Desserts an image of 3 chocolate orange mousse in glasses

Published on May 23rd, 2010 | by Gareth


Dark Chocolate Orange Mousse

Chocolate is a pretty safe bet as a dessert if you have people coming for dinner. If you want to impress and take dessert to a level above Nan’s fruit crumble (which in my opinion is still a champion among desserts) then you can’t go far wrong with homemade chocolate mousse. Although this recipe might seem a little fiddly it’s a lot easier than you might think.

Preparation time: 35-40 minutes plus 1-2hrs for refrigeration


  • 300g Dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids) chopped into small pieces
  • 200g Cream
  • 200g milk
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of Cointreau
  • 3 Egg yolks
  • 3 Egg whites
  • 100g Caster sugar

Add the cream, milk and orange zest to a saucepan and bring to a slow simmer. Once at simmering point allow the cream mixture to sit and infuse for 20 minutes. Strain the mixture through a sieve and discard the zest.

Infusing fresh orange zest into the cream

Infusing the orange zest into the cream

Re-heat the cream mixture and add the chocolate pieces and Cointreau. Gently stir until all the chocolate has melted and it is smooth and silky.

Beat the 3 egg yolks and 50grams of the sugar until creamy and a similar colour to butter. Put this aside. Now whip the remaining sugar and the egg whites until you have light fluffy white peaks.

Fold the yolks and whites into your chocolate mixture and refrigerate for 1-2 hours until the mousse has set.

Egg white being folded into chocolate mixture

Gently fold the egg white into the chocolate

Because this is a relatively thick chocolate mousse it holds it’s form well if you want to make them into quenelles (an oval shaped spoonful of the mousse) an attractive alternative means of presentation to ramekins or bowls. See easy! Enjoy.

 An image of 3 Chocolate orange mousse desserts

Chocolate fest!

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2 Responses to Dark Chocolate Orange Mousse

  1. Melody Winters says:

    Yummo, tried this out, was devine, more themes on chocolate mousse please :)

    • Gareth Lathey says:

      The mousse is a favourite of mine too. I will give some thought to other chocolate themes including mousse.

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