a perfect dessert. I'm already thinking about when I can make it again.
I'm actually in disbelief it worked, I always thought it would just go so wrong if I attempted mousse but it went so much better than I could have imagined. LOVE IT!

I really recommend giving this a go if you're looking for some new homemade desserts to try or have a family occassion coming up any time soon. It would be perfect for Christmas day!

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