Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Chocolate Orange Mousse


 Our local coffee shop* has, this very week, introduced its festive range of hot drinks, including a choc-orange hot chocolate.  I have thoroughly tested this new addition to the menu and can confirm this timeless classic combination of flavours is really rather marvellous in a hot drink. Thick, creamy hot chocolate, tick;  zesty, sweet orange flavour, tick; lashng of cream and chocolate sprinkles, tick.

And as I was enjoying my third drink in as many days, it seemed very fortuitous that the folks at chocolate truffle experts Monty Bojangles got in touch to ask if I'd like to sample their Orange Angelical Cocoa Dusted Truffles. Of course I bloomin' well would.

Warming choc-orange hot chocolate in one hand, a delectable, orange truffle in the other. Now that's what I call food pairing.

Monty Bojangles also suggested using their truffles to create decadent dinner party desserts. Perfect for the festive season.

* I am currently enjoying maternity leave and I reckon the baby and I spend more time in said coffee shop than I do in my own kitchen at the moment


Chocolate Orange Mousse with Monty Bojangles Truffles

(recipe courtesy of Monty Bojangles)

Makes 20 Mousse Shots or 8 ramekin mousses

Ingredients

300g Monty Bojangles Orange Angelical Cocoa

Dusted Truffles, roughly chopped

Pinch of salt

8 eggs, separated

100g caster sugar

1 tbsp Cointreau or triple sec

2 tbsp cocoa powder, plus extra for dusting

300ml double cream

4 oranges, zest only for dusting

  • Place the Monty Bojangles Truffles in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water. Melt over a low heat and add a pinch of salt. Remove from the heat and put to one side. 
  • Place the egg yolks in a large bowl and add the caster sugar, liqueur and cocoa powder. Beat until smooth. 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add this whipped cream to the yolk mixture and whisk again. 
  • Now add the melted Monty Bojangles Truffles and stir. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture as gently as you can. Don’t beat it or you will take all the air out!
  • Use a small spoon to drop the mousse into the shot glasses and chill for two hours.
  • Dust with cocoa powder and sprinkle with a little orange zest before serving.

Disclaimer: Monty Bojangles sent samples of their truffles to enjoy and bake with 

6 comments:

  1. Sitting in coffee shops is pretty much THE best perk of maternity leave. Enjoy lovely. x

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  2. So pretty! I love the styling and the snowflake on the plate.

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  3. mmm chocolate orange yes please!

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  4. Kate, a baby???? How did I miss this? Blimey, many congratulations. Babies just seem to pop out of nowhere these days ;)

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  5. I'm a recent convert to Monty B's - they've started stocking them in the christmas range at my local Tesco. Let's just say that some of those items aren't going to make it to christmas!

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  6. That first picture is so pretty, it could be a Christmas card! I'm a big chocolate orange fan too. I think I'll have to check out all the local cafes when I'm next in town to see if anybody is serving orange hot chocolates!

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