Chocolate-Orange Mousse

Published January 1, 2006.

Why this recipe works:

For a dark chocolate mousse recipe that would be balanced and light, we eliminated the butter and reduced the number of egg whites and yolks. We whipped the cream to soft peaks before adding it to the chocolate to make up for some of the lost volume caused by these reductions. To maximize the… read more

For a dark chocolate mousse recipe that would be balanced and light, we eliminated the butter and reduced the number of egg whites and yolks. We whipped the cream to soft peaks before adding it to the chocolate to make up for some of the lost volume caused by these reductions. To maximize the chocolate flavor in our mousse recipe, we used a combination of 8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, ands added water to rescue our mousse from the weight of the chocolate and to restore its airy texture.

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Makes 3 1/2 cups (6 to 8 servings)

A handheld mixer can easily do the job of a standing mixer in this recipe, though mixing times may vary slightly. Garnish each serving of mousse with a thin strip of orange zest, if desired.

Ingredients

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