You don’t need me to tell you this, but chocolate and orange make a damn fine couple – formed between them is an enticing middle ground equidistant from sweet, citrus and bitter. Together they possess something instantly mouth-watering – perhaps it’s the pervasive aroma of orange, combined with the knowledge of incoming cocoa. Whatever the reason, chocolate orange mousse is a fabulous dessert that oozes luxury and decadence from every air pocket, yet it contains a mere five ingredients – one of which is water.
Everyone has a go-to dessert, a signature dish that never fails to impress. For me, it has to be chocolate mousse – it’s almost impossibly light, extremely flavoursome and devilishly naughty. Of course, producing the same dish ad infinitum would get rather boring, but mousse has a rather fine ace up its proverbial (and perfectly tailored) sleeve – simple variation. It’s so easy to completely alter the flavour profile of this popular dessert that it never has to get old. Take my mocha mousse, for example – by replacing the water with coffee you instantly add a new dimension to the recipe, one that complements and improves as it goes. The same goes for the orange syrup in this recipe – delicious to the last spoonful.
However, experimentation needn’t finish there – why not give these little pots of wonder an end-of-season twist and substitute the orange for blood orange (like I did). This would be great for those of you who would rather a slightly more bitter dessert, as opposed to the incredible sweetness of a perfectly ripe orange.
For those of you who are a little tentative about using raw eggs, don’t worry – you’ll not come to any harm. As long as you don’t rub your egg whites with egg shell (the area most likely to contain salmonella) and ensure they are in date, nothing particularly bad will befall you… except perhaps a slight belly. Oh and don’t try to add double cream, please.
Chocolate Orange Mousse
• 200g dark chocolate (60-70%)
• 2 oranges
• 4 eggs
• 80ml hot water
• 2 tbsp caster sugar
1. Separate your eggs into two bowls. Zest your oranges and add it to the hot water, along with one tbsp of sugar. Place the chocolate in a large mixing bowl.
2. After 10 minutes sieve the water/orange mixture into the chocolate and add the juice of half an orange and reincorporate half the zest. Place the mixing bowl over a pan with a little simmering water until the chocolate is just melted, whisk in the egg yolks one at a time and set aside.
3. Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks, add another tbsp of sugar and beat again until they form firmer peaks. Tip and fold this into the chocolate mixture, spoon into cups and place in the fridge for 3-4 hours to set. Enjoy within a day or so.
Cost: This chocolate mousse recipe may be decadent, but because it doesn’t contain any of that dreaded double cream (it destroys a good mousse), it remains pleasantly cheap. Indeed, even if you use a fairly decent brand of chocolate these pots of wonder should set you back a mere £2.60 – lovely.
123 replies on “Chocolate Orange Mousse”
Delicious. Love the photos, too.
So so lovely — I look forward to giving it a go. Citrus and chocolate is absurdly delicious!
Let me know how it goes!
Diary-free mousse! Love it! You didn’t specify what kind of chocolate… Do you recommend using bittersweet (60%+ cocoa)? I noticed you add very little sugar, so perhaps you’re using a less bitter chocolate. Thanks!
It’s best dairy free… dairy makes it heavy. I changed it! 60-70%
Ooh the photos are lovely. Again. The way you wrote about this made me want to eat this chocolate and orange combo. It’s actually one combination that I do not really like. Got to try it again.
Thanks so much! You must try it again, you must!
Diving in now! In my imagination!
I’d imagine it would be quite nice to swim about in.
Finally! A dessert that doesn’t need an oven! I’m in Costa Rica and ovens are not a usual find in kitchens here. Looking forward to trying this delicious-looking goody out!!!
Indeed! I didn’t know that. Glad I could help!
Love chocolate and orange together, sounds absolutely delicious and will be trying your mousse recipes, thanks
Please do, it’s so delicious.
That looks very rich and well photographed.
looks light and refreshing
Well if I wasn’t craving chocolate mousse before, I sure am now!
That was my aim, of course!
i seriously can smell the orange, it looks so refreshing
Yum, this sounds amazing, and frugal, a great combination 🙂 I like the idea of serving it in cups too, since I don’t really own any bowls.
Indeed it is! IT works best in cups because it can set properly.
God. That mousse looks perfectly moussy!!!
Haha – I pride myself on it!
Holy moly they look good ! So light and airy !!
They were… really nice to eat 😀
Definitely two of my favorite flavors together. This does look naughty indeed 🙂
Hehe – thanks, Karista. It tastes naughty too.
Chocolate and orange may be my favorite of the chocolate combos. That mousse looks fluffily divine. Very nicely done!
Mine too 😀 – thanks!
Oh yum! looks awesome.
wow, chocolate and orange, a great combination, I just love it……delicious post!
Thanks – it was an amazing dessert.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE, that this does not include diary, I am making this! Yum!
Dairy would make it far too heavy!
How on earth ! I’ve never seen mousse so fluffy ! This looks so beautiful
Haha, thanks, Sam! It certainly was light!
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Chocolate and orange do make a great couple! This mousse looks so light and fluffy!
They do indeed! Thanks, it was 😀
One of my all-time favorite culinary combos Nick! Be.eaut.iful!
Thanks, Spree 😀
Chocolate and orange = one of my most favorite combinations. Must try this decadent mousse!
Mine too, such a fantastic combo!
This looks really really good, think I’ll try it with the coffee you suggest as an alternative. Believe it or not, I’m one of the few people on the planet who’s not keen on chocolate and orange. I’m yet to meet someone who doesn’t gasp when I say that!
Please do – see my mocha mousse recipe. GASP!
Oh my look at those lovely little bubbles, looks amazing
Thanks! It was really light and airy.
