Mount Vesuvius

Preparation info
  • Serves


    • Difficulty


Appears in
Sweet Dreams

By Josceline Dimbleby

Published 1985

  • About

This seems to me a perfect name for a pudding which really looks like a volcano throwing out its lumps of rock and molten lava. It is not, however, red hot, but is a chilled lemon cheese mousse with brandy, topped with mocha chocolate, ginger and caramelised almonds. Truly scrumptious.


For the mousse

  • 3 large eggs (size 1–2)
  • 3 oz (75 g) caster sugar


Separate the eggs into two mixing bowls. Whisk the caster sugar with the egg yolks until pale. Then whisk in the cream cheese until smooth. Add the grated lemon rind. In another bowl, whisk the cream until thick and leave on one side. Put the strained juice of the lemon and the brandy into a small saucepan and heat gently, but don’t boil. Add the gelatine and stir until it dissolves completely.