Spiced white chocolate mousse with crushed pistachios

Finally, something Christmassy
This is the kind of rich indulgence that should only be allowed at this time of year, because such a heavenly taste can only be created with equally sinful ingredients – butter, cream, sugar… Don’t worry about it. It’s easy to make and will make you shine like a star. If any food has the power of seduction, then this is it. If the people you serve it to like white chocolate that is. Many find it too sweet, yet here I would argue the sweetness is balanced out by the saltiness and spices. 
Melt the white chocolate, with the butter, in a bowl sitting over a pan of simmering hot water. Stir in most of the crushed pistachios (saving a bit for decoration) and spices. Whip the cream with the icing sugar until it reaches the consistency of the squirty cream you can buy in a tin (if needs be, you can replace it with that too). Whip the egg whites with a large pinch of salt, until peaky. Blend the yolks with the cane sugar, until it has completely disintegrated, then add a the vanilla essence. Take the white chocolate off the heat and allow to cool for 4-5min. Stir the egg yolks in. Gently, fold in the egg whites and keep stirring. Finally, add the whipped cream and divide into individual cups, topping with more crushed pistachios. Chill overnight if possible and hallelujah! 
 
Ingredients (serves 4)
 
200g white chocolate
1 tablespoon salted butter
200ml whipping cream
1 tablespoon icing sugar
2 good quality eggs (separated)
Large pinch of fine sea salt
1 tablespoon soft brown cane sugar
1 teaspoon good quality vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Handful crushed pistachios (you can crush them easily once peeled, with the side of a knife)