Not sure which I enjoy more–your writing or your lovely photos. No, wait–it’s imagining how good this mousse tastes with bloody orange 🙂 Well done.
Haha – thanks so much. I’m so happy you appreciate my writing!
Chocolate and orange – what a great pair! I love it.
Thanks, Daisy – it was stupendously delicious 🙂
Yes that’s a pair that will never grow old! Looks really delicious.
i could taste it from here. yummy.
A dairy-free chocolate mousse? Yum! I’ll definitely need to try this recipe.
Please do – it’s wonderful.
Sounds and looks delicious!
It was SO good, Laurie!
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Dairy free sounds perfect for Brian and he loves chocolate orange so this sounds the business. Lovely photos!
Fantastic! Hope he likes it, Joanna!
Yum! Pictures look good enough to eat!
I hope so!
Yum!! Thanks for stopping by and liking my post. I’m so glad I found you. I am definitely going to give this chocolate orange mousse a try! I’ll be following you…
No problem – I hope you like it!
Love chocolate mousse!
Me too – too much.
I do love a good chocolate orange. Good tip about the eggs I never knew that.
Don’t we all? No probs!
This looks amazing. I would like to share this with our Culinary Kids program.
This is one of my all time favourite combinations, plus I don’t like dairy… Looks delicious!
Mine too – loads of people have been commenting on how its non-dairy 😀
Oh my lordy lord. LOOK HOW light and airy that mousse is! Simply wonderful!
Hah – it’s all in the wrist action, Kate.
To die for, love chocolate mousse!
Thanks – me too. So light and airy!
Yum! I would love to get into the kitchen right now and make this BUT… raw eggs and pregnant don’t mix 🙁
That’s a shame – I don’t know what to suggest!
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I love chocolate and your chocolate orange mousse is to die for..looks very delicious
Thank you so much – it was so delicious.
Have you ever tried making Heston’s 70% cocoa plus water chocolate mousse? Always been interested in trying it 🙂
Nope, sorry :D. I have no reason to make any other but mine – it works well, tastes good and is fool proof!
I agree…yours is gorgeousness personified BUT in the name of culinary scientific experimentation…aren’t you a little curious about how water and chocolate could actually meld (rather than curdle) and turn into unctuous moussey heaven? I haven’t tried it yet but it’s vegan so I might 🙂
You do realise that my original chocolate mousse recipe is simply water, egg, chocolate and a little sugar?
The egg is the bit I was trying to remove. I guess its sort of ganache minus the dairy (or coconut cream that most vegans would sub). I think it is the shock that chocolate gets when it is subjected to being combined with water without something containing fat (in the case of your recipe, the egg…) acting as an emulsifier. I was just curious about the whole process :). Call me a curious little black duck 😉
Ah I see – if there’s no egg, then I doubt it’s a proper mousse. I’m looking for thousands of little bubbles of air which is given by the whisked egg white – nothing else can give that… unless he really is magical…
Looks so good! Orange and chocolate is such a good combo
I know – so delicious 🙂
I love the presentation.
Why is it that whenever I swing by your site, I walk away wanting to cook your recipes right away !!! Love the photography 🙂
I’ve taken the big leap and gone self hosted, have you seen the new site? Would love some feedback plus I guess it’s safe to say I miss my wordpress.com clan !
Haha – thank you. I hope you do try something :D. I just checked it out – it looks great. The loading time is quite large though which will be damaging your google ranking. Try optimising your images (making their file size a little smaller – Photoshop works well). Also, if you miss the WordPress lot you can install the jetpack plug in and ask .com to transfer your followers over!
I think I shall. Tossing up between the hot chocolate and savoury pancakes for this weekend or both maybe? Thanks so much for having a look at the site and your insights. I will look into the image load issue, another friend pointed that out too and my site is very image heavy so I do understand. I have installed jetpack and transferred followers over but noone seems to be stopping by anymore 🙁 Odd hey? Thanks again for all the advice.
Both, why not? :D. I hope everything smoothes out – perhaps get back in contact with WordPress.com, there might be a problem.
Oh yum, your mousse sounds so delicious! It looks gorgeous too!
Thanks, Rosie – it was wonderful.
Thank you very much!
After one week and 3 days, this post popped up in my reader… Better late than never. Beautiful job!!
That’s strange – thanks anyway 😀
I am a newbie in trying new recipes. What does zest the oranges mean? I have seen this word in a many sites, but I do not know what it means. Thanks
Using a grater to remove the citrus skin – the zest is the skin.
OK. thanks lots. You have an awesome blog.
Thank you very much!
Wow another variation. This is next on my list
Haha – indeed. I couldn’t resist.
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Ooh la la! That’s a beautiful picture. Love how photos feature the star ingredient. Gonna try it soon… Yum!
What size eggs do you use please. I want to make this today in readiness for a big family lunch tomorrow !
Help! I have attempted this reciepe three times. The first attempt saw my chocolate go into a thick mass upon melting so I google this problem and the responds was to never add liquid to chocolate!! My second attempt went the same was as I used a wooden spoon first time so I used a dry metal the second….same result!! My third attempt I adapted the recipe by not including the orange but adding finely chopped orange zest to the egg whites. Chocolate melted beautifully but upon adding the egg yolks it once again went hard, what am I doing wrong, I have a very disappointed 9 year old Please advice
Are you adding the water before melting and then melting gently? I assure you this recipe does work and I’ve made it many times without issue. Are you melting the chocolate over a bain marie?
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When you add the orange/water through the sieve, is it the left over zest part or is it the infused water part???
This is now my go-to dessert. Absolutely love it. And I always get loads of compliments, even from friends who claim to not like chocolate mousse (how can you not?????!!!!) Thank you!
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