Chocolate Mousse Recipe with Orange Shortbreads

Chocolate mousse with orange shortbreads

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Make these ahead and you won't be fussing just before you serve dinner. This makes enough for 4, so save 2 for later – they will keep for a couple of days. Buy the shortbreads if you prefer.



  • dark chocolate 150g
  • double cream 100ml
  • egg whites 3
  • golden caster sugar 50g


  • icing sugar 50g, plus more for dusting
  • plain flour 100g
  • cornflour 25g
  • ground almonds 25g
  • orange 1, zested
  • butter 125g, cold and cut into cubes
  • orange blossom water 1-2 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Melt the chocolate into the cream in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water (be careful not to let the base of the bowl touch the water, or any water get into the chocolate), or in a microwave.

  • Step 2

    Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks and then whisk in the sugar and keep whisking until you have a glossy mixture. Stir a third of the meringue into the chocolate, then gently fold in the rest. Divide between 4 pots and chill.

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Mix the icing sugar, flour, cornflour, ground almonds with the orange zest and rub in the butter. Stir in 1-2 tbsp orange blossom water and bring the mixture together to make a dough. Roll it out to make a rectangle on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Slice into fingers, cool, then
dust with icing sugar. Serve alongside the chilled chocolate mousse.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 616
  • Fat 4.2g
  • Saturates 25.8g
  • Carbs 44.6g
  • Fibre 4.6g
  • Protein 7.7g
  • Salt 0.4g