Dark chocolate mousse, macerated blackberries and roasted hazelnuts
40 MINUTES + SETTING | SERVES 4 | EASY | GF
blanched hazelnuts 45g 70% dark chocolate 150g, broken into chunks
butter 30g sea salt flakes eggs 5, separated caster sugar 25g blackberries 150g icing sugar 1 tbsp, sifted lemon juice a squeeze red wine 2 tbsp (optional)
• Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Put the hazelnuts onto a baking tray and roast for 5 minutes or until fragrant. Once cool, lightly crush with a pestle and mortar.
• Put the chocolate, butter and pinch of salt in a heatproof bowl sat on top of a pan of lightly simmering water. Allow to melt, then set aside to cool slightly.
• Put the egg whites in a bowl and whisk with electric beaters until soft peaks. Add in the caster sugar a spoonful at a time, while whisking, until glossy. Put 3 of the egg yolks (you can freeze the remainder – or use them in the aïoli recipe on page 82) into a separate bowl and whisk until pale, then carefully fold in the sugary whites. Stir a few spoonfuls of the egg mixture into the cooled chocolate to incorporate, then gently fold in the remaining egg mixture (try not to knock out all the air). Spoon into 4 glasses, cover and chill for a few hours to set.
• Thirty minutes before serving, gently stir the icing sugar and lemon juice together with the blackberries (and red wine, if using).
• To serve, spoon the macerated blackberries over the mousses with the crushed hazelnuts.
PER SERVING 489 KCALS | FAT 35.4G SATURATES 15.3G | CARBS 25.6G | SUGARS 21.3G FIBRE 6.4G | PROTEIN 13.7G | SALT 0.4G
DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE, MACERATED BLACKBERRIES AND ROASTED HAZELNUTS