This is a very simple recipe with just three ingredients and tastes just like the chocolate mousse I remember from French restaurants I visited as a child.
This makes eight portions so you will need eight ramekins.
- 220g dark chocolate - if you don't like dark chocolate then substitute all or part with milk chocolate
- 140g unsalted butter
- 4 eggs, separated
Melt the butter and chocolate in a bain marie (bowl resting on a saucepan of simmering water but without the water touching the bowl). This is done more quickly if butter is cubed and chocolate broken into pieces.
Add the egg yolks one at a time, stirring constantly. If you want to add extra flavour, then do it now. You could add a couple of tablespoons of rum, brandy or espresso coffee or maybe some orange zest.
Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
Using a metal spoon, fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.
Keep folding until your boredom threshold is reached or preferably until it's beautifully combined into chocolate yumminess.
Spoon carefully into ramekins.
You can freeze these in advance but they take so little time to prepare I'm not sure it's necessary.