I had a great weekend at home in the west with my parents. Sun, food, wine and family made for a tasty and relaxed break after a full on work week. This incredible dessert was the result of sheer determination to use these fantastic Martini glasses that I got as an engagement gift (over a year and a half ago). I wanted to create something really visual and striking as the finalé to a pretty spectacular three course meal. This mousse fitted the bill nicely. All in all, the mousse is easy to prepare and the impressive stripes of sugary bliss make for good dinner conversation!
Dark Chocolate & Cream Cheese Mousse
For the base
4 digestive biscuits
30g butter (melted)
For the chocolate mousse
3 egg whites
4 drops of lemon juice
55g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
20g icing sugar
For the cream cheese mousse
45 ml cream
80g cream cheese
60g icing sugar
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
Strawberries to garnish
4 Martini Glasses
1. Crush the biscuits using the base of cup. Melt the butter and pour over the biscuits, stirring to
ensure the crumbs are well coated. Spoon equal amounts of biscuit into the base of each
glass, pressing down gently to create an even layer.
2. For the chocolate mousse, melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of boiling water.
Whisk the egg whites and lemon juice until stiff peaks are formed. Then add the sugar to the
eggs whites and continue to mix.
3. Next, add one third of the egg whites to the melted chocolate and beat vigorously to prevent
the mixture from going lumpy. Next fold in the remaining egg whites. Spoon equal amounts
of the chocolate mixture into the glasses over the biscuit base, levelling off to create clean
4. For the cream cheese mousse, start off by whipping the cream and setting it aside. In a
separate bowl beat together the cream cheese, lemon juice, and icing sugar until smooth
and light. Next fold the whipped cream in to the cream cheese mixture. Then spoon equal
amounts of the mixture into the Martini glasses on top of the chocolate layer. Place in the
fridge for 2-3 hours to set.
Slice strawberries thinly and place on top of each glass. If you like you can also add a
teaspoon of chocolate shavings to the top of each glass.