Budget Chocolate Mousse – serve 8 for under R30.00
Like most people I have a repertoire of tried and tested hairy old favourite recipes that I have used for years, this chocolate mousse is one of them. It’s easy to make, feeds 8 and doesn’t break the bank.
You will have to buy two bars of chocolate as they are 90g each, you can either eat the remainder (cooks perks) or use it for decoration like I did (see below)
125g Cadburys Bournville dark chocolate (R8.99 per bar = R17.98)
4 eggs (R7.99 for 6 = R5.40)
2/3 of a 250ml tub of cream (R8.99 for tub, R6.00)
1 cap of whisky or spirit of your choice (optional)
toasted almonds (optional)
Separate the eggs and place the yolks in a largish mixing bowl.
Break the chocolate into squares and place in a microwaveable bowl, melt on high for 2 minutes, check and give it another minute, check again, and so on until it is melted. Give it a little stir if it needs help.
Whisk the melted chocolate into the egg yolks and add the whisky if using.
While that is cooling whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks.
Fold half the egg whites into the chocolate mix and then the remainder.
Spoon into 8 ramekins (mine are 8cm in diameter) or one large bowl.
Place in the fridge to set, allow at least 2 hours.
Whip the cream and either pipe or spoon a blob on each ramekin, decorate with leftover grated chocolate or scatter a few toasted almonds, add a cherry even. Or you can have a go at making shards……..melt the remaining chocolate and pour onto a cold surface, allow to set and with a sharp knife held at a 45 degree angle shave off some circular shards. Clearly I need to practise!
Last time I mentioned that I bought fresh cream for R8.99 I got the feeling that some of you didn’t quite believe me, so here’s my slip
UPDATE: A fellow blogger has told me that Checkers currently have the 180g Cadbury slabs are available @ R12.99 – so if you can get one of those it makes the recipe even cheaper!