May 20, 2018
in Recipes
Photo by Jonathan Lovekin

Makes 6

  • 150 grams dark chocolate 70% cocoa solids (roughly chopped)
  • 100 millilitres extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature (separated)
  • pinch of maldon salt plus 1/4 teaspoon
  • 50 grams caster sugar

For this recipe you’ll need 6 x 100ml/ramekins or 8 espresso cups

  • Melt the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl suspended over a pan of simmering water (but not touching the water), remove it from the heat before it is completely melted and then stir it gently so that the last little pieces of chocolate are melted. Leave to cool slightly before adding the oil to combine and set aside.


  • Whisk the egg whites and a pinch of maldon salt in a grease-free bowl until you have firm peaks.


  • In another bowl, large enough to take everything later, whisk the yolks, sugar and ¼ teaspoon of maldon salt until pale, thick and about doubled in volume. You don’t need to clean the beaters when going from whites to yolks.


  • Gradually pour the chocolate-oil mixture into the beaten yolks and fold to mix completely. Add a third of the beaten egg whites and fold in vigorously to lighten the mixture; no need to be delicate at this stage. Now gently fold in another third of the egg whites and, when that second lot is incorporated, fold in the final third leaving behind any liquid at the bottom of the bowl of whites. No white streaks should be visible.


  • In a rather freeform way, gently spoon the mousse into your ramekins or glasses. To get the right texture – soft and satiny, rather than set like a more traditional mousse – you can either refrigerate for 20 minutes then eat straight away, or for exactly one hour and then take out to come to room temperature for 40 minutes before serving.

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