After a very long wait we have snow in London and I am so glad I bought the sledge. I really started to doubt that it will happen this winter but last night everything turned white and this morning we wrapped warm (I am not sure why snow makes us put on so many layers given that the few preceding days were much colder!), wax the sledge and went for a smooth ride to Richmond Park.
Freddie was very excited smiling all the way and complaining when we took him out. We climbed up a baby hill and slid down with the babe to much laughter.
Dorich House from the park side.
After coming home we had a reward in a shape of a chocolate mousse. Well, hardly a reward since we had so much fun! It is really rich and delicious and perfect with a cup of coffee.
200 g the best quality chocolate you can afford/get your hands on; 70% cocoa solids
a knob of butter
2 tbsp caster sugar
300ml double cream
1tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, separated
a splash of Amaretto
a little bit of good cocoa powder for dusting
shortbread biscuits, ideally home made as the shop bought are usually pale and floury.
Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over hot water. Beat cream, sugar and vanilla into soft peaks. Add the egg yolks to the cream and combine, in a separate bowl beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt into stiff peaks. Fold the melted chocolate, Amaretto and gently fold in the egg whites with a metal spoon. Out to the fridge for a couple of hours. Dust with cocoa before serving. Enjoy!
This is another chocolate mousse recipe if you only have 5 minutes, a bar of chocolate and a splash of water. Great for Valentines Day if you celebrate.