One of my favorite desserts over the years has been this chocolate orange mousse. I still have the original parfait glasses in which I served the individual servings years ago. I think the glasses look good even after a few moves and being jostled about in bubble wrap. There is a bit of Grand Marnier in the mix along with orange juice and orange rind. My husband recently celebrated a birthday and since we are celebrating all of our birthdays (mine, my husband’s, and my son’s) later in the month, a cake seemed excessive. He loves chocolate so this was the perfect alternative. Because the eggs used in the mousse are not cooked (like in homemade mayonaise), be sure to use fresh, organic, or cage free eggs in the preparation.
CHOCOLATE ORANGE MOUSSE
2 whole eggs
3 whole egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier
6 ounces good quality semisweet chocolate
2 ounces cold water
Zest of 1 Orange
Juice of 1 Orange
1 packet of unflavored Gelatin
1 cup whipping cream, lightly whipped
Whipped Cream for Topping
Beat together the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar until the mixture is very thick. Add the Grand Marnier.
Melt the chocolate with the water over very low heat. Grate the orange zest and add to the chocolate.
Squeeze the orange juice into a small saucepan and sprinkle the top with the unflavored gelatin. Heat gently on the stove until the gelatin is dissolved. Add the gelatin mixture to the eggs and sugar.
Fold the slightly cooled chocolate mixture into the eggs and sugar. Then fold the whipped cream into it until it is incorporated.
Pour into six individual pots or glasses and chill for at least 4 hours. Garnish with whipped cream and orange zest.