You know when you have memories of something that was a super treat as a child? This is one of those memories, the reality is just as good as the memory!
Mum and Dad used to have dinner parties when I was a child, I remember Mum making this for the dessert, I remember sticking my finger in this and getting in trouble.
I did have to beg the recipe many years ago from my Mum, when she finally got around to letting me take the Cordon Bleu recipe books she kept three of them, one had this recipe in it.
I now make this as a treat. Be warned it is not a light fluffy chocolate mousse, it is a rich dense addictive dessert you devour in silence. Word of warning, serve it in small glasses you can stick your tongue in as you may just end up trying to lick the glass clean!
200g dark chocolate
4 eggs separated
2 tablespoons espresso
2 tablespoons brandy
In a heatproof bowl melt the chocolate either over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave (your preferred method). Allow to cool slightly, beat egg yolks into the chocolate mixture one at a time until smooth and combined. Add the coffee and brandy beating until smooth. Set aside.
In your mixing bowl whisk the egg whites until they reach stiff peaks.
Take a spoon of the egg whites and mix through the chocolate mixture, you don't have to be too careful as you are looking to loosen the chocolate and make it easier to fold through the rest of the egg whites.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and watch your friends and family go cross eyed trying to get the last little bit of chocolate out of the glass!