You know how they say diamonds are a girls best friend? Well sorry but I disagree: Chocolate is a girls best friend. Who can resist, its like liquid gold. If you have been following my blog for a while you must know how much of a chocoholic I am. A week ago I was sent a whole box of chocolate by Nestle and asked if I would like to bake something. Well naturally I jumped at the chance. Nestle selected a number of people to try out their new and improved Nestle Bakers Choice Range and I was one of the lucky people 🙂 (Huge smile, quick dance on the spot!!!) You can check out the other recipes and people involved by going to #NestleBakersChoice and #BakeitYours
Check it out what the awesome box of goodies I got in the mail!!! I’m one lucky girl:). I must say the chocolate is amazing; I’m loving the range.
So on the weekend I was busy baking up a storm with chocolate. Dark chocolate is the ultimate liquid gold and is my favourite chocolate to use. The new dark chocolate melts that Nestle sent me are perfect for a smooth luscious chocolate mousse. So naturally I had to make the dessert that would showcase the chocolate.
Its important to use a good quality chocolate in a mousse as there is no hiding the flavours. Because its chocolate concentration is so high, there is such a small amount of sugar so it won’t mask the chocolate (it also is not cooked). I like to add some cocoa powder to give it an extra hit of chocolate goodness. You could use the Nestle Milk Chocolate Melts in the new range as they work just as well, the mousse will just be a little sweeter.
For the chocolate decoration on the top I melted down some of the Nestle Milk Chocolate Melts and spread it over some baking paper and waited for it to harden before cracking and placing it on the top. This isn’t entirely necessary, however just tops the dessert off nicely don’t you think?
- 290g Nestle Dark Chocolate Melts
- ⅓ cup thickened cream
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
- 1 tablespoon Nestle cocoa
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup thickened cream
- Place the chocolate, cream, coffee and cocoa powder into a double boiler on a medium temperature and heat until the chocolate melts and the ingredients combine. Remove from the heat and let it cool for 5 mins.
- Place the egg yolks and sugar in a seperate bowl and using an electric beater beat until light and fluffy. Then beat in the melted chocolate mixture.
- In a clean dry bowl beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the whites through the chocolate mixture.
- Whip the cream in a seperate bowl until peaks form and then fold this mixture through the chocolate mixture.
- Spoon into serving bowls, you can either make 6 individual bowls or one large one. Place in the refrigerator for 3 hours or until ready to serve.