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White Chocolate and Passionfruit Mousse

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Introduction

So much in cooking, as in the rest of life I suppose, is about contrast, about balance. Here the acerbic fragrance of the passionfruit undercuts the otherwise over-egged richness of the white chocolate: this gives you flavour, intensity, sweetness and light.

On standing, the clear, sour-sweet juices of the fruit collect under the mousse: place raspberries in the glass first (again contrast, this time of colour, too) and let them become plumply infused and almost headily soused beneath.

So much in cooking, as in the rest of life I suppose, is about contrast, about balance. Here the acerbic fragrance of the passionfruit undercuts the otherwise over-egged richness of the white chocolate: this gives you flavour, intensity, sweetness and light.

On standing, the clear, sour-sweet juices of the fruit collect under the mousse: place raspberries in the glass first (again contrast, this time of colour, too) and let them become plumply infused and almost headily soused beneath.

White Chocolate and Passionfruit Mousse
Photo by Petrina Tinslay

Ingredients

Serves: 8-10

Metric Cups
  • 300 grams white chocolate
  • 6 large eggs (separated)
  • 10 passionfruit
  • approx. 300 grams raspberries
  • 10 ounces white chocolate
  • 6 large eggs (separated)
  • 10 passionfruit
  • 2¼ cups raspberries

Method

  1. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt in the microwave for about 3 minutes, or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Don't expect white chocolate ever to melt quite into the molten smoothness of dark: once it's lost its shape, it's melted enough; any more and it will start to seize. Set the bowl aside, and let the chocolate cool a little.
  2. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Mix the egg yolks into the cooled chocolate, though be gentle to ensure it doesn't seize. Cut the passionfruit in half and scoop them, juice, pulp, seeds, into the yolk and chocolate mixture, then fold into the egg whites until completely incorporated.
  3. Line the bottom of either a big glass bowl or eight to ten small glasses with a layer of raspberries - it's hard to be specific: it depends on the diameter of the glasses, or bowl, at the base really - and pour over the mousse. Leave for a couple of hours to set in the fridge, or for at least 4 if you're using one large bowl. Strangely, given that I lean normally towards the communal rather than individual serving, I generally go the one-glass-one-person route. I think it's because this is intense enough to require - even for me - small portions, and it's impossible to dollop out as little as would fill a small glass without seeming mean.
  1. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt in the microwave for about 3 minutes, or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Don't expect white chocolate ever to melt quite into the molten smoothness of dark: once it's lost its shape, it's melted enough; any more and it will start to seize. Set the bowl aside, and let the chocolate cool a little.
  2. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Mix the egg yolks into the cooled chocolate, though be gentle to ensure it doesn't seize. Cut the passionfruit in half and scoop them, juice, pulp, seeds, into the yolk and chocolate mixture, then fold into the egg whites until completely incorporated.
  3. Line the bottom of either a big glass bowl or eight to ten small glasses with a layer of raspberries - it's hard to be specific: it depends on the diameter of the glasses, or bowl, at the base really - and pour over the mousse. Leave for a couple of hours to set in the fridge, or for at least 4 if you're using one large bowl. Strangely, given that I lean normally towards the communal rather than individual serving, I generally go the one-glass-one-person route. I think it's because this is intense enough to require - even for me - small portions, and it's impossible to dollop out as little as would fill a small glass without seeming mean.

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  • Hi Nigella, i love this recipe, soon i will prepare it for my husband and i'm sure he will love it.. Franci Venezuela

    Posted by goddessfns on 6th February 2012
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