Choco­late or­ange mousse

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glamour Living - Serves 4

A book on food would be in­com­plete with­out choco­late. Like wine and cof­fee, choco­late should al­ways be the best you can af­ford, so never set­tle for any­thing but the best sugar-free dark choco­late (70% and over).

What you’ll need The how-to Start off with what holds this whole mousse to­gether, the av­o­cado. Cut the av­o­cado into blocks and pop them into a blender, along with the or­ange juice, vanilla ex­tract and 125ml of the cream. Blitz un­til smooth.

In a small saucepan, gen­tly melt the but­ter, co­coa pow­der and xyl­i­tol to­gether, mix­ing con­stantly. Once melted and the xyl­i­tol has com­pletely dis­solved, re­move from the heat and al­low to cool slightly.

Trans­fer the avo cream to a mix­ing bowl and, us­ing a whisk, slowly add the melted choco­latey but­ter, whisk­ing con­tin­u­ously un­til com­bined.

In a sep­a­rate bowl, whisk the re­main­ing 200ml cream to stiff peaks. Fold the cream into the choco­latey mix­ture un­til well com­bined. It’s im­por­tant to fold and not mix or whisk – you want to keep the mousse nice and airy. Re­frig­er­ate for at least four hours, prefer­ably overnight.

Serve with ex­tra whipped cream and some grated or­ange rind as gar­nish.

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