Take the easy way to get to this absolutely awesome Chocolate Orange Mousse. It’s thick and creamy with a hint of citrus. We skip the egg to keep things simple. Just try to stop eating it.
Christmas just totally snuck up on me this year. There’s definitely part of my mind that’s still stuck in April. Someone posted online that March is in three months, and my brain might have exploded a little. This whole year has just felt suspended in time. Am I alone here? Can we just say that 2020 didn’t count?
I’m over here trying to figure out another holiday for two at home. We managed to get our kitchen functioning. We even bought a Christmas tree and squeezed it in somehow. My birthday’s come and gone, but it still all feels a bit surreal. Will things ever feel normal again?
I can assure you that through it all, we can still eat well, even when we’re separated from our friends and loved ones. This Chocolate Orange Mousse makes four small or two large servings, so it’s ideal for an intimate holiday gathering. It’s low-stress, no-cook, egg-free, and make-ahead. It’s truly ideal.
This mousse is rich and indulgent and tastes exactly like a chocolate orange. It’s kind of my favorite. The fresh whipped cream is absolutely necessary in my opinion. Every bite is pure pleasrure. I think we all really need a little pot of this mousse.
How to make Chocolate Orange Mousse
This recipe is a bit of a cheat as we’re using sweetened condensed milk and no egg whites. It’s fine. In fact, it might be bettr. We start by melting some good chocolate. You only need three ounces, so you can splurge on the good stuff. I like it dark, but not too dark. Maybe 60% cocoa. Let it cool a bit before trying to add it to the cream so you don’t melt everything.
Whip some heavy or double cream to soft peaks, then fold in some sweetened condensed milk. Next, gently fold in your melted chocolate, and finally some fresh orange juice and a bit of orange liqueur. Spoon your mousse into four pots, and let them chill for at least an hour.
When you’re ready to serve, whip up some more fresh cream to top each pot, then add a hit of orange zest. It’s absolutely delightful.
Everything is weird, but time doesn’t wait for weird. Christmas is coming whether we’re ready or not. This Chocolate Orange Mousse will make it awesome.Print
Chocolate Orange Mousse
Take the easy way to get to this absolutely awesome Chocolate Orange Mousse. It’s thick and creamy with a hint of citrus.
- Prep Time: 15
- Total Time: 15
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Mixed
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 3 ounces dark chocolate chips, or finely chopped chocolate
- 1 cup heavy cream or double cream, divided
- 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- Orange zest
- Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl or over a double boiler. This amount only takes about 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir until smooth and allow to cool slightly.
- Whip 1/2 cup heavy cream along with a pinch of salt until it’s stiff but still smooth. Halfway between soft peaks and stiff peaks.
- Gently fold the sweetened condensed milk into the whipped cream.
- Add a third of your cream mixture into your melted chocolate and fold to combine. You can be a bit more rough here.
- Gently fold the remaining cream into the chocolate, working in two batches. It may not stay perfectly smooth, but it will still taste great.
- Finally, stir in the Triple Sec and orange juice.
- Divide your mousse between four small or two medium cups and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- When ready to serve, whip your remaining cream. Add a spoonful of sugar if you prefer it sweetened. All you have to do is whisk it until you reach stiff peaks.
- Top each of the cups with a dollop of whipped cream and some orange zest.
Keywords: Mousse, Chocolate, Orange
Recipe adapted from Nigellisima by Nigella Lawson.