Chocolate & Lime Mousse

I don’t know what came over me today. I had a real craving for chocolate. I can’t remember ever having had it before as I’m not normally one for eating much of it. Anyway, I really wanted a mousse for some reason. So I made this. A lovely rich zingy mousse. Zing courtesy of a lime which I had hanging round the kitchen. It was deliciously light. The only criticism was that I divided it between 3 glasses and not 4 and subsequently had to have a little lie down such was my bloatedness.

125g dark chocolate (70% or more cocoa content)
50g unsalted butter
1 lime (zest and juice of)
3 eggs (separated)
200ml thick cream
30g caster sugar

In a bowl over a simmering pan of water melt together the chocolate and butter. Remove from the pan then beat in the lime juice, zest and egg yolks until creamy and smooth. Leave to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, whisk the cream until soft peaks then refrigerate until needed. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks then whisk in the sugar to form a meringue. Gently fold the meringue into the chocolate mixture being careful not to stir too hard. Before it is completely folded in, fold in the cream, keeping the mixture light and airy.

Pour into 4 ramekins or wine glasses, cover in plastic wrap and leave to set in the fridge for about 3 hours.

Serve as is, or dollop some cream over the top if you like. You could even add a little grated chocolate over too if you feel like tarting it up.

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