elizabeth david's mousse au chocolat a l'orange

1 Servings
4 ounces Good quality bitter
  Chocolate, broken into
Egg yolks, well beaten
1 ounce Butter, softened
  Juice of 1 orange
Egg whites

French Provincial Cooking [I used this to doctor a chocolate cake that dried out because it had been sitting in the fridge for several days.

I crumbled the cake and mixed it with the mousse and put them in individual containers.]

E. David writes: Nearly everyone knows and appreciates the old and reliable formula for a chocolate mousse-4 yolks beaten into 4 oz. of melted bitter chocolate, and the 4 whipped whites folded in. Here is a slightly different version, its faint orange flavor giving it originality.

Break 4 oz of good quality bitter chocolate into squares and put in a fireproof dish in a low oven. When the chocolate is soft, after a few minutes, take it from the oven, stir in 4 well-beaten yolks, then 1 oz. of softened butter, then the juice of 1 orange. Use a Seville orange when in season; its aromatic flavor comes through better than that of the sweet orange.

Beat the 4 egg whites as for a souffle and fold them into the chocolate mixture. Pour into little pots, glasses, or coffee-cups.

This quantity will fill 6. Put in the refrigerator or a cool larder until ready to serve.

Should you have some orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier or Curaao, add a spoonful in place of the same amount of orange juice.


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