The lovely people at Seed & Bean sent me a little supply of chocolate for me to toy around with. Suffice it to say, the first bar barely saw the kitchen – only my mouth. I regained a little willpower though with the others (marginally!), and knew exactly what I wanted to do with the white chocolate bar; a chocolate mousse. The richness of the chocolate compliments the airiness of a mousse, so although this is a decadent dessert, it’s not sickly sweet.
I first came across Seed & Bean in a little shop in Bristol Market, where it was actually this lemon and poppy seed white chocolate which attracted me, chocolate fiend I am. But not only do they make bloody amazing chocolate, it’s good for you too! Well, not your figure, but your impact in the world. Ethically traded (they have received 100% ethical accreditation from The Ethical Company Organisation), fair-trade, organic and handmade here in Blighty. Basically, it’s heaven in a bar.
So go grab yourself a selection (their new Glastonbury range looks to die for!) and make yourself happy – even happier still if you turn one into this mousse!
Ingredients for two:
85g Seed & Bean Lemon and Poppy Seed White Chocolate
40ml semi-skimmed milk
1 egg white
110ml double cream
Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie, then take it off the heat and whisk in the milk.
In a separate bowl whisk the egg white until small peaks form, then fold it into the chocolate mix.
In another bowl whisk the cream until stiff (sorry about all the washing up), then fold that into the chocolate mix. If it looks a bit lumpy to you, pass it through a sieve. If not, go ahead and pour it into 2 martini glasses.
Chill for about 3 hours, then serve it up – or put on Bridget Jones and eat them both yourself. Haven’t you heard? Seed & Bean mousse is the new Ben & Jerry’s.