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Mar 25 2011

Chocolate Mousse-Filled Oranges

Published by at 1:54 pm under Desserts,Gardening


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

23 responses so far

23 Responses to “Chocolate Mousse-Filled Oranges”

  1. I love gourmet dessertson 25 Mar 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Very original and a welcome ice cream substitute amid the nice, warm Spring I’m having here in Europe.

  2. Alisa Flemingon 25 Mar 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Gorgeous presentation! I wonder how it would be to add some of that juicy orange to the mousse for flavor too!

  3. thefoodaddictson 25 Mar 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Alisa! Yes, it’s a great idea to add more orange to the mousse! We didn’t want to make it to liquidy, so we kept it minimal, since consistency is very important. We’ll definitely give this mousse another try next time and experiment with other flavors, etc. We absolutely loved this chocolate mousse! It wasn’t overly sweet!

  4. Erinon 25 Mar 2011 at 5:16 pm

    This looks way too delicious for words. What a great dish to cater with!

  5. Sherill Laughlinon 25 Mar 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Such a beautiful dessert! I love oranges!

  6. Meikeon 26 Mar 2011 at 6:34 am

    How do you make to oranges stand up like that and not roll over?

  7. Cassandraon 26 Mar 2011 at 7:00 am

    Very nice presentation. I like the contrast in color between the orange rind and the chocolate.

  8. lynnon 26 Mar 2011 at 8:19 am

    I love these! — made them for years. In fact my husband and I made about 4 kinds of mousse to determine which kind would work best. You can had some orange juice, but much better to add the Grand Marnier. Don’t bother with the orange juice of you add the brandy.

    If you have tippy oranges, slice a small bit off the bottom rind. Serve in a small cup or goblet.

    I usually let them sit for at least 1 day. The orange taste leaches into the chocolate so you really don’t need to add any additional orange flavor. Don’t add whipped cream before you are ready to serve.

    Contrast between orange and chocolate can be extremely great if you use a dark chocolate recipe, that is a cooked recipe. But find your own favorite mousse–the search is worth it!

  9. anncooon 26 Mar 2011 at 8:23 am

    WOW! A lovely dessert. I can have two!

  10. Sandyon 26 Mar 2011 at 2:54 pm

    What a cute and creative way to serve the mousse on top of the orange! The color contract is pretty awesome too. Yum!

  11. Susan @ SGCCon 26 Mar 2011 at 6:08 pm

    These are adorable and look so delicious! What a cute idea to put the mousse in orange cups. Well done!

  12. Conor @ Hold the Beefon 27 Mar 2011 at 2:11 am

    omg I am a massive choc orange lover and this takes it to the ultimate level!!! Eek! Love it!

  13. Christinaon 27 Mar 2011 at 8:51 pm

    What a clever idea, I too have an orange tree and now I’ll have something fun to make next December when they are ripe!

  14. Medejaon 28 Mar 2011 at 3:58 am

    Served like this it looks so nice. Lovely chocolate mousse..

  15. Chris and Amyon 28 Mar 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Love that you used the orange to serve it in!

  16. janeon 28 Mar 2011 at 1:30 pm

    cut the bottom of each half,and it will stand

  17. Chef Eon 29 Mar 2011 at 11:45 am

    I have to say Krissy, this is right up my alley! I am going to make this for dessert for my friends birthday!

    Elizabeth

  18. A Canadian Foodieon 29 Mar 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Stunning. I am one of the very few who do not like chocolate and orange flavours together unless it is candied orange zest dipped in chocolate – and even then, I prefer the plain candied zest… but I do love orange and I do love chocolate. This is a gorgeous dish with an excellent tutorial.
    :)
    Valerie

  19. Simply Lifeon 30 Mar 2011 at 6:18 pm

    WOW! what a creative idea!

  20. Lori Lynnon 02 Apr 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I have so many oranges right now. This is a darling idea. Thanks! Cannot wait to my next dinner party. A really perfect pairing of chocolate + orange! Kudos to you guys!
    LL

  21. Amy @ Label Printingon 04 Apr 2011 at 3:33 pm

    So glad I found this! I love the presentation and such a beautiful combo of refreshing and rich.

  22. sheila @ Elementson 28 Apr 2011 at 10:31 am

    What a wonderful idea!! It’s such a beautiful presentation, and the flavors are perfect together! :)

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