White Chocolate Mint Mousse

I am not normally much of a white chocolate person, but the peppermint seems to eradicate its lethal richness. Nevertheless, my nephew did say of it, when I let him have some for a birthday treat, that it was like being able to eat the icing without having the cake. He wasn't speaking figuratively. And because it is rich and sweet, I serve it in uncharacteristically small portions. As they say in showbiz, always good to leave 'em wanting more.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

9 ounces white chocolate, broken into small pieces

1 cup heavy cream

*1 egg white

1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract (I use Boyajiain natural peppermint flavour)

6 fresh mint leaves, optional

Directions

  1. Put the pieces of white chocolate in a bowl, and sit this bowl over a pan over simmering water until it melts, stirring gently with a spatula every now and then. When it's melted, stand the bowl on a cold surface to cool down a little.
  2. In another bowl, and using an electric handheld whisk for ease, whip the cream, egg white and extract together. You want soft peaking rather than a stiff mixture.
  3. Put a big dollop of cream onto the slightly cooled chocolate and mix, and then gently fold the chocolate mixture into the cream.
  4. Divide mixture between 6 small but perfectly formed glasses with a capacity of 60ml/ 1/4-cup each.
  5. Chill in the fridge or give them a fast icy zap but sitting them in the deep freeze for 10 or 15 minutes. Decorate top with a mint leaf before serving.
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