What better way to enjoy our fresh oranges that we grow than to use it to dress up a classic Chocolate Mousse. It is one of those desserts that we both genuinely enjoy because it’s light and airy, and a perfect ending to any meal. With just a few ingredients and a mixer, we whipped up (no pun intended) this wonderful Orange Chocolate Mousse that we filled in our own oranges that we halved. And for an equally delicious garnish, we topped it with whipped cream and orange zest. Now, how can anyone resist such a lovely and refreshing dessert? Okay – let’s put it this way – it was so addicting to eat that I may have licked the bowl clean.
We grow our oranges in a pot in our garden just to control it from growing out of control.
(Sorry for the god-awful picture. I must've drank too much Grand Marnier when I took this.) In a double boiler, combine 5 oz of bittersweet chocolate (we used chocolate chips), along with 2 tbsp coffee and 2 tbsp Grand Marnier. The Grand Marnier is the extra ingredient that gives it that subtle orange flavor. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
When chocolate has cooled, whisk in 4 large egg yolks, one at a time. Keep in mind that this is a classic French mousse recipe so it requires raw eggs which will not be cooked.
In a mixer, whip 1 cup chilled heavy cream to soft peaks. In another bowl, beat the 4 egg whites until foamy. Add 1 tbsp sugar and beat to soft peaks.
Fold half of whites into chocolate until incorporated, then fold in rest of whites. Finally, fold in whipped cream.
The chocolate mousse should look like this. Keep in the fridge to chill at least 4 hours before serving.
To serve, cut 4 oranges in half and scoop out the flesh without breaking the skin. Fill the shells with the chocolate mousse, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with orange zest. This is a creative and fun way to serve the Chocolate Mousse to your guests to add that extra "wow" factor!
To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Chocolate Mousse-Filled Oranges