I love eating mousse, it has a bubbly, light and airy texture. I really like the combination of chocolate and orange, it’s such an great combination and the taste works well together. For this recipe I used Terry’s chocolate orange to make this mousse, I really do think their chocolate orange does taste good for a cheaper alternative (although any chocolate orange would work well).
I have never made a mousse before and was excited about making it. I’m always sceptical about using raw eggs, but it is actually fine and nothing to worry about, but I would advise you make sure that you use fresh eggs or ones that are a maximum of 2 weeks old.
Mousse isn’t very hard to make surprisingly or maybe I hit a lucky streak with it as mine turned out well. It was difficult to know when to stop whisking the egg whites, I suppose I did judge that myself and maybe I could be wrong. I whisked it until I felt it was right, as the instruction did say not to over mix and I did the bowl over the head test and it worked! no egg whites over my head :). I do think next time I wouldn’t add the juice as it did make it a little too light.
I enjoyed making the mousse and would make it again, it’s a great dessert and light after a heavy meal. I would also like to try different flavour combinations and see how that works, maybe coffee, mint, raspberry.
- 200g - Terry's chocolate*
- 100ml - water
- 4 - eggs
- 2 tbsp - caster sugar
- 1 tsp - orange oil (optional)
- Juice of 1/4 orange and zest of an orange
- 1. In a heat proof bowl (if you have a large bowl use that as the whipped egg whites will be placed in that) add the chocolate broken in the segments with the water. In 30 sec intervals heat the chocolate in the microwave until nearly melted. Then add the orange oil and orange juice be stir until fully mixed.
- 2. Meanwhile separate the eggs and in a medium bowl with a stand mixer or hand mixer beat the egg whites until soft peaks. Then add the sugar and continue to beat until the point at which they begin to form harder, stiffer peaks, careful not to over beat.
- 3. In the chocolate mixture bowl, using the hand beaters (no need to wash them) add one egg at a time and mix until fully cooperated and repeat until all eggs are used.
- 4. Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture in three parts. When fully incorporated gently place the mixture into glasses of your own choice, place them in the fridge and leave to set for an hour or so.
- 5. Add grated orange zest when ready to serve.
- * Terry's Chocolate Orange is 157g I used one whole dark orange and the rest milk so the orange mousse as some of the people who were eating it don't like too bitter chocolate. However I found I could of used all dark chocolate.