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Chocolate Orange Mousse

Few flavor combinations are as universally appealing as rich chocolate and tangy sweet orange. They come together in this luscious mousse, a dessert that is fit for company - but so good you'll want to hoard it for yourself.
Course Dessert
Cuisine French

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces dark cooking chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (2 oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon Cointreau
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest finely grated

Instructions
 

  • Place a large saucepan over a low setting, and fill halfway with water. Place a second, smaller saucepan inside (creating a double boiler).
  • Break apart the chocolate and add to the smaller saucepan with the butter. Allow it to melt slowly – you don't want it hot.
  • Whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. You can place the bowl in the fridge until you need it later.
  • Beat the sugar and egg whites together until stiff peaks form.
  • Stir the egg yolks, orange juice, Cointreau, salt and zest together. When blended, add to the chocolate, which should be melted but about room temperature.
  • Carefully fold the egg yolk/chocolate mixture into the whipped cream until just blended or even still a bit streaky.
  • Last, fold the beaten egg whites into the mixture until just blended.
  • You can now pour it into individual bowls, goblets, or one large bowl. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours to set properly.
  • Garnish with oranges slices and chocolate curls.
Keyword chocolate, Oranges
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