An indulgent, make-ahead chocolate mousse with orange shortbreads – perfect for Valentine’s Day
Make these ahead and you won’t be fussing just before you serve dinner. Buy the shortbreads if you prefer
Chocolate mousse with orange shortbreads 30 MINUTES| SERVES 4|EASY
This makes enough for 4, so save 2 for later – they will keep for a couple of days
dark chocolate 150g double cream 100ml egg whites 3 golden caster sugar 50g ORANGE SHORTBREAD icing sugar 50g, plus more for dusting plain flour 100g cornflour 25g ground almonds 25g orange 1, zested butter 125g, cold and cut into cubes orange blossom water 1-2 tbsp Melt the chocolate into the cream in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water (be careful not to let the base of the bowl touch the water, or any water get into the chocolate), or in a microwave.
Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks and then whisk in the sugar and keep whisking until you have a glossy mixture. Stir a third of the meringue into the chocolate, then gently fold in the rest. Divide between 4 pots and chill.
Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/ gas 4. Mix the icing sugar, four, cornflour, ground almonds with the orange zest and rub in the butter. Stir in 1-2 tbsp orange blossom water and bring the mixture together to make a dough. Roll it out to make a rectangle on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Slice into fingers, cool, then dust with icing sugar. Serve alongside the chilled chocolate mousse.
PER SERVING 616 KCALS |FAT 4.2G | SATURATES 25.8G CARBS 44.6G | FIBRE 4.6G | PROTEIN 7.7G | SALT 0.4