White chocolate mousse … with raspberries

Ok, so I have a thing about raspberries. But being at the butt end of the season, you can’t begrudge me one last hurrah. Besides the punnets I found at the market were sensational. What’s more, an Easter Sunday lunch requires chocolate (whatever colour) and something that can be made the day before. Let’s be clear: ministers don’t do major cooking feats on one of the biggest church days of the year. If one is to breeze into the clan gathering looking appropriately Easter-Sunday-serene, preparation is essential.

Even better, this one’s easy.

What you need:

  • 200 grams of quality white couverture chocolate
  • 300 mils of cream
  • 1 teaspoon of gelatine powder
  • 3 eggs separated
  • 1 tablespoon of Grand Manier (optional of course … I’m a Baptist!)
  • 2 punnets of raspberries

IMG_0105What you do:

  • Combine the chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl and place over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir together with a wooden spoon until the chocolate melts. Set the mixture aside to cool a little. Keep the water simmering.
  • In a second heatproof bowl, preferably a smaller one, mix the gelatine powder with a tablespoon of boiling water and place this over the simmering water, stirring until the powder has dissolved. Add this to the chocolate mixture and combine well.
  • Add the egg yolks and liqueur to the mixture and stir through. Place in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, until it thickens a little.
  • Beat the egg whites until firm peaks form and then fold into the chocolate mixture until evenly combined.
  • Spoon the mixture into small cups or glasses into which you’ve added the raspberries, leaving sufficient berries for garnish.
  • Refridgerate for at least 3 hours then decorate with remaining raspberries and some finely grated white chocolate.

And it’s SO good for you. Really!


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