Saturday, 22 March 2014

Chocolate Mousse Cake

I was in need of a SERIOUS chocolate fix and this mousse cake didn't disappoint.
It's dark and rich and delicious, and blows my weekly calorie budget sky high!!

The original recipe called for plain dark chocolate, but some Rum & Raisin Bournville caught my eye.
The smell of this chocolate is divine, and I managed to put most of it into the cake, only eating a couple of squares!

Original Recipe

250g plain chocolate
4 large eggs, seperated
110g caster sugar
3 tbsp warm water
Cocoa powder for dusting.

I substituted the plain chocolate for 2 x 180g bars of  rum & raisin bournville.

Preheat Oven to 180C / Gas 4
Grease a 20cm / 8in loose bottomed cake tin, and line the base with greaseproof paper.
(I only had a 7" or a 9" tin and I decided to go with the 9". Hence my cake is a little flat.
Next time I will try the 7")

Melt the chocolate. If you're using rum & raisin  do this carefully, so the raisins don't burn.
Allow to cool slightly.
Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar, until really pale and fluffy.
Carefully stir in the chocolate and the warm water.
In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
Fold them into the chocolate mixture.
Pour the mixture  into the prepared tin and bake for 15 minutes.
Take it out of the oven and allow to cool.
Dust with cocoa powder.
Then, chill in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Take out 1 hour before serving and cut with a hot wet knife.

